1965 ABARTH 1000TC 5M Competition Berlinetta
Type Tipo 210
Model 1000 TC 5M Competition Berlinetta
Type CSIA/FIA GR2/4 Competition Saloon
Chassis No FIAT 100D★1965262★
ABARTH No ABARTH 210 ★1651★
Engine No FIAT 100D 000 ★2025431★
Exterior Color WHITE
Interior Color RED
Now here is something you do not see ever day. A real ABARTH 1000TC 5M Competition Berlinetta! Not a replica, not a fake, not a .....
clone, but a genuine original ''real deal” bonafide ABARTH ordered, assembled and delivered new example! With the possible exception of a Shelby Cobra or GT350, there is likely no other more commonly replicated period GT automobile than ABARTH's giant killing, 1000TC. But wait... it gets even better... not only is this a genuine, original example, it is also one of the very few, fully documented from new examples built for and retained new as a Factory ABARTH & CIE Racing Team vehicle. From 1967 until 1969, the assigned driver was none other than Arturo Merzario who drove it at numerous events including the 4 Hours of Monza and several European Touring Car Championship races.
Despite both their diminutive size and price, most enthusiasts and collectors shy away from these fantastic Italian GT racers simply because it is nearly impossible to find an actual original example. When a real one does become available, the sale of such a machine is near instantaneous leaving those wanting one still waiting for a chance at the next. Here today is that rarified opportunity and I hope you, dear enthusiast, as such are paying attention!
ABARTH had been tuning FIATs since the early 1950s. The production based 600 and later 600D's provided the optimum platform for no end of ''go-fast'' bolt-on as well as more involved development and modifications for flat-out racing in the ever so popular European Touring Car Class as well as State-side in a variety of SCCA classes. The 600D's 847cc engine became the basis of the 850TC ''Tourisimo Competizione'' of family racers. These evolved in parallel with the 1000TC which was fitted with an even more powerful 1,050cc engine. The 850TC, was introduced in 1960 and the 847cc engine received special tuning from ABARTH boosting horsepower to 52 and raising top speed to 92 mph. Performance was further enhanced with disc brakes and the suspension also received a variety of special upgrades and updates as well. The 850TC was followed by the 850TC Nurburgring Corsa which featured an additional 16 horsepower and a large front-mounted radiator. The propped-open rear engine lid gave this series of cars a very unique and distinctive look. When the engine lid was open, it not only provided additional cooling to the engine but also acted as a very useful rear wing, generating downforce to the rear wheels in a manner Porsche had not yet even considered for their newly developing ''tail-happy'' 911.
ABARTH 210 ★1651★ Today:
It would be nearly impossible to find another fully documented from new, Ex-ABARTH Factory Team car such as this particular machine. The very few real examples that survive rarely have complete and documented histories and the numerous fakes and clones further cloudy the field of real verses fiction. I have been a hard-core enthusiast and fan of these diminutive “Giant Killers” for more than 30 years but finding a real example just about impossible. In fact, to date, I have encountered only one other original example so far and that one had complete mystery history until the mid 1990s when it surfaced in a closed Japanese Museum Collection.
There are likely very few original ABARTH 1000TCs left in the world in this state of originality, preservation and conservation. While hardly an expensive vehicle, it is nonetheless a true automotive treasure that will find its next fortunate caretaker a very lucky individual indeed!