Back in the 60s and 70s, Karl Abarth set about taking standard production Fiat 500s, and upgrading them.
When compared to the production version of the 500, aesthetically the Abarth versions were similar, except for the logo, badge on the front and rear panels, and the coat-of-arms on both sides of the car. However, the key differences are found in the mechanical upgrades that pushed its top speeds up. The two cylinders, exhaust pipe, head and valve-springs were upgraded and specially designed pistons and camshaft fitted. The original single carburettor was increased in size as well. With so few models remaining, commanding such high prices, an evocazione (replica) provides just as much driving joy, at far better value.
This 595 replica was built on a base 1972 RHD 500 F:
– Rebuilt engine with Abarth style modifications (still running in)
– Upgraded sports suspension
– Period correct steel wheels
– Full respray in Positano yellow (period correct colour)
– Correct decals and badges added.
– Abarth ‘chequered flag’ roof fitted.
– New seat covers, door cards and carpet
– Abarth 3 spoke steering wheel and gear knob