1963 FIAT-Abarth 595 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 575584/00465
Lot 232
1963 FIAT-Abarth 595 Sports Saloon
Chassis no. 575584/00465
Sold for £28,750 (US$ 45,303) inc. premium

Lot Details
1963 FIAT-Abarth 595 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 575584/00465 1963 FIAT-Abarth 595 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 575584/00465 1963 FIAT-Abarth 595 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 575584/00465 1963 FIAT-Abarth 595 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 575584/00465 1963 FIAT-Abarth 595 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 575584/00465 1963 FIAT-Abarth 595 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 575584/00465 1963 FIAT-Abarth 595 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 575584/00465 1963 FIAT-Abarth 595 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 575584/00465 1963 FIAT-Abarth 595 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 575584/00465 1963 FIAT-Abarth 595 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 575584/00465 1963 FIAT-Abarth 595 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 575584/00465 1963 FIAT-Abarth 595 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 575584/00465 1963 FIAT-Abarth 595 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 575584/00465 1963 FIAT-Abarth 595 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 575584/00465 1963 FIAT-Abarth 595 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 575584/00465 1963 FIAT-Abarth 595 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 575584/00465 1963 FIAT-Abarth 595 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. 575584/00465
1963 FIAT-Abarth 595 Sports Saloon
Chassis no. 575584/00465

Footnotes

  • 'The performance of FIAT engines, as modified by Carlo Abarth, has for long been held to verge on the supernatural.' – John Bolster, Autosport magazine.

    After leaving Cisitalia in 1948, Austrian-born engineer Carlo Abarth set up as an independent in Turin, the home of the Italian auto 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 aerodynamically-stylish sports prototypes and limited-series production cars. An innovative concern with a sporting pedigree second-to-none, Abarth was taken over by FIAT in 1972.

    With their FIAT 500-based 595, Abarth adopted the most cost-effective method of coaxing greater power from a small engine, a new big-bore cylinder block boosting the previously 499cc air-cooled twin to 593cc. Higher-compression pistons, re-worked inlet ports, a special camshaft and exhaust system, and a larger carburettor helped raise power from 22 to 30bhp, though the biggest gain was in mid-range torque. Abarth's conversion halved the standard car's acceleration times, and endowed the 595 with a top speed of more than 75mph. Lowered suspension and wider wheels and tyres helped the baby FIAT utilise the increased performance. Those still not satisfied could opt for the 595SS (Sprint Speciale) with 34bhp on tap and an 80mph top speed.

    There have been countless replicas created since but this example come with its original Italian libretto confirming that it is an original FIAT-Abarth 595. Finished in white with red vinyl interior, this exciting 'pocket rocket' was restored in 2013 (bills available) and is described as in generally excellent condition. Noteworthy rare and original features include a 130km/h speedometer and engine cover support bracket.
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