• Campaigned as a rally car in Tuscany
• Highly desirable and road ready
• Nimble and noticeable
1040 cc four-cylinder engine rated at 70 HP, front wheel drive, four-speed manual gearbox, four-wheel drum/disc brakes, MacPherson strut front suspension, wishbone with a transverse leaf spring rear; wheelbase: 80.2"
Small cars are nothing new in the world of the automobile, but the famed Italian auto builder Autobianchi is a company that built their tiny cars with style and charisma. Born from the merger of Bianchi, Pirelli, and Fiat in 1955, the company produced only a few different models over its thirty-year production span, but the cars they did build are instantly recognizable. Innovation was the key to the company’s success, as they used advanced concept designs such as fiberglass bodies and front-wheel drive.
This 1976 Autobianchi A112 Abarth is a third generation model that actually campaigned as a rally car in Tuscany during the 1980s and 1990s. After the car was retired from racing in 2010 it was repainted in the original Italian Flag Green with a contrasting satin black hood giving it a unique design flare. The exterior is also nicely set off by its original 13-inch Cromodora wheels with the Abarth scorpion center caps that have been fully restored and present as new. The interior was restored to largely original condition, but still retains several traces of its racing heritage with an OMP racing kill switch still installed on the dashboard. The roll cage has been removed, but the mounting platforms for the cage are still in place, making it easy to return it back to its track duties. It’s also equipped with original-style seats and a two-spoke Abarth steering wheel. At the present time, the fuel gauge is not hooked up, as the car still has a racing fuel cell installed. The chassis is solid with no major corrosion in the floors or other notable damage. The engine received attention in 2010 when it was returned to street specifications. The 1050cc inline four with 70 horsepower was removed and serviced as needed. Although ready for street duty, it still retains its racing hill climb close ratio gears and a Magneti Marelli front strut tower bar. The sale of this Autobianchi includes a certificate from the Italian classic car registry A.S.I. dated 2002 and the original Italian title documents, as well as its current Louisiana title.
This Autobianchi is a car that runs and drives as well as it looks. In fact, the most recent owner just completed a 1000 kilometre drive from Italy to Stuttgart, Germany with no issues reported, prior to it being imported into the U.S. It's fun, it's fast and exceedingly rare.
1976 Autobianchi A112 Abarth