1957 Fiat Abarth 500 Coupé Zagato


1957 Fiat Abarth 500 Coupé Zagato
Villa_d'Este_2012

1957 Fiat Abarth 500 Coupé Zagato

Building on the success of their 750 Zagato Coupé, Abarth worked on a 500cc version of the car for the 1957 Turin Motor Show. The car was put into limited production for both road and racing clients.

Abarth worked extensively on the two cylinder engine by fitting twin Weber 26IMBs and a new 8.7:1 cylinder head which raised peak power to 23 bhp at 5000 rpm.

Zagato’s body was similar to the 750 GT without the famed double-bubble roof. The smaller engine didn’t require the large scoops on engine lid, however it did retain the unique rear-quarter windows.

The 500 had less impact than 750 GT, but Ovidio Cappelli did become the 500cc Italian Grand Touring champion in one of these diminutive racers.

1957 Fiat Abarth 500 Coupé Zagato
Villa_d’Este_2012

1957 Fiat Abarth 500 Coupé Zagato 1957 Fiat Abarth 500 Coupé Zagato 1957 Fiat Abarth 500 Coupé Zagato 1957 Fiat Abarth 500 Coupé Zagato 1957 Fiat Abarth 500 Coupé Zagato

In Detail

typeRacing Car
built atTurin, Italy
engineInline-2
positionRear Longitudinal
aspirationNatural
valvetrainPushrod, OHV
fuel feed1 Weber 26IMB Carburettor
displacement479 cc / 29.2 in³
compression8.7:1
power19.4 kw / 23 bhp @ 5000 rpm
specific output48.02 bhp per litre
bhp/weight52.27 bhp per tonne
body / frameUnit Steel
driven wheelsRWD
front tires125X12
rear tires125X12
front brakesDrums
rear brakesDrums
steeringWorm & Sector
f suspensionIndependant w/Upper Trailing Arms, Transverse Leaf Springs, Hydraulic Dampers
r suspensionIndependant w/Upper Trailing Arms, Coil Springs, Hydraulic Dampers
curb weight440 kg / 970 lbs
wheelbase1840 mm / 72.4 in
front track1121 mm / 44.1 in
rear track1135 mm / 44.7 in
length2970 mm / 116.9 in
width33528 mm / 1320 in
height33020 mm / 1300 in
top speed~118 kph / 73.3 mph