Fiat Abarth 1000TC

At the beginning … Fiat 600 1960 – Photo circa 1965, Beirut, Lebanon
In the beginning… 1960 Fiat 600 – Photo circa 1964, Beirut, Lebanon
Fiat Abarth 1000TC 1968 – Photo 2002, Canada

Carlo Abarth, nicknamed the “sorcerer”, was a master at converting an ordinary production car into a raging “bomba”. He converted mostly Fiat-based cars in the 50s and 60s but also worked with Porsche, Lancia and Ferrari. Abarth has won more races than any other brand, including numerous European Championships, endurance races and countless hill climbs. This car is based on the sedate Fiat 600, Italy’s “people car” (introduced in 1955). It was powered by a 600 cc 28 hp water-cooled 4 cylinder engine and was capable of a top speed of 100 km/h. Abarth gradually modified the 600, which became the 750 TC, the 850 TC and, finally, the 1000 TC which, in its Group 5 configuration, produced 112 hp and was capable of a top speed of 190 km/h. The open rear deck lid, designed to help engine cooling, also allowed for a higher top speed and was therefore retained even though the original rear radiator was moved to the front. It is said that Ferdinand Porsche referred to this set-up when designing the “whale tale” for his 911.

SPECIFICATIONS Type: 2-door (suicide doors), 4 passenger, rear engined sedan, monocoque chassis Engine: 4 cyl. 1050 cc, cast iron block, aluminium cylinder head, twin-choke Weber carburetor, 90 hp at 7500 rpm Transmission: 4-speed close ratio gearbox, limited slip diff. Suspension: lowered, independent front and rear with adjustable rear shocks Brakes: discs front and rear Wheels: 5.5 x 13 in. Cromodora magnesium alloy Tires: 185/60R13 Toyo RA1 Curb Weight: 515 kg (1140 lb), 44/56 % F/R Top speed: 165 km/h

RACE TRACKS – Since 1996, #328 has been raced at the following tracks – #328 a couru sur les circuits suivants depuis 1996: Second Creek Raceway, Denver, Colorado La Junta Raceway, La Junta, Colorado Stapleton Raceway, Colorado Steamboat Springs, Colorado Pueblo Motorsport Park, Colorado Le Circuit Mt-Tremblant, Québec Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (Mosport), Ontario Calabogie Motorsport Park, Ontario Sanair, Québec Lime Rock Park, Connecticut New Hamshire Motorspeedway, New Hampshire New Jersey Motorsport Park, New Jersey Palmer Motorsport Park, Massasuchetts Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, Pennsylvania Pittsburgh International Race Complex, Pennsylvania Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, Connecticut Watkins Glen International, New York