Lot 47

2019   |   Scottsdale Auctions 2019

1965 Fiat-Abarth 1000 TC Berlina

SOLD $72,800


$80,000 - $100,000| Without Reserve





Car Highlights

One of Abarth’s Most Successful Models
Formerly Owned by Abarth & Cie Racing Team and Raced by Arturo Merzario
In Current Ownership for More than 30 Years
Maintained by Racing Specialists
Presented with Rare Souvenirs from Its Racing Days

Technical Specs

982 CC OHV Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
Single Weber Downdraft Carburetor
68 BHP at 6,000 RPM
5-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Hydraulic Disc Brakes
Front Independent Suspension with Upper Wishbones and Transverse Leaf Spring
Rear Swing-Axle Suspension with Coil Springs

Saleroom Addendum

Please note that this vehicle is titled as 1964, with the chassis as 100D1965262.

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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.