A one off Abarth 1100 Sport concept styled by famed Italian design house Ghia will cross the auction block at RM Sotheby’s Monterey auction this August.
The Abarth 1100 Sport was based on the final Abarth 205 Competition chassis produced – another two-door sportscar that Abarth entered in races such as Mille Miglia and Targa Florio. It was designed by Giovanni Michelotti and constructed alongside the Chrysler Ghia Special Coupes that were being constructed by the Italian firm at the same time. As a result, it mildly echoed the styling of the Chryslers, using the same prominent stance, oval-shaped grille and canopy-like roof – though it was of course much smaller.
Ghia first exhibited their four-cylinder Abarth-powered two-door at the 1953 Turin Salon before selling it to American enthusiast Bill Vaughn – who did something very American with it. Vaughn named the Ghia coupe after himself, calling it the ‘Vaughn SS Wildcat’, before putting it on display at the 1954 New York Auto Show and telling everyone it had a V8 under the hood. The concept was then lost until 1982 when it was discovered and saved by a longtime Abarth enthusiasts who helped return it to its former glory.
The Abarth 1100 changed hands a couple of times through the years before it was purchased by the current owner in 2010. It has been carefully and painstakingly restored to the utmost accuracy, with those involved in the project heavily researching its past. Included in the sale, which is being held without reserve, will be a full vehicle history along with period color photographs taken in Turin. RM Sotheby’s says the car “remains a remarkable performance masterpiece in the Italian style, ready for further concours successes or driving events.”
Check out the listing here for additional information and photos.