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

type Racing Car
built at Turin, Italy
engine Inline-2
position Rear Longitudinal
aspiration Natural
valvetrain Pushrod, OHV
fuel feed 1 Weber 26IMB Carburettor
displacement 479 cc / 29.2 in³
compression 8.7:1
power 19.4 kw / 23 bhp @ 5000 rpm
specific output 48.02 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 52.27 bhp per tonne
body / frame Unit Steel
driven wheels RWD
front tires 125X12
rear tires 125X12
front brakes Drums
rear brakes Drums
steering Worm & Sector
f suspension Independant w/Upper Trailing Arms, Transverse Leaf Springs, Hydraulic Dampers
r suspension Independant w/Upper Trailing Arms, Coil Springs, Hydraulic Dampers
curb weight 440 kg / 970 lbs
wheelbase 1840 mm / 72.4 in
front track 1121 mm / 44.1 in
rear track 1135 mm / 44.7 in
length 2970 mm / 116.9 in
width 33528 mm / 1320 in
height 33020 mm / 1300 in
top speed ~118 kph / 73.3 mph