Fiat’s Abarth racing division has produced some truly iconic cars over the years. Models like the original 695 SS, 131 Abarth and Abarth 124 Rally put the Italian tuner and race team on the map, but some of its lesser-known creations, such as this Abarth 1500S Corse for sale by Targa Florio Classics in the United Kingdom, are equally as endearing.
The car, profiled by Petrolicious, is believed to be the last Abarth-tuned 1500S in the world that still actively races. In the 1960s, Abarth fiddled with the 1500S’ four-cylinder engine and took it racing in Europe and Australia. This car’s racing past is not known, however in modern times it has been rallied in Denmark and has also competed at the 2013 and 2015 Goodwood Revival and the 72nd Goodwood Members’ Meeting.
Because it’s still raced today, this rare Italian salon features some parts that are not original. It was brought up to FIA regulations after being purchased by its current owner in 2012, receiving a fuel cell, stiffer shocks and a limited-slip differential. The car also features a set of Weber DCNF downdraft carburetors and a competition exhaust system, delivering the deep growl expected of a true Abarth product.
If you’re looking to go vintage racing, this one-of-a-kind Italian classic presents a good deal at £35,000 (about $50,000 USD at writing) and has the confidence inspiring status of having once been approved to race at Lord March’s Goodwood Revival. Check out the ad over on Targa Florio Classics for more information.