This spring, Centro Stile Fiat and Abarth commemorated the 1966 1000 SP racing spider with a modern version. The roadster used the chassis of the already discontinued Alfa Romeo 4C and was hardly intended as a production model. However, now the Auto Italia magazine, with reference to the head of FCA Heritage Roberto Jolito, reports that the car has been given the green light. The company will build five “prototypes”, but it is not yet known whether they will be available for free sale.
The original Abarth 1000 SP, developed under the guidance of Alfa Romeo engineer Mario Colucci, won the 500 Kilometers of the Nürburgring, the 1966 Aosta Pyla climb, the Stellavena Boscoquesanuova hill climb and the 1000 Kilometer Monza marathon. Under the plastic body of the spider was a tubular frame, components from the Fiat 600 and a liter carburetor “four” with a return of only 105 horsepower. The low power was offset by good aerodynamics and low weight, so the tiny sports car accelerated to 230 kilometers per hour and bypassed more powerful rivals.
The new 1000 SP uses an Alfa Romeo 4C chassis, with a carbon fiber monocoque, aluminum subframe and wishbone front suspension. Behind the seats is a “turbo four” 1.7 for 240 horsepower. Following the concept of the original car, the spider should be lighter than the original, which means that acceleration to a hundred in less than 4.5 seconds and a maximum speed of more than 258 kilometers per hour are quite real. According to Abarth representatives, the idea of building a roadster was born back in 2009, but it was only in 2021 that it was fully realized.
It was assumed that 1000 SP will take part in some events dedicated to vintage cars. Now, thanks to Auto Italia magazine, it has become known that Abarth will build at least five of these two-doors. Perhaps they will be sold to collectors, but so far there is no official information on this matter.