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 SPby Dim Angelov, on
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.
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.
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.