Rare 1953 Abarth 1100 Sport by Ghia comes to auction

Italian classic cars coming up for auction is a weekly thing, be it a Ferrari or Lamborghini, not to mention Alfa Romeo’s and Maserati’s, each very special and worthy of any car collectors garage. However possibly just as rare is this particular Abarth, especially if the one in question is a Best of Show contender at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

This 1953 Abarth 1100 Sport by Ghia is a stunning looking car and it’s heading to auction, at no reserve, part of RM Sotheby’s upcoming Monterey sale.

Designed by Giovanni Michelotti, the Abarth 1100 Sport that appeared on Ghia’s stand at the 1953 Turin Salon was clearly influenced by earlier works from Virgil Exner and Giovanni Savonuzzi.

Underneath Ghia’s skin, the Abarth 1100 Sport rode on a chassis derived from the Abarth 205, and the finished product even received a 205 chassis number (in this case, 205-104). The 1100 in the car’s name came from the Fiat 1100-103, which donated the engine, transmission and other mechanicals to the project. In stock trim, the 1100-103 (which also debuted at Turin in 1953) produced between 36 and 48 horsepower from its 1,089cc inline four-cylinder engine, fed by a single Solex or Weber carburetor. As tuned by Abarth, with dual carburetors, the compact engine likely made in the neighborhood of 65 horsepower.

One period Italian magazine described the Abarth 1100 Sport as a “masterpiece of design,” and we would have to agree, it is a very striking looking car.

The Monterey sale will take place on August 18-19, 2017, at the Portola Hotel and Spa in Monterey, California. For additional details, visit http://www.rmsothebys.com/mo17/monterey/lots/1953-abarth-1100-sport-by-ghia/1702551

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