From the Maranello Rosso Collection,1971 Abarth 1300 Sport SE 018 'Prototipo'   Chassis no. SE018/0016

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1971 Abarth 1300 Sport SE 018 'Prototipo'
Chassis no. SE018/0016

Sold for £ 39,100 (US$ 51,124) inc. premium
From the Maranello Rosso Collection
1971 Abarth 1300 Sport SE 018 'Prototipo'
Chassis no. SE018/0016

Footnotes

  • It was at the end of February 1970 that Abarth of Turin launched its latest sports-racing car model, which was aimed primarily at new young drivers taking their first steps up from small-capacity touring car or kart-racing classes.

    This was the Abarth SE018 otherwise known as the Fiat Abarth 1000 (or 1300) Biposto Corsa ('Racing Two-seater'). It was a very sleek, lightweight and handy little competition car and it would excel in National Italian events especially in the against-the-clock corsa in salita – hill-climb – series. Unlike its predecessor 1000SP model – the Abarth SE04 – the 018-series design carried the Fiat-derived 4-cylinder power unit in Carlo Abarth's preferred location – cantilevered at an inclined angle out behind the rear axle line.

    Upon its public debut at the February, 1970, Racing Car Exhibition, the new 1000 Biposto Corsa took the centerpiece role in Abarth & C's display. In fact it looked so tiny between its sister pair of Abarth-modified touring cars – an Autobianchi A112 and a Fiat-Abarth 1000 Berlina – it was instantly nicknamed the Abarth 'Millino'.

    Its chassis frame was a tubular-steel spaceframe, and its standard engine was the well-proven 982cc 4-cylinder twin-cam uprated to a mighty 120bhp at 8,200rpm. The bodywork was in moulded GRP, without a rear transom panel, so leaving the rear-end of the engine exposed to view under the flat rear deck. The little Abarth projectile weighed-in at only 400kg – and yet maximum speed was some 220km/h.

    This particular car – now EU taxes paid – was displayed within the Maranello Rosso Collection for many years, described as a Fiat-Abarth '1300' Prototipo. To what extent the car is a prototype is not known. It appears certainly to be based upon a 1000 Cuneo chassis with different bodywork and such later features as a rear wing. There is a suggestion it may have been driver Franco Pilone's works car, which was fitted in period with a 16-valve 1300cc engine, and we are advised that the transmission installed today is correct for the 1300cc specification. The engine is an Abarth twin cam unit built on a Fiat block 850 type 100G block, and there is some evidence of improvisation in its installation. Sold as seen from long-term museum display, it is a most interesting sports-racing car that once restored will be heard screaming up hills and around tracks in historic events.

Saleroom notices

  • An Abarth enthusiast suggests this Lot may be the Achille Soria car. The car was well campaigned in Italian hill-climbing, at events such as Mendola and Chianti in 1973, and Silvano-Ospedaletto in 1975. Some period photos - that may be the car on offer - are available to view online.
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From the Maranello Rosso Collection,1971 Abarth 1300 Sport SE 018 'Prototipo'   Chassis no. SE018/0016
From the Maranello Rosso Collection,1971 Abarth 1300 Sport SE 018 'Prototipo'   Chassis no. SE018/0016
From the Maranello Rosso Collection,1971 Abarth 1300 Sport SE 018 'Prototipo'   Chassis no. SE018/0016
From the Maranello Rosso Collection,1971 Abarth 1300 Sport SE 018 'Prototipo'   Chassis no. SE018/0016
From the Maranello Rosso Collection,1971 Abarth 1300 Sport SE 018 'Prototipo'   Chassis no. SE018/0016
From the Maranello Rosso Collection,1971 Abarth 1300 Sport SE 018 'Prototipo'   Chassis no. SE018/0016
From the Maranello Rosso Collection,1971 Abarth 1300 Sport SE 018 'Prototipo'   Chassis no. SE018/0016
From the Maranello Rosso Collection,1971 Abarth 1300 Sport SE 018 'Prototipo'   Chassis no. SE018/0016
From the Maranello Rosso Collection,1971 Abarth 1300 Sport SE 018 'Prototipo'   Chassis no. SE018/0016
From the Maranello Rosso Collection,1971 Abarth 1300 Sport SE 018 'Prototipo'   Chassis no. SE018/0016
From the Maranello Rosso Collection,1971 Abarth 1300 Sport SE 018 'Prototipo'   Chassis no. SE018/0016
From the Maranello Rosso Collection,1971 Abarth 1300 Sport SE 018 'Prototipo'   Chassis no. SE018/0016
From the Maranello Rosso Collection,1971 Abarth 1300 Sport SE 018 'Prototipo'   Chassis no. SE018/0016
From the Maranello Rosso Collection,1971 Abarth 1300 Sport SE 018 'Prototipo'   Chassis no. SE018/0016
From the Maranello Rosso Collection,1971 Abarth 1300 Sport SE 018 'Prototipo'   Chassis no. SE018/0016
From the Maranello Rosso Collection,1971 Abarth 1300 Sport SE 018 'Prototipo'   Chassis no. SE018/0016
From the Maranello Rosso Collection,1971 Abarth 1300 Sport SE 018 'Prototipo'   Chassis no. SE018/0016
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