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 2743 – a rise of 67.0 per cent against 2014 (1642) – and a top five finish in terms of fastest-growing car brands in the UK.
The London Classic Car Show, held at London’s ExCel exhibition hall, 18-21 February, provides 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, 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.”
Abarth prices start at £14,610 OTR for the 1.4 TJet 140hp Manual rising to £33,055 OTR for the 1.4 TJet biposto 190hp Manual.