1972 Abarth-Osella 2000 Sport SE-021 Sports-Racing Spider  Chassis no. SE021-0021

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1972 Abarth-Osella 2000 Sport SE-021 Sports-Racing Spider
Chassis no. SE021-0021

£ 65,000 - 75,000
US$ 89,000 - 100,000
1972 Abarth-Osella 2000 Sport SE-021 Sports-Racing Spider
Chassis no. SE021-0021

Footnotes

  • This extremely attractive and potent little 2-litre sports-prototype Abarth is typical of the cars produced by the legendary Torinese marque in small numbers. Enzo Osella – the Abarth engineer who acquired the company and ultimately set off under his own name eventually to compete in Formula 1 - is credited with majority design and development of this monocoque-chassised 2-litre sports-racing Abarth which was aimed at the well-supported European 2-Litre Sports Car Championship series. There it faced primarily Chevron and Lola opposition. Quasi-works star driver Arturo Merzario qualified on a shatteringly fast pole position and set fastest race lap in the opening round of the 1972 European Championship at the Ricard-Castellet circuit in the south of France. His Abarth-Osella SE was entered on behalf of the factory by Scuderia Brescia Corse.

    In round 2 at the Roman Vallelunga circuit Dutchman Toine Hezemans won overall in his Canon team Abarth-Osella SE-021. At Dijon-Prenois back in France, Merzario’s works SE-021 yet again humbled the entire fleet of Chevrons and Lolas ranged against the Italian Abarth-Osella, and at Silverstone the duo did it again – beating the British 2-litre sports-prototype cars on the home soil.

    In the following Coppa Citta di Enna around Lake Pergusa on the island of Sicily, Merzario and his works Abarth-Osella took the marque’s fourth victory of the season, while in the two-heat Nurburgring 500kms the British star Derek Bell finished second in Heat 2 driving a Canon team SE-021. Spain’s Barcelona 400kms in Montjuich Park then saw Arturo Merzario beaten into third place overall in the works Abarth-Osella, finishing behind two Chevrons, a B21 and a B19/21.

    It proved a different story, however, in the Jarama 2-Hours outside Madrid, where Derek Bell and ‘Nanni’ Galli brought home their twin Abarth-Osella SE-021s first and second in a remarkable demonstration of the veteran Italian manufacturer’s capabilities at this ferociously hard-fought level.

    Abarth-Osella completed that memorable season as European 2-Litre Champion Manufacturer with a total of 72 points compared to Chevron’s 50 and Lola’s best of 48. Champion Driver in the category for 1972 was Abarth-Osella’s Art Merzario.

    The Abarth-Osella SE-021 was powered by a 1981cc 4-cylinder twin-cam racing engine developing a quoted 265bhp at 8,200rpm, and driving through a dedicated five-speed transaxle-type gearbox.

    This particular example is offered here complete with invoice, customs papers and some invoices for maintenance work carried out. As offered here it is fresh from several years on display and we obviously recommend detailed technical inspection and careful preparation before any attempt is made either to start or to run the car.

    The Abarth marque is enormously well-respected and highly valued throughout the motor sporting world, especially in Europe, the USA and Japan. There is a very healthy Historic racing arena for contemporary 2-litre sports-prototype cars, and as an example of its year’s European Champion marque we recommend the closest possible consideration for any owner/driver who might fancy taking a crack at those commonplace contemporary Chevrons and Lolas! Here we offer what is potentially a Chevron/Lola eater…
1972 Abarth-Osella 2000 Sport SE-021 Sports-Racing Spider  Chassis no. SE021-0021
1972 Abarth-Osella 2000 Sport SE-021 Sports-Racing Spider  Chassis no. SE021-0021
1972 Abarth-Osella 2000 Sport SE-021 Sports-Racing Spider  Chassis no. SE021-0021
1972 Abarth-Osella 2000 Sport SE-021 Sports-Racing Spider  Chassis no. SE021-0021
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