What do you get if you cross a former Austrian motorcycle racer turned Italian garagista with a 1960 Fiat 600? Simple: you get a ‘Fiat-Abarth 1000 Bialbero Record Monza, Licensa Zagato’ – a title that probably isn’t worth trying to include on your next registration application.

The slightly madcap world of Carlo Abarth, a successful Austrian motorcycle racer turned naturalised Italian garagista is well documented. Convalescing in Slovenia following a bad racing accident in Ljubljana, he arrived in Italy after World War II using his racing contacts and a previous friendship with the Porsche family to establish a race-car shop. He started off by building ‘bitsa’ cars from the morass of equipment left abandoned by the war, then got himself involved with the famed Cisitalia project, along with Piero Dusio and Rudolf Hruska. The resulting car provided the great Tazio Nuvolari with a memorable class win on the 1947 Mille Miglia.


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