Abarth turns back the clock

Staines Informer - - MOTORS -

ABARTH UK is pre­par­ing to turn the rac­ing clock back 50 years with plans for an ex­cit­ing dis­play at this year’s Lon­don Clas­sic Car Show.

The per­for­mance car brand’s ex­hi­bi­tion stand (D21) will fea­ture new and old – with plans to show the re­cently-launched Abarth bi­posto Record along­side the clas­sic Abarth Mono­posto Record Class G rac­ing car from 1965.

It will also use the oc­ca­sion to an­nounce the UK launch of the Officine Abarth Clas­siche, the of­fi­cial Turin-based work­shop where clas­sic Abarth cars are re­paired, re­stored and cer­ti­fied for cus­tomers lucky enough to own one of th­ese leg­endary mod­els.

Last year was Abarth’s best ever in the UK, with to­tal sales of 2,743 – a rise of 67% against 2014 (1,642) – and a top five fin­ish in terms of fastest-grow­ing car brands in the UK.

The Lon­don Clas­sic Car Show, tak­ing place at Lon­don’s Ex­Cel ex­hi­bi­tion hall, from Fe­bru­ary 18 to 21, will pro­vide Abarth with an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity to show what to ex­pect from the brand in 2016 while of­fer­ing a re­minder of the scor­pion brand’s glo­ri­ous past.

The new Abarth bi­posto Record cel­e­brates the 50th an­niver­sary of Karl Abarth’s as­ton­ish­ing legacy of 133 in­ter­na­tional records. A per­fect com­bi­na­tion of per­for­mance, Ital­ian style and at­ten­tion to de­tail, only 133 ex­am­ples will be built, to recog­nise the long line of rac­ing suc­cesses.

Abarth founder Karl Abarth drove an Abarth Mono­posto Record, Class G at Monza, win­ning the ac­cel­er­a­tion record on 400 me­tres and 500 me­tres. Un­able to find the right driver, he de­cided to lose 30 kilo­grams in weight to slip into the tight cock­pit him­self.

“It’s an im­por­tant clas­sic car show and we are de­lighted to be show­ing two clas­sics of our own,” says Gerry Souther­ing­ton, brand man­ager at Abarth UK.

“The Mono­posto was a highly suc­cess­ful car and is now steeped in his­tory.

“As for the Bi­posto Record, I’m sure that it will one day be­come a clas­sic in its own right.”

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