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Karl (Carlo) Abarth, born in Austria in 1908 was often described as « a dreamer with his feet planted firmly on the ground ». This mechanics preparation enthusiast created the same name brand in 1949 after having work in been immersed in the competition from his early age and pursue the 20 later years to car preparation for racing and Grand Tourer. Among the numerous projects conducted by the Scorpion brand team appear the N°108 started in 1964 and based on a Fiat 850 bodywork. The small sedan has been completely rethought to become a genuine racing beast. Its X025-A type Sperimentale engine is an impressive goldsmith piece with 1600cc displacement, two overhead camshafts with dry sump and two Weber double body carburetors. With more than 130 horsepower and a five-speed gearbox the small sedan exceeds 220 km/h! To ensure safety and optimum road holding, the braking system includes four discs and the 13 inches Campagnolo rims ensure sharpened trajectories. This genuine racing car gathered many innovations at that time and first class performances. Such refined projects made Abarth a renamed brand still famous and active more than 100 years after its founder birth.
This Abarth OT 1600 tipo 102 /B chassis number 135/0003 is an absolutely unique exemplar, bought at Reparto Corse department by a great enthusiast of the brand in 1971. This unique owner has meticulously renovated it over the years, he explains that at the time this project was ordered by Fiat to Carlo Abarth to compete against the Alfa Romeo GTA 1600, but in front of its outrageous price the project was discontinued. Indeed the little sport car costed twice more than a new 911 Porsche. He later individually registered the car in Italy so this incredible Abarth is going on public roads. The Abarth certificate and the vintage purchase invoice are available, the car is well known in the classic car area and is not a recreation. In a perfect mechanics and esthetics conditions, this rarity is waiting for its new owner, ready to compete or simply to bring smiles and sensations on roads! This car appears in the wonderful book Abarth the Scorpion’s tale in page 226 written by Sergio Seccatore, a renowned expert of the brand.