1968 Fiat Abarth 695 SSSOLD

RM Auctions - Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction - August 16-18

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Estimate: $30,000-$40,000 US

Offered Without Reserve

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $18,700

49hp, 695 cc, two-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, competition rear springs, four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 72.4"

Karl Abarth, later known as Carlo Abarth, was born in Austria. He created a small manufacturing empire in Italy during the 1950s building performance mufflers and other parts for Fiats and other European makes. Carlo adopted his Scorpio birth sign as the logo for his company. He soon evolved into a car manufacturer in his own right. Fiat most often supplied the body shells or partly completed cars, which Abarth modified. The Fiat/Abarth arrangement benefited both concerns from the many class victories his cars captured in competition. After years of stylish special-bodied, Fiat-based coupes and sedans, Abarth introduced his 695 version in the summer of 1963. Once again the baby, rear-engine Fiat 500 was his basis. When compared to the production version you ’ ll note the 695 was identical except for the logo, badge on the radiator grille and the coat-of-arms on both sides of the car. Like all Abarths, the key differences are the mechanical upgrades that pushed its top speed to over 90mph. The two cylinders were Siamesed in special cast iron; the exhaust pipes leading up to it were “ polished; ” the valve-springs were upgraded and specially designed pistons and camshaft fitted. Further modifications were made to the original piston rods and crankshaft. The original carburetor was increased in size and an Abarth twin exhaust fitted. The lubrication system was modified with the adoption of a special gear pump. When the 1966 Abarth 695 SS Assetto Corsa III arrived it featured flared fenders, a front-mounted oil cooler and the ability to raise the tear engine cover for extra stability and cooling. These Series III cars competed directly with the 750 and 850TC Abarths. The 695 SS offered here is clothed in dark blue paintwork with a contrasting, modified red interior sporting a fresh dash, aftermarket Veglia instruments, a full set of road and rallye lights, a checkered flag vinyl sunroof, Corbeau racing seats, RCI racing seat belts, a Sparco shifter, racing roll bar and special 10-inch Abarth Cromadora mag wheels with PXV Michelin tires. This baby Fiat Abarth is ready for enjoyment on either the street or track and lacks only an enthusiast looking for exhilarating experiences and lots of fun.

Reference Number 10090

as of 6/1/2007

Car 1968 Fiat Abarth 695 SS
VIN 110F2932898 
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