A tribute to Carlo Abarth: the 695 Biposto Record

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With the new 695 Biposto Record, Abarth pays tribute to the original and glorious founder. Because Carlo Abarth set a remarkable record on the circuit of Monza with 50 years ago with a Fiat Abarth 1000 Monoposto Record Class G. Therefore, Abarth now releases the special 133 Biposto Record, which can be produced in a limited edition of 695 pieces.

Influential tuner: Carlo Abarth
Carlo Abarth, born on 13 in November 1908 in Vienna, turned out to be one of the most influential tuners in history after the war. He initially worked for Cisitalia. In 1949 he entered the paths of independent entrepreneurship and founded the Abarth company. Together with co-founder Guido Scagliarini, he took over the remains of Cisitalia. Then they established a racing team: the Scuderia Abarth. However, the core activities of the new Abarth company consisted of the manufacture of tuning kits and special exhausts. He expanded his activities and was at the basis of the development of a few one-offs. Subsequently, he became more and more involved by Fiat in the development and production of fast (er) versions of the Fiat 600 and 500. For example, the Fiat Abarth 600 sprouted from the 750. One of the derivatives of the 500 was the 695, which was also supplied as an extra peppered 695 SS. He also performed work for Simca and Porsche, among others. In the end he worked exclusively with Fiat. Abarth and also transformed Fiat's basic models into leading street and circuit racers. In particular, the 850 TC and the 1000 TC became pure competition winners. Abarth also continued to develop tuning kits. Abarth also broke record after record with various creations, starting in the 1950s. And in collaboration with the famous body houses from Italy, Abarth continued to build his own special models. They were mainly fitted with adapted Fiat technology. He eventually sold his illustrious firm in 1971 to the Torinese manufacturer. The Abarth 124 Rally and the Fiat Abarth 131 Rally were born in the 1970s.

Record with a G-class racer
Six years before the takeover - in 1965 - Carlo Abarth decided that he wanted to set a new record. He wanted to achieve the fastest sprint time in a G-class racer on the Monza circuit. Because he had not raced for some time and could not find a suitable candidate for the record attempt, Abarth took a special step. He decided to lose 30 kilos in order to eventually be able to sit in the tight cockpit. His efforts were rewarded in October 1965: the Fiat Abarth 1000 Monoposto Record Class G with 105 hp set a new sprint record on the quarter mile and 500 meters.

In a limited edition of 133 items, this Abarth 695 Biposto Record pays tribute to the namesake. Photo: Abarth / FCA
In a limited edition of 133 items, Abarth honors the name giver with this 695 Biposto Record. Photo: Abarth / FCA

Tribute with the new 695 Biposto Record
In 2007 Fiat Chrysler Automobiles revitalized the illustrious Abarth brand name. The Fiat subsidiary markets among other things - mainly based on the current Fiat 500 - models with the historic type name “695”. The new Abarth 695 Biposto Record is an ode to the successful attempt of 50 years ago. The Biposto Record will only be available in yellow Giallo Modena, while the front 'whiskers', door handles and tailgate are finished in titanium. The 695 Record badges proudly adorn the flanks. The interior is embellished with special instruments, sports seats with carbon shell and nameplate with unique production number. Brembo brakes, 18-inch wheels, an aluminum bonnet, the 190 HP 1.4 T-Jet engine, an old-fashioned mechanical lock and the Akrapovic exhaust system complete the desirable and at least € 55.450, - costing picture according to the makers.

Wink at number of records
Only 133 copies of the directly ordered 695 Biposto Record are built. The choice for that number is conscious. It equals the impressive number of records that Abarth died in 1979 to his name.

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