• The Abarth 1000 SP Is a Funky, Retro-Styled 4C

This retro-styled Alfa Romeo 4C is a love letter to the 1966 Abarth 1000 SP

Sometimes, when a car gets discontinued, it continues to live through other models. Such is the case with an example of the now-deceased Alfa Romeo 4C. To put things in perspective, we have to go back to 1966, when Fiat was racking up racing wins in a small lightweight speedster. The car in question was the Fiat Abarth 1000 SP – an FIA Group 6 car with a 1.0-liter inline-four that made105 horsepower.

The Abarth 1000 SP Is a Funky, Retro-Styled 4C Exterior
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A couple of Stellantis engineers decided to celebrate 55 years of the small Abarth. They did so by taking an Alfa Romeo 4C and turning it into a modern interpretation of the 1960s race-winning Abarth 1000 SP (Sport Prototypo).

The modern recreation still very much looks like the 4C donor car, but

if you look at the 1960s original, you may notice that it may have been the 4C that has taken inspiration from the 1000 SP in the first place.

In any case, you still get the 4C proportions, but with many classic design cues from the small Abarth, the most noticeable of which the front end.

The Abarth 1000 SP Is a Funky, Retro-Styled 4C Exterior
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Oftentimes, you need to alter the entire bodywork in order to commemorate a classic car through a much newer model, a case in point being Carrozzeria Turin’s interpretation of the Disco Volante, which is based on the Alfa Romeo 8C. In this case, they’ve managed to honor the original Abarth 1000 SP lines without having to resort to extreme measures.

This is not just a throwback to an original, but also a love letter to the old days when a small dedicated team stayed after working hours to create something truly unique. The Abarth 1000 SP is a one-off and will most likely remain so.

Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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