closing tag is in template navbar
timefactors watches



TZ-UK Fundraiser
Results 1 to 9 of 9

Thread: Good idea to start looking for a 60s Abarth!

  1. #1
    Master thieuster's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    GMT+1
    Posts
    6,963
    Blog Entries
    1

    Good idea to start looking for a 60s Abarth!

    This one was sold at Sotheby's for > 43,000 euros. A little under the highest estimation of 50K. They're small cars and a lot of barns are big and untouched. Perhaps...?

    As far as I know (please correct me when I'm wrong), Abarth -and not Fiat-Abarth- managed to double the hp from the 500's engine. I remember the days when I was a kid, seeing numerous souped-up Fiat 500s with all sorts of add-ons, pretending to be an Abarth... Funniest thing was the lid on the back always ajar for additional air cooling! NSU did the same. The car shown on the Sotheby's pics has that ajar lid as well. Note the expensive(!) Nardi steering wheel.

    https://rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/p...-695-ss/840468

    Last edited by thieuster; 13th February 2020 at 09:06.

  2. #2
    Grand Master Andyg's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Wiltshire
    Posts
    23,142
    Not just another Fiat Abarth repo, but a very original 695 Arbath.

    Carlo (Karl) Arbath was a genius, who should have similar recognition as that of F.Porsche and C.Chapman. He managed to get 112bhp from a 998cc normally aspirated engine in the mid- 1960's!

    Very clever chap.

    Whoever does not know how to hit the nail on the head should be asked not to hit it at all.
    Friedrich Nietzsche


  3. #3
    Master
    Join Date
    Aug 2015
    Location
    London
    Posts
    5,280
    The Italians love their Cinquecentos. I donít think there is a real Abarth in this lot but I think any 500 fan might enjoy it. A treat for me when they appeared unexpectedly.

    https://youtu.be/RTtQFUGUtSg

  4. #4
    I really like these cars, thanks for posting the video.

    Abarth was definitely old-school: "I'll just drill this out here here, add that there" but made it into an art form.

  5. #5
    https://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C1183831
    Had my eye on this one for a week or 2
    Would go with Mrs Goats new yellow Trofeo version....

  6. #6
    Grand Master Andyg's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Wiltshire
    Posts
    23,142
    It's hard to imagine these little cars racing against American V8 and blowing them into the weeds at many SCCA events. In fact they did it 51 times out of the 53. In the end the SCCA banned the 1970 1000 TCR.

    Forget Ford Vs Ferrari, this is a much better story.

    Whoever does not know how to hit the nail on the head should be asked not to hit it at all.
    Friedrich Nietzsche


  7. #7
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=QfCYllDLybE

    None too shabby against a 500bhp modern either!

  8. #8
    Master
    Join Date
    Oct 2002
    Location
    Chicago / London
    Posts
    1,180

  9. #9
    Master steptoe's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Putney
    Posts
    1,717
    Youíve missed the boat for original Fiat 500ís and Abarths by at least 10 years.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Do Not Sell My Personal Information