Lot 134 - 1974 Abarth Abarth 595
|Odometer reading||5,000 km|
|Estimate||£8,000 - £12,000|
|Result||Sold - £11,320|
Karl Abarth had a good head on his shoulders and his fingers on the pulse of the youth. During the 1950s, he built performance exhaust systems and other parts for Fiats using his Scorpio birth sign as the logo for his company. The natural progression of evolvement into a car manufacturer in his own right was only to be expected. The Fiat/Abarth arrangement benefited both concerns since it resulted in the many class victories that his cars captured in competition.
Abarth introduced his 695 version in the summer of 1963 based on the Fiat 500 as per usual, it was visually similar with key differences found in the mechanical upgrades that pushed its top speed to over 90mph. These cars were distinctive, eminently ‘tweakable’ and enormous fun.
Recently imported from Turin where it has underwent an engine overhaul some 5,000km ago, it benefits from full Abarth 595 specification including engine, synchromesh gearbox, brakes, exhaust, suspension, dash, dials, decals and bonnet straps. Both bonnet and engine have rubber racing strap fasteners and the engine cover is slightly open to aid cooling in true Abarth style. The interior is black with Abarth dials and gauges and an Abarth sports three-spoke steering wheel. Supplied with a fresh MoT test certificate and fully UK registered, this is surely proof that great things come in small packages.
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