Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1962
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Chassis number 
    1280038
  • Lot number 
    225
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

One of Abarth's most successful and iconic models. 982cc,OHV in-line 4-cylinder engineSingle downdraft Weber,68bhp at 6,000 rpm, 5-speed close-ratio gearbox4-wheel disc brakes, independent front suspension, rear swing axle/coil springsJust four owners and, were informed, only 27,000kmfrom newLargely original and unrestored condition. Eligible for a variety of classicrallies or other driving eventsThe Fiat-Abarth 850TC Berlina (Turismo Competizione) was introduced towards the end of 1960 and utilisedthe Fiat 600bodywork with some modifications, most notably a boxlike structure ahead of the front bumperwhich held the engine's oil cooler and extended wheel archesto accommodate widerwheels.In parallel with the 850TC was the larger1000TC designed essentially for competition. They became popular in the States where theywere aggressively raced against Mini Coopers in the 'D Sedan' class and provided plenty of competition for the British-built Coopers. They were so competitive that they were eventually banned from SCCA competition entirely. The 1000 TC evolved over several years and a variety of improvement programs implemented by Abarthkept themcompetitive. As such, they represented the last and most potent evolution of these models and with continued development wereraced successfully well into the mid-1970s before being eventually banned in most classes!The first 1000 Berlinas appeared in 1962 and used a version of the Fiat 600D engine. Prepared for road racing and track use, these cars helped win points in the 1000cc Touring Car Class. They were initially limited to only 68 bhp but managed a respectable32nd at that year's Rally Monte Carlo. In 1964 the racing version was replaced by the Berlina Corsa which incorporated a variety of overall improvements.This lovely example is powered by a 982cc,OHV in-line 4-cylinder engine with a single downdraft Weber, producing 68bhp at 6,000 rpm and mated to a 5-speed close-ratio gearbox. It features four-wheel disc brakes, independent front suspension and arear swing axle with coil springs.It's UK-registered, left-hand drive and we are informed that it's largely original and unrestored, has been enjoyed by four owners and has covered less than 27,000km from new. It certainly appears very smart and, as very few of these iconic little Abarth racers are seen in the UK, we imagine that it would be made most welcome at any number of motorsport events.