Stellantis’ Heritage department showcased the Abarth 850 TC at the Rétromobile, the oldest classic car show in Europe. The Abarth 850 TC was apparently acquired by the heritage team in “barn find” condition and will be restored to its former glory; it was showcased as “a work in progress”.
The Fiat 600-based hot hatch is the first Scorpion car to be classified as “Turismo Competizione”; meaning, it’s a family car transformed into an agile, lightweight racing car that won numerous European competitions. Carlo Abarth managed to bloat the stock 767 cc 4-cylinder engine to 847 cc, resulting in a horsepower increase from 36 to 52.
The souped-up car was apparently capable of reaching a top speed of 140 km/h (87 mph), and therefore discs replaced drums on the front axle. The Abarth-tuned 600 had no front bumper; instead, oil radiators were used to cool the more powerful engine.
The model showcases the meticulous attention to detail Carlo paid while redesigning his cars when it comes to their mechanics and chassis. One example is that each connecting rod between the four pistons was rebalanced by inserting microscopic titanium weights into the metal-casted component, each of which is engraved with the initials of the operator who completed the work.