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1961 Abarth 1000 GT Bialbero

Most of the projects Abarth undertook were with Fiat vehicles and mechanical components. The results of his work were highly tuned engines, lightweight vehicle, and nimble handling. The cars dominated the smaller classes and often were quicker than the larger, more powerful competition in other classes.

The 750 Zagato Record Monza Coupe was based upon the Fiat 600. It was introduced in 1958. Power came from a Giochino Colombo designed twin cam 750cc engine which was capable of producing 57 horsepower at 7000 RPM. Top speed was in the neighborhood of 180 km/h.

During the 1957, 1958, and 1959 Mille Miglia, the 750 Monza Coupe emerged victorious in their class. Class wins at the 1961 LeMans, Sebring and Daytona Beach races were also among their accomplishments. They racked up many impressive victories in many types of racing, including hill climbs.

The engine from Abarth 1000 Bialbero was from a Fiat 600. The same basic engine design from the Abarth 700 Bialbero was used. It shared many similarities with the Abarth 700 including the chassis. The main difference between the 700 and the 1000 were engine size. The 1000 also had disc brakes whereas the 700 did not.

The engine in the 1000 Bialbero was fitted with DOHC cylinder heads with hemispherical combustion chambers, and enlarged intake and exhaust valves. The twin cam engine produced just over 90 horsepower and offered an impressive power-to-weight ratio.

Abarth introduced the 1000 Bialbero at the 1961 Turin Motor Show. It competed during the 1961 season and had much success in the 1000cc class. As the season progressed, minor improvements were made to increase its performance and reliability. Near the close of the season, a radiator was installed in the front.

Abarth won win the 1962 Manufacturers Championship title for the 'up to 1000cc' Division I class. For 1963, updates and modifications to the car continued, including the overall shape. The engine hood was lengthened which added greater stability at speed. A new five speed gearbox was fitted which helped improve the top speed. Abarth would end the 1963 season with a repeat victory in Division 1 racing.

For the 1964 season, the Division 1 category allowed cars up to 1300cc's. Abarth shifted their attention to their Simca-powered 1300 GT model which had been introduced in 1962.


by Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2010

1961 Vehicle Profiles

1961 Abarth 1000 GT Bialbero vehicle information

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Chassis Num: 1040293
Engine Num: 1699533

Fiat's rear-engine 600 chassis provided the platform for the vehicle that would become Abarth's 1000 Bialbero GT model. The name 'Bialbero' was used in reference to the dual-cam Bialbero cylinder head. The design originated with the 1957 Abarth 750 B....[continue reading]

1961 Abarth 1000 GT Bialbero vehicle information

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This was an Abarth Factory Team Car at the 1963 Targa Florio. It was raced in both England and Scotland. ....[continue reading]

1961 Abarth 1000 GT Bialbero vehicle information

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Chassis Num: 1128948
Engine Num: 229/235

This Fiat-Abarth Bialbero 'Twin Camshaft' was driven by the legendary New Zealand racing driver, Bruce McLaren, to a victory at the 1961 Sebring 3-Hours race for up-to-1-liter Grand Touring cars. The car had been prepared and entered for the race by ....[continue reading]

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Chassis #: 1040293 
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