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This 1967 Fiat Abarth 850 TC ‘Tribute’ is an expertly-finished recreation of the 600D ‘Derivata’ racing cars of the period, presented in outstanding mechanical and cosmetic condition. Equipped with a carburettor-fed 847cc four-cylinder engine and four-speed manual transmission, it produces approximately 50bhp at 5,200 rpm. The odometer currently reads 4,819 km (2,994 miles), which is understood to be the mileage since the conversion.

A left-hand drive car originally delivered to continental Europe, it was discovered in Italy in 2008 and subsequently exported to the US. Enjoyed by several American owners over the course of a decade, it was purchased and imported by its current UK-based keeper in 2018 and is now an EU taxes-paid example. The car was thoroughly inspected on its arrival, but has never been registered here, and the previous Arizona title paperwork remains with the car. Having been in storage for just over a year, a focus on other projects means the owner is now offering it for sale.

This car followed the same path as the in-period Abarth conversions, starting out as a standard Fiat 600D before being modified to 847cc ‘Turismo Competition’ specifications. It has four-wheel independent suspension and front disc brakes, as well as an upgraded water pump, alternator and new cooling fan in order to produce a more driveable car for contemporary road conditions. Cosmetically, this Fiat also has the wider Abarth 1000TC-style ‘Corsa’ front bumper that houses the front-mounted radiator and oil cooler.

The paintwork is described as being in very good condition by the vendor. It was evidently repainted during the conversion, and still looks superb today. There are a few blemishes around some of the panel edges - notably the rear arch on the right-hand side - but the sills, door shuts and jambs are all in sound condition.

While mechanically upgraded to 850 TC specification, the aggressive bodywork has the cosmetic appearance of the 1000 TC ‘works’ cars, with the fantastic red chequered roof and side stripes. The Vitaloni Californian wing mirrors are finished in matching bright red, and all of the brightwork is in very good order. There are some superb period-correct details, right down to elements such as the Abarth bonnet latches.

The car retains its original chassis stamping as a 600D, with the correct Fiat build plate in the engine bay, along with a reproduction ‘tribute’ Abarth ID plate.

Inside, the red vinyl interior is in great condition, with no tears or stains. Trim components are in equally good order, with little wear to the chrome and plastics, and with charming period details like the pull straps on the B-pillars. Ahead of the driver is a Momo Prototipo steering wheel with an Abarth centre boss, as well as an original period instrument cluster with Jaeger gauges. The central rev counter is flanked by the speedometer, as well as oil and water temperature gauge and fuel readout.

Mechanically, the car is in excellent fettle, with only a few thousand miles driven since the total refurbishment and conversion to 850 TC specification. The engine bay is clean, tidy and purposeful, with the Abarth-specific aluminium components, model-specific carburettor, and the hoses and wiring in superb condition.

The car rides on a set of rare and period-correct Melber 5.5x13 alloy wheels, wrapped in a matching set of four Pirelli P700-Z tyres in 165/55 R13 size. The tyres have a December 2014 manufacturing date and are in virtually ‘as new’ condition.

This Fiat Abarth 850 TC ‘Tribute’ is a magnificent recreation of a 1960s motorsport favourite. Available at a fraction of the cost of a genuine Abarth with competition provenance, this car would be a terrific entrant for historic events, including any number of rallies and hillclimbs. Despite its compact city-car origins, this car deserves to be enjoyed outside of the urban environment, driven with gusto and with a huge smile on the next owner’s face.

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