Lot 156 - 1972 Fiat 595 EsseEsse Tribute
|Odometer reading||38,193 miles|
|Estimate||£15,000 - £20,000|
|Result||Sold - £16,000|
Karl Abarth adopted his Scorpio birth sign as the logo for his company as he delivered performance parts for other marques soon evolving into a car manufacturer in his own right. Fiat tended to supply the body shells or partly completed cars which Abarth then modified. This arrangement benefited both concerns since it resulted in the many class victories in its newly adopted competition environment. Mechanically, the Abarth 595 was a vastly improved car over the standard Fiat 500 with special pistons, valves, a high-lift camshaft and large downdraft Solex or Weber carburettor. The power output increased from 22bhp at 4400rpm to 32bhp at 6000rpm. The suspension was stiffened and lowered and the coachwork adorned with Abarth badges inside and out.
Sold new in Germany in 1972 and purchased by the previous owner in January 2012, it was used regularly until 2013 when it was restored by marque specialists to an extremely high standard; indeed, possibly the best we have ever seen. Much attention was given to detail after exhaustive research by the Italian owner. Along with its UK V5C registration document, it is supplied with a current MoT test certificate, the old German registration paperwork and the equivalent German MoT test certificate.