Fiat-Abarth 1000 TC Corsa
After leaving Cisitalia in 1948, Austrian-born engineer Carlo Abarth set up as an independent in Turin, the home of the Italian automobile industry. From producing induction and exhaust systems Abarth branched out into selling performance kits for - mainly FIAT - production cars, later building a highly successful series of sports prototypes and limited-series production cars, many of which were produced in conjunction with Carrozzeria Zagato.
Possibly the best known of all Abarth's creations are the series of high-performance adaptations of the FIAT 600 saloon, whose giant-killing exploits were one of the most entertaining aspects of saloon car racing in the 1960s. In creating his 'TC' (Turismo Competizione) racers, Abarth stretched FIAT's 'D'-block, four-cylinder, overhead-valve engine to 750, 850 and finally 1,000cc. Quoted maximum power output for the 1965 Abarth 1000TC in Group 2 specification was 85bhp (DIN) at 8,000rpm, a quite exceptional output for a production-based pushrod engine of this capacity. More was to come when Group 5 rules were adopted for 1968, maximum power rising to 110bhp while in its final incarnation the 1000TC/R (R = Radiale, referring to the valve layout) had a staggering 112bhp on tap. Ed Swart, Giancarlo Baghetti, Willi Kauhsen and 'Pam' all claimed European Touring Car Championships for Abarth during the Sixties decade, underlining the Italian manufacturer's almost total dominance of small-capacity saloon car racing.
A genuine Abarth 1000 TC, this original works-built car (the chassis number falls correctly within sequence) was fully restored by renowned marque specialists Middle Barton Garage in 2009/2010, and since then has been used by the vendor for hill climbs, including the celebrated 'Vernasca Silver Flag' in Piacenza, Italy, with some success. Fewer than 1,000 miles have been covered since the restoration's completion and the car remains in generally excellent condition.
Noteworthy features include a correct Abarth A112 engine; correct Girling disc brakes with 3-pot callipers; five-speed 'dog' 'box; large-diameter drive shafts; Campagnolo magnesium-alloy wheels; and double-wishbone front suspension to works 'semi pendulari' (fully adjustable) specification. Accompanying documentation consists of restoration invoices and photographs; a V5C registration document; MoT certificate valid until March 2017; and a large file of history. Competition prepared and ready, this genuine Abarth 1000 TC represents a relatively easy 'turn key' entry into a variety of motor sports, or would be equally at home as a fast and exciting road car.
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