Lot 277: Fiat 124 Abarth Rallye
The FIAT 124 Abarth Rallye was a high-performance 'homologation special' based on the 124 Sport Spider. First introduced in 1966 at the Turin Show and based on a shortened 124 saloon floor pan and running gear, the attractive Pininfarina-styled Sport Spider and its derivatives would prove an outstanding success for FIAT, over 200,000 being sold before production ended in 1982. The Abarth Rallye first become available in November '72 having been seen previously in prototype form at the Geneva Salon. Extensively revised with rallying in mind, the Abarth Rallye featured independent rear suspension by McPherson struts, wider light-alloy wheels, flared wheelarches, glassfibre panels, a five-speed gearbox, limited-slip differential, an internal roll-over bar, rigid hardtop, competition seats and a revised dashboard. The engine was a 1,736cc twin-cam producing 128bhp (DIN) in standard trim with 170bhp available in full rallying tune. Homologated in Group 2, the Abarth-modified 124 Spider served as FIAT's frontline rally car throughout 1973, achieving one World Championship victory. Re-homologated into Group 3 for 1974, the Abarth Rallye picked up another World Championship win and several top-three finishes but its finest hour would come in 1975 when, this time in Group 4, Maurizio Verini won the European Rally Championship at the wheel of the final 16-valve version. ASI homologated and Group 3 prepared, this restored FIAT 124 Abarth Rallye has participated in many historical rallies. The car is offered with ASI Identity Certificate and Italian libretto.
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