Some Fiat Abarth Cars Based On The Fiat 500

Recently I posted a brief report on this website about the Fiat 500 cars.  These cars had very low horsepower as these were designed to be economical cars to buy and operate.  This humble beginning does not mean that the cars stayed that way.  Many of these cars received a performance upgrade from the Abarth company.

Fiat Abarth 695 (3)

Fiat Abarth 695

Abarth is an Italian racing car builder founded by Austrian-Italian Carlo Abarth in Turin, Italy in 1949.  The Abarth car shown above is a Fiat 500 that was fitted with a larger 689cc engine compared to the 500cc engine in the standard Fiat 500.

The 689cc engine was a 2-cylinder engine that produced 38 horsepower.  This compared to 18 to 22 horsepower in the Fiat 500 cars.  The Fiat 695 had a top speed of about 87 miles per hour.


New Abarth Badge

On the outside the Fiat 695 car shown above can be identified from the Fiat 500 by the Abarth badge on the front grille.

Fiat Abarth 695 (1)

Note The Abarth 695 Badge On the Right Side

The instrument cluster in the Fiat Abarth 695 is much more sporty and informative than the Fiat 500.  I like the steering wheel in the Fiat 695 as well.

Fiat Abarth 695 (2)

The Instrument Cluster In The Fiat Abarth 695 Is Simple and Functional

Despite the size of the little Fiat Abarth 595, two normal-sized people fit reasonably well in the front seat.

Fiat Abarth 695 (4)

There were several models Fiat Abarth cars that were built.  The car below was pictured at the Lime Rock Historic Festival in 2011.  This model is a Fiat Abarth 1000TC.

Fiat Abarth 1000TC 1964

Alain Raymond’s Fiat Abarth 1000TC

The Fiat Abarth 1000TC is based on the Fiat 4-cylinder 600cc engine that produced 28 horsepower.  The Fiat Abarth 1000TC shown above apparently now has about 85 horsepower.  In the race car shown above as well as the race car shown below both race with the rear engine cover open.  This open engine cover helps with engine cooling and I’ve read that the Fiat Abarth cars will go faster with the engine cover open.  I guess that it helps with the aerodynamics.

Fiat Abarth TCR 1000 1970

Another Fiat Abarth 1000TC At Lime Rock

The three pictures below were taken by Paul Henshall at the Jim Clark Memorial races at the Hockenheim track in Germany in 2010.

Fiat Racer (2)

Fiat Abarth Racer

The Fiat Abarth engine show below has obviously been highly modified.  many of these engines can reportedly develop 80 to 110 horsepower.

Fiat Racer (1)

A Highly Tuned Fiat Abarth Engine

In Austria, the firm of Steyr-Puch also produced cars based, by agreement with Fiat, on the Fiat 500.  They also produced some larger engine models.  The Steyr-Puch car shown below has obvious similarities with the Fiat 500.

Fiat Racer (3)

Steyr-Puch 650

So while the Fiat 500 was a very modest car, some modified versions have become very serious race cars.

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1 Response to Some Fiat Abarth Cars Based On The Fiat 500

  1. Bel says:

    The 1000 tc carsare fiat 600 based

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