Abarth 850 Allemano Coupe
Carlo Abarth is best known for his delightful, 750 GT Zagato Coupe, the famous “Double Bubble.” What is less well known is that there were a number of other exciting Abarth cars built on the same Abarth modified Fiat 600 chassis. These include the rare and highly collectible Record Monza, in both pushrod and twin cam (Bialbero) versions, and the Allemano Spider and Coupe. One of the most rare Abarth cars, on the 750/850 GT chassis, was the 850 cc coupe with a body by Carrozzeria Allemano of Torino, Italy. The exact number built is not known, but it is generally agreed that the total is less than 200. Currently, less than 10 are known to exist in North America. In the book The Italian Car Registry by John de Boer, less than 30 of the nearly 600 Abarth 750/850 GT cars listed are Allemano coupes. The “Double Bubble” accounts for nearly 400 and the Record Monza, 65. At less than 30 known, the Abarth 850 Allemano Coupe is truly a rare car. In its day, the Abarth Allemano Coupe was very well received but sold in very small numbers. At a price of $3,385, it was in direct price competition with the Porsche Speedster and Alfa Romeo Guiletta Spyder.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in March of 2010 at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida.
52 bhp, 965 cc A112 Abarth four-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 78.75"
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel