Autobianchi A112 Abarth, 1984
Autobianchi A112 Abarth, year 1984. Colour red combined with a black vinyl interior, dark grey carpet, and black rubber protective mats. This magnificent Autobianchi A112 Abarth was sold new in Italy to Mr. Matteo Milione. After him, the car has known only two Italian owners before the car was imported to the Netherlands by Montagna d’Oro. From new, the car has driven 99.988 kilometres, in Italy the motor and the brakes were overhauled, and the car received extensive service. This fantastic A112 Abarth is in excellent original condition, you will find only the slightest traces of use. The Autobianchi still has an Italian registration, the car can be imported to any country. The A112 Abarth is the most desirable ‘super-mini’ of the 1960s and 1970s. Based on fiat 850 mechanicals the A112 was an is a fantastic car to own and to drive. The Abarth featured a potent 70 bhp four-cylinder engine which gave the car real ‘brawn’. This is rare opportunity to purchase a super original example of the last 7th series incarnation of the fantastic Autobianchi A112 Abarth 70 hp!
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The Autobianchi A112 was presented at the Turin motor Show in 1969. The car was presented in the subcompact car or ‘super-mini’ class. The A112 was the ideal city car with a mechanical layout that was introduced with the Autobianchi Primula and which was also used on the A111 and the Fiat 128. The car featured a transversely mounted four cylinder in-line engine, and in depended sprung wheels all round. The rear wheels were sprung by a transverse mounted leaf spring, a superb Autobianchi / Fiat construction which was also used successfully on Cooper racing cars of the 1950s! The A112 engine was derived from the Fiat 850. This was a superb engine which was used in Autobianchi, Fiat and Lancia cars for over 25 years! The A112 was built in seven consecutive model series until 1986! The Autobianchi A112 Abarth was developed in cooperation with Abarth. The engine was tuned to 58 bhp, and the Abarth was given a special optical treatment with a matte black bonnet, matte black painted sills, and wheel arches. The interior received seats with headrests and the full array of sporty instruments like a rev counter, oil-pressure, and ammeter. Special alloy wheels and Abarth badges finished off this great ‘Italian Mini Cooper’ as it was nicknamed by the press. In concept a bit alike but the Abarth is ‘much more car’ and in my opinion possibly the inspiration for the later Golf GTI. The most powerful A112 Abarth version, the 70 HP, was presented in 1975. The 58 HP version was discontinued in 1976.
Technical data (Abarth 70 HP)
Four cylinder in-line engine
cast iron block, aluminium cylinder head
cylinder capacity: 1050 cc
induction: 1 twin choke Weber 32 DMTR
capacity: 70 DIN bhp at 6600 rpm
torque: 87 Nm at 4100 rpm
top-speed: 100 mph – 160 km / h
gearbox: 4-speed, manual
brakes: servo assisted, discs at front, drums at the rear
weight: 700 kg.