Before Abarth was a trim package for Fiat's sportiest models, it was an independent tuner company that modified all sorts of cars. Sometimes, it even designed cars of its own. One of those cars was this, the 1963 Abarth-Simca 1300. Around 50 examples were built, and this one looks impressively clean. The best part? It's . You should buy it.
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Developed in a partnership with French company Simca, it uses the basic chassis, transmission, and suspension from the Simca 1000 sedan. The 125-horsepower rear-mounted 1288cc four-cylinder has dual Solex carburetors, a dry-sump oil system, and a redline of 7200 RPM. Both it and the stunning bubble-like bodywork were developed by Abarth in-house. Weighing in at just 1388 pounds, it could run circles around its competitors in the early 1960s, .
This particular 1300 is painted in a lovely shade of blue. The car seems to have undergone some sort of restoration in the past, looking clean inside and out. The underside is free of corrosion (rare for '60s Italian cars), and the engine bay presents nicely. The interior has some wear, though the gauges look new (note the zeroed-out odometer).
The car is currently with an asking price of $54,500 or best offer. Considering this car's rarity and good looks, we'd say that's not a terrible deal. Plus, you'll be taking trophies home from every car show you go to.