1968 Abarth 1000SPSOLD

COYS Nürburgring Auction - Saturday 11th August 2007

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Estimate: €110,000-130,000

Sold: €100,000

Carlo Abarth, formerly associated with Cisitalia, launched out on his own in 1950. At first he concentrated on tuning equipment for Fiat and other makes, before turning his hand in 1955 to manufacturing complete cars. In the 1960s, Abarth was successful in hillclimbing and sports car racing, mainly in classes from 850cc up to 2000cc. As the 1960s drew to a close Carlo Abarth began to bow to pressure from his head of design, Mario Colucci, who insisted that the way forward in racing car design was the mid-engined configuration, not Abarth's favoured rear engine layout. A number of sports racing prototypes were built to this design, incorporating Abarth's own twin camshaft four cylinder engines of all capacities and new V8s of three litres. With his own designs Abarth beat the best of the European factory teams, including Porsche and Ferrari, in both hillclimbs and open road races.

This particular car was manufactured in 1968 and boasts a 1,000cc engine with twin overhead camshafts producing 120-130bhp with power delivered through an Abarth five speed box. It was homologated for Group 4, Category A, which requires a minimum of 50 examples to be built within 12 consecutive months. Construction is by a tubular steel chassis with the stunning body in glass fibre.

Campaigned in the Italian Sport Prototype Championship in 1968 and 1969, it also contested in various hillclimbs throughout Italy. Offered in good condition, this rare Abarth is an excellent choice of vehicle to use in the many historic motor sport events throughout Europe.

Reference Number 11818

as of 7/28/2007

Car 1968 Abarth 1000SP
VIN SE04-229A