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Wednesday, June 2, 2021

The legendary Abarth's race car of the 1960s

The tiny car figure has always accompanied with the Italian car brand Abarth since back then, just look at the following figure of the 1966 tiny race car made of Abarth. That's "Barchetta Chuvolale," a small and lightweight Fiat-engined 1000SP (Sports Prototipo) race car built by Abarth with a nickname that carries a style of 'barchetta,' the Italian means "small boat,” and 'tubulare,' means "steel pipe frame".
1966 Abarth 1000SP Barchetta race car is built and designed by Mario Colucci according to the FA ​​(International Automobile Federation) "Group 4 (Gr.4)" racing vehicle regulations.  (Picture from: Supercars)
At the time, the Abarth 1000SP Barchetta race car was planned and manufactured according to the FA ​​(International Automobile Federation) "Group 4 (Gr.4)" racing vehicle regulations. It made a debut in actual battle in April 1966 as an evolution system of the 750 Sport Spider Tobulare, a pure racing machine with a steel pipe space frame manufactured with a focus on "Sport prototype class."
1966 Abarth 1000SP is powered by a twin cam water-cooled in-line 4-cylinder engine called "Tipo229A" with a displacement of 1,000 cc. (Picture from: BHAuction)
As we all knew, at the time Carlo Abarth's race cars had won many racing events such in the "GT class" under the 750GT Zagato, 750 record Monza Zagato, 1000 Vialbero, and "850/1000TC" in the "Touring car class,” is the category that has pursued more performance.

The 1000SP is Abarth's first mass-produced sports spider and also the first mid-ship production model. As the steel tube space frame was designed by Mario Colucci, a well-known engineer who once worked on the Julia TZ at Alfa Romeo's plants. 
1966 Abarth 1000SP Barchetta Barchetta is the first Abarth's mass-produced sports spider and also the first mid-ship production model. (Picture from: BHAuction)
It featuring with a curvy FRP Barchetta body, and is powered by a twin cam water-cooled in-line 4-cylinder engine called "Tipo229A" with a displacement of 1,000 cc and a compression ratio of 11.5, so it capable producing a maximum output power of 105 ps and maximum torque of 11.5 kgm.

After the racing cars out the plant and they succeed took the bulk of Abarth victories from 1966 until 1971. As the peaks, the Abarth 1000SP Barchetta often took class victories in the 1000cc prototype category, including class wins at the world's famous circuits like the Nürburgring, Mugello, Vallelunga, Monza and Targa Florio. These were not including by the countless local hillclimbs racing events it often won.
1966 Abarth 1000SP Barchetta often took class victories in the 1000cc prototype category, including class wins at the world's famous circuits like the Nürburgring, Mugello, Vallelunga, Monza and Targa Florio. (Picture from: BHAuction)
In fact, recently the famous tiny race car succeed inspire the parent company of Alfa Romeo and Abarth, Stellantis NV. (Stellantis) to make and launched the one-off sports car which is a modern interpretation of the Abarth 1000SP race car by using an engine taken from the Alfa Romeo 4C.
As qouted of BH Auction, one of the 1000SP race car was on the list to be auctioned in Tokyo back then 2019. The mentioned race car using a 5-speed gearbox made by Hewland, not by Abarth, and has been kept by a collector in Japan for a long time in 'ready to roll' condition and had been registered domestically (in Japan).

It also stated, beside you able to modify each part of the race car and the most attractive part is you can enjoy speeding behind its wheel on the public roads by participating in classic car rallies regularally, even though it is a pure race car. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | BHAUCTION | SUPERCARS ]
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