At the 12th Milano AutoClassica Show, the Abarth Classiche 500 Record Monza '58 makes its debut, flanked by its progenitor, the Abarth-elaborated 'Record’ Fiat Nuova 500 of 1958 and the brand new Abarth Classiche 1000 SP launched in 2022.
From 18 to 20 November, Heritage returns to Fiera di Milano for the Milano AutoClassica show, an event that has always been a reference point for enthusiasts, collectors, motoring museums and clubs - in short, a perfect on which stage to show our latest achievement to the public.
The Abarth Classiche 500 Record Monza '58 is a celebratory one-off classic car dedicated to the centenary of the Monza Racetrack, where the Abarth brand has picked up countless successes.
Hence the name of this unique specimen, produced on the basis of a 1970 Fiat 500, using specific aesthetic and mechanical treatments. The “Monza ’58” external livery recalls the green of the car that set records at Monza, the same color used by Abarth in 2019 on its modern Abarth 695 70° Anniversario. This decision is evidence of how current the link between the 500 Abarth and Monza still remains.
The New 500 developed by Carlo Abarth for the 1958 records serves as inspiration not only for the external liveries of the tribute car, but also for the interiors, which take up the same fabric and contrasting stitching from the first series of the 500, produced since 1957. The same color contrast can also be seen in the panels and sides of the single racing seat (a further homage to the record-breaking 500, a single-seater to reduce its weight).
The instrumentation is fully comprehensive: as well as the wooden steering wheel and Jaeger dashboard characteristic of historic Abarth models, it includes a prestigious timepiece from the same brand that lasts for eight days on a single charge, to recall that busy week at Monza when incredible records were broken.
The bare floors and the aerodynamic rigid roof to replace the usual soft top are also clearly inspired by racing, as is the pair of additional headlights.
The mechanics are also special: the car is tuned up to be especially sporty and is equipped with the twin-cylinder engine from the Fiat 500, turbocharged to a displacement of 595 cc using the Abarth Classiche 595 Tuning Kit. Reproduced with the latest technologies, the kit is inspired by the version made by the House of the Scorpion in 1963. Notably, the engine is the same one used by the Heritage team to test the components of today’s Tuning Kit.
The badges – including the 'Record Monza' one, an exclusive for this unique specimen – complete the veritable set of jewelry on a truly special car, a worthy tribute to an institution like the Autodromo di Monza.
This one-off Abarth forms part of the Heritage project known as “Reloaded by Creators”, by which a limited amount of classic cars with certified authenticity are returned to their original beauty thanks to the expertise and know-how of the Heritage team of technicians at the Officine Classiche.
On display alongside the latest model is its progenitor, a milestone of the Abarth brand and indeed of the automobile in general. The 1958 Abarth-elaborated 'Record’ Fiat Nuova 500: this was the very car used at Monza and it is the first example of a Fiat 500 elaborated by Abarth, restored to its original configuration thanks to our conservative restoration work.
Closing out the triptych of cars on display on the stand - “dressed” exclusively for this special occasion in Abarth Classiche colours - is another contemporary jewel, a specimen from a limited batch of just five cars: the Abarth Classiche 1000 SP of 2022. This car is a contemporary reinterpretation of the 1966 1000 Sport Prototype, one of the stars of Abarth's racing history.
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