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1965 Abarth 1000 Coupe Speciale by Pininfarina

Among the most interesting styling themes offered by the Fiat 850 - the latest creation for the Turin Firm - Pinínfarina have studied, in cooperation with Abart Co. for the mechanical parts, this special sport 2 seater Coupe.

On this new model it is fitted the Fiat Abarth 1000 - 4 cylinder engine - 982 cc. - 54 HP-DIN (gear ratio: 9/37 - 2 Girling disk brakes) which Abarth Co. has derived from the Fiat 850 model.

Aesthetícally the car shows a very slender and low appearance: noteworthy is the relation between the very thin and aerodynamic front end and the rear part, where the mechanical groups are housed.

The front part of lenticular section, is much sloping down towards the front end and it harmoniouslv blends with the fenders, of a very thin section.

The iodine front lights, expressly realized by Carello Co., are protected by a transparent fairing forming a one only horizon tal front element.

The whole front end is protected against shocks by means of light steel and rubber bumper guards, fitted at the end of the fenders.

The very low and slim side shows a slight dihedron giving a note of particular slenderness.

The side windows with the two vent wings and the much inclined and multi-curved windscreen form, with the pavillion, a one only element which turns over forwards by means of a special hinge system, in order to allow an easy entrance to thecar inside. The rear end of the pavillion works as a roll-bar. A very wide rear window allows a remarkable visibility.

The rear part, where the mechanical group is housed, has a very wide surface and it is delimited sideways by two elements dying in the fenders. A groove above the fenders works as air outlet for the car inside and lightens the whole design".

On this car special wheels of elektron alloy are mounted, allowing a remarkable weight reduction in comparison with the traditional ones.

The inside of the car is upholstered with elastic leather and padded with foam rubber for safety purposes. The instruments are housed in a very light ogival fairing instead of being located in the traditional instrument panel, not existing in this car.

The steering wheel can be moved aside to allow a better drive position, since the seats are very low and inclined backwards, according to the typical solution of the sports cars.

Source: Alessandro Sannia -

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