Finished in Rosso Corsa with Black Interior, this right-hand drive FIAT 500 goes further still, boasting a Gozzolli-built engine taken out to 795cc. As well as the Abarth engine conversion, the car features a five-speed gearbox, disc brakes, ‘race’ shock absorbers, alloy wheels and Abarth instruments. Restored circa 1987 by Italian coachbuilder Carlo Caccaviello who had been responsible for its restoration (from a bare bodyshell) and has seen little use since. The Fiat will be suppled with a service and new 12 month MOT. The Fiat is now being offered for sale by the current owner who purchased the vehicle back 2006. The car has been maintained to the highest standard with service records to confirm.
The performance of FIAT engines, as modified by Carlo Abarth, has for long been held to verge on the supernatural.’ – John Bolster, Autosport magazine.
With their FIAT 500-based 595, Abarth adopted the most cost-effective method of coaxing greater power from a small engine, a new big-bore cylinder block boosting the previously 499cc air-cooled twin to 593cc. Higher-compression pistons, re-worked inlet ports, a special camshaft and exhaust system, and a larger carburettor helped raise power from 22 to 30bhp, though the biggest gain was in mid-range torque. Abarth’s conversion halved the standard car’s acceleration times and endowed the 595 with a top speed of more than 75mph. Lowered suspension and wider wheels and tyres helped the baby FIAT utilise the increased performance. Those still not satisfied could opt for the 595SS (Sprint Speciale), with 34bhp on tap and an 80mph top speed. And if that wasn’t enough, there was a further stretch available: to 695cc in the form of the formidable 695S
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