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Abarth 205 Berlinetta 1950

Another of my favorites - just wanted to share.

This sweet little thing is the Abarth 205A Berlinetta from 1950.
Design by Giovanni Michelotti for Vignale.
Box-section steel platform chassis / Vignale-built lightweight aluminum body.

Wiki says: "The Abarth 205 was a coupe sports car built by Austrian born tuning expert Carlo Abarth between 1950 and 1951. Only three cars were ever built."

Fiat-sourced 1100 Abarth straight 4, 83hp. (imagine, that's the equivalent of a 427/530hp!) Abarth provided "a revised intake manifold, two Weber carburettors and a bespoke exhaust."

The first two examples were raced in Italian events in 1950. A third was built in 1951, much more "luxuriously appointed," with a slightly larger engine. (I wonder if that's the silver one?) They were very expensive at the time, buyers were few, and only the three were built. The chassis was the basis of the later Abarth 207 race car.

The scale of it is deceiving until you see a person in it - it's tiny.

Great detail pics here...
http://www.coachbuild.com/2/index.ph...erlinetta-1950

See design similarities to Ferrari 166 Vignale, Ferrari 212 Vignale, ferrari 340 America Vignale, etc.
https://www.ultimatecarpage.com/car/...erlinetta.html

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More pics....

The silver one was raced in 1950, Mille Miglia etc.

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The back is simple and minimal...

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The black top appears to be the more luxurious one.

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Wonderful.

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Very clean and pretty car, except the "Buick" fender portholes look funny on that car. I think I prefer the silver color.

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Portholes were a Vignale signature. They appeared on many of their designs.

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I've always been a Michelotti fan, and this is interesting to see a shape like this way before the easily identifiable Maserati Sebrings and TR6's with their creases and angles. But some of the signature forms are already there I think - the way it drapes or hangs down low over the wheels, with high wheel openings close to the tops of the fenders, as well as the cabin / greenhouse set back towards the rear. You'll see that in many of his designs later.

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Note the little kink in the rear jamb of the door opening on the silver car, different from the others. Interesting.

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It also has a bit of American chopped-top / 50s hotrod in it - no doubt for light weight and aero drag. They did it for the same reason - speed on the lakes.

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A few years ago one of these came up for sale at auction. It would have been great to have the funds to buy it. It had been raced by someone who had modified it quite a bit, which held the price back. An absolutely gorgeous car.

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[quote=Vivace;8374348]More pics....

The silver one was raced in 1950, Mille Miglia etc.

That is my friend's MM car.
Very pretty, and, as you say tiny, just 3ft 8 1/2" high

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Hello Vivace, this photo has been taken by Riccardo Moncalvo and is covered by copyright.
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