July 14, 2024
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Experience the Uniqueness of Driving an Abarth

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Here’s a chance to possess the one-of-a-kind Michelotti-designed Abarth 208 A Spyder. This vehicle was styled in the distinctively 1950s “Stile Transatlantico” inspired by American space-age sports cars, and looks absolutely stunning in two-tone teal over white. If you have always desired an early Corvette, but wished for a much smaller version powered by a 1.1-liter 66-horsepower four-cylinder engine, then this is the car for you! Acquire the Boano-bodied Abarth, you will be the sole owner of this rare gem. Money comes and goes, but the uniqueness remains.

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The only 208 A Spyder in existence was brought to the U.S. in the 1950s, after being displayed at the 1955 Turin Motor Show, by New York-based distributor Tony Pompeo, representing the Du Pont family. It roamed around New England until a collector of unique Italian vehicles like this one discovered it in 2007 and underwent a series of repair and restoration works, although the current owner recently gave the car a complete bare-metal repaint in its original color. The interior and trimming remain authentic.

Here’s the summary, according to RM Sotheby’s:

Designed by Giovanni Michelotti for Boano, Abarth envisioned that this design would attract the American market aesthetically but at its core, these cars were unmistakably Italian. They featured an ultra-light chassis, small yet powerful engines, combined with precise and elegant handling. Mechanically, much was borrowed from the Fiat 1100, including the suspension and 1,089 cc four-cylinder engine. Additional performance was achieved with Abarth’s tuning kit, which included twin-Weber carburetors and a custom exhaust header, boosting the engine to 66 bhp.

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This unique vehicle is up for sale in Milan, Italy (with Greek registration) for a modest 795,000 Euros, or approximately $852,000 at current exchange rates. That’s a significant sum for this petite machine, but can you truly quantify the value of being the sole owner of a car?

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