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Please note that the chassis number for this vehicle listed in the catalogue and on its title is missing a digit; the chassis number is 1280038.
Austrian-born engineer Carlo Abarth established his eponymous company in 1949 in Torino, the hub of Italian automobile manufacturing. Focusing on performance exhaust and induction systems, Abarth later branched out to the production of sport prototypes and limited-series production cars.
In 1956, Abarth modifications transformed the humble Fiat 600 into a world-beating sports car. Further developing the model, Abarth introduced a new and more potent evolution in 1961, based on the improved 600D chassis. Prepared for road and track, the 1000 TC – for Turismo Competizione – competed extremely successfully in the 1,000 cc touring car class, where it was frequently spotted with its rear deck propped open to assist with cooling and additional stability at speed.
This 1962 1000 TC Berlina is an early Abarth-built model, fitted with a proper AH engine block. The car resided with its original Italian owner for almost half a century; collector Paul Schouwenburg later acquired it and described it in his book, Ferrari Fever. The consignor, who acquired the Berlina in 2013, reports that it produces surprisingly brisk acceleration. It is believed to be unrestored, and it presents in largely original condition throughout. It also is accompanied by its original Italian logbook. Maintained by specialist Historic Race Car of Woodstock, Illinois, this Fiat-Abarth has completed rallies such as the New England 1000. Competitive during its era and exhilarating to drive today, this example will likely continue to punch above its weight for its next owner.