1963 Simca-Abarth 1300GT

ex-Giuseppe Dalla-Torre

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1963
  • Car type 
    Coupé
  • Competition car 
    Yes
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Exterior brand colour 
    Red
  • Interior colour 
    Other
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

Coys Auction - Automoto D‘Epoca
Padova Fiera
Padova, Italy
Saturday 24th October 2009
Admission by catalogue only - admits two
Registration Number: EU registered Chassis Number: 130S/0073
Most people associate Abarth with Fiat, but a very successful liaison was formed with Simca also. The French company was partly owned by Fiat, and when they wanted to appeal to a younger market with a more sporting image, they turned to the Italian giant for help. Fiat in turn went to Abarth, who received sponsorship from them. A deal was struck whereby Simca shipped floorpans of their 1000 Sabour to Abarth, who cut 4” out of the chassis and built beautiful lightweight aluminium bodies around them. The engine was an all-Abarth 1,300cc four cylinder twin-cam unit which produced up to 140bhp and was mounted in the rear, while suspension was nearly stock Simca 1000, incorporating a transverse front leaf spring with telescopic dampers and upper wishbones and rear semi trailing arms a la Porsch