There are many replicas, but this 1963 Fiat-Abarth 850TC is the real deal. And, what’s more, it’s for sale.
It’s been campaigned throughout its life, so don’t expect a pristine concours queen.
Instead – and arguably much more excitingly – what you get is a competition-ready classic, in a charming two-tone finish, backed up by a chunky history file.
And it’s being auctioned right now on Collecting Cars.
As well as being used competitively during the 57,225km (35,557 miles) shown on its odometer, it has been tweaked in its 57 years to the spec you see here today.
Power comes courtesy of an Abarth-tuned carburettor-fed 848cc inline-four, not the unit it left the factory with, but a genuine engine of the correct type and specification – its paperwork includes a dynamometer report from January 2019 that states its output is 48.4hp, with 40.3lb ft of torque.
That heady output goes to the rear wheels, plus it has a four-speed manual and a limited-slip differential.
Inside is a classic-style bucket seat and a four-point harness, as well as original items including its Jaeger dials and a period three-spoke leather-trimmed Abarth steering wheel.
Its 13-inch Campagnolo magnesium alloy wheels wear nearly new Yokohama tyres and it has Girling disc brakes at the front, the original drums at the rear.
Structurally, it is said to be solid and the vendor states the bodywork is presentable, if a little blemished, but then it has been much enjoyed.
You’ll notice that its flared wheelarches, ‘Stinger’ exhaust, front bumper and other details aren’t as it left the factory, but there’s nothing to say that its next owner couldn’t return it to its original appearance.
It’s thought this Abarth was delivered new to Umbria and spent a decade there, first registered for road use in ’67, before changing ownership and moving to Tuscany in December 1970, later moving again, with a new owner, to Florence.
Come 1989, it had been aesthetically enhanced to resemble a Group 2 car, and it’s sold with period FIA papers that show it looking how it does now.
It was next sold in 1991, its latest custodian hanging onto it for 27 years, before its current keeper bought it and imported it to the UK two years ago.
A veteran of a host of historic events, included in the documentation are an old FIVA identity card and an expired FIA Historic Technical Passport.
It was last used competitively in June 2018 at the Vernasca Silver Flag hillclimb.
This car’s authenticity is assured due to the numbers stamped in the engine bay: ‘214’ the model number for the 850TC and ‘3801’ being the internal Abarth chassis identification.
You can find its original Fiat number – ‘1519661’ – on the chassis plate.
It’s not for purists, but as a fun, thrilling piece of classic history, whether you campaign it, use it on track days or just for weekend drives, it’s not hard to see why it caught our eye.
Bidding closes in a week – full details are here.