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Please note that this vehicle is titled as 1964, with the chassis as 100D1965262.
This superlative example of the potent Fiat-Abarth 1000 TC was part of the Abarth & Cie racing team. Arturo Merzario drove it from 1967–69 at events including the 4 Hours of Monza and several European Touring Car Championship races.
In 2018, Arturo Merzario reviewed photographs of this car and its accompanying Automobile Club d’Italia registration documents, and he recognized with fond nostalgia numerous details of this Abarth, such as the vintage decals on the windows and lead scrutineering tags still hanging from the steering column. He also pointed out that two other racing legends – noted racing team manager Gianfranco Palazzoli (“Pal Joe”) and factory Abarth mechanic Samuele Baggioli – are among the names listed on the ACI registration.
The current owner acquired the Abarth in 1987 in Italy and had it shipped to his home in South Africa, where it raced until 1997. After the owner’s relocation to British Columbia, Canada, the Abarth plied the tracks of the Pacific Northwest, supported by the specialists at Vintage Racing Motors of Redmond, Washington.
Never fully restored in its current ownership, but always expertly maintained, this Fiat-Abarth 1000 Tourismo Competizione Berlina still displays superb souvenirs of its fascinating history and is among the most intriguing examples of the diminutive model that we have seen. Ready for your close inspection, this Abarth 1000 TC is not to be missed.