Black & White's Abarth

Specification



Fiat Nuova 500 Sport - Suicide Door Abarth 695 Replica


Engine

Fiat 126 engine bored out from 600cc to about 800cc with 79mm forged racing pistons

big valve head, and Abarth heavy valve springs.

Big Weber 40 DCOE24 side-draft carburettor.

Modified oil pump with Aeroquipe braided oil hoses and an external oil filter.

A virtually straight-through exhaust system - very loud!


Gearbox

Fiat 126 gearbox with close ratio 3rd and 4th gears.


Suspension

Lowered suspension with Koni shock absorbers.


Bodywork

Custom made front panel with larger headlamps and later Fiat 500 side indicators.


History

Imported from a small town west of Amsterdam in Holland.


An extremely rare early Fiat Nuova 500 Sport with "suicide" rear hinged doors and a sunroof, produced in Fiat's Mirafiori Plant in Italy.


The Nuova 500 was made between 1957 and 1960.


Originally painted in Celeste Medio (colour code 403) which is a pale blue similar to the current Vespa Scooter blue, the closest match the owner/restorer could find to Bugatti Blue.


Full restoration and conversion carried out by a previous owner in San Jose, California where the car lived until March 1989.


Sold new in San Jose, California by Star Motors.


Just two Northern Californian owners (Father and then Son) prior to restoration and conversion.


Imported from California to Holland in August 1989 by Dutch racing driver Hans Hugenholtz after he purchased the car from the Rick Cole Monterey Auction held during the 1989 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.