Record-Setting Abarth 1000 Bound For Auction At Pebble Beach
Imagine walking into the 1960 Turin Motor Show (as I'm sure you have before), and seeing this wild Pininfarina-built piece of hardware before you. Must have knocked people for a loop, and was undoubtedly the most talked about vehicle in attendance. But after decades of private ownership, this piece of Italian artwork is now headed to auction this August at Pebble Beach—and it's sure to drop jaws once again. The "Abarth 1000 Bialbero Record Car "La Principessa," as it is officially known, was built by Pininfarina on behalf of Fiat-Abarth, and the look is the result of a unique design process. Fiat-Abarth approached Italian coachbuilder Carrozzeria Pininfarina to design a car using the wind tunnel at Turin Polytechnic, with the sole purpose of breaking the world record for highest sustained speed over the longest period of time. At 3.9-feet tall, 5-feet wide, 14.9-feet long, and sporting a super slippery drag coefficient of 0.20, the "La Principessa" achieved it's intended goal, and then some. RELATED: See More of the Stunning Abarth 1000 Bialbero Record Car
Any vehicle setting nine world records is impressive, but the "La Principessa" did it with a 1.0-liter four-cylinder engine producing just 100 horsepower, all of which was fed to the rear wheels via a four-speed gearbox. Doesn't take much to be fast when you've got retro-futuristic body work that was designed by wind on your side. The two most notable records set by the car are a 10,000-kilometer run with an average speed of 118.7 mph, and a 72-hour non stop run at 116 mph.
This un-restored, "time capsule" car is expected to fetch just shy of $1.5 million when it's auctioned off by Gooding & Company at Pebble Beach later this summer. Hopefully I'll be on hand to get an up close look at this thing because I've never seen anything quite like it in person.
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Photo Credit: Gooding & Co