Let’s continue on with our Malaise Era Low Mileage Weekend with I think is the gem of the weekend. Well, maybe not. This is an Autobianchi A112 Abarth. The seller states that this is a Fiat, and although it is based on Fiat architecture, it is actually an Autobanchi. This was the last year for the third series of A112s and the Abarth received a larger 70HP 1.0L powerplant, and by this time it was also equipped with a 5-speed manual. Rare over this side of the Atlantic, one has to wonder why it was ever brought to these shores and not driven…
According to the eBay listing from a dealer in Florida:
THIS IS A 1976 FIAT ABARTH A112 SPORTS CAR WITH ONLY 3,884 MILES AND IS GREAT CONDITION. AS YOU CAN SEE FROM THE PHOTOS THIS ONE IS COVERED IN THE ABARTH BADGING AND STANDS PROUD. WITH AN ABARTH RACING ENGINE, A MANUAL TRANSMISSION, AND PIRELLI TIRES THIS ONE IS READY TO HIT THE ROAD. THE VEHICLE DOES NEED SOME COSMETIC WORK, A HEADLINER AND SOME UPHOLSTERY (DRIVER’S SEAT).
With over three days to go in the bidding process, the top bid so far is $6,313.44, and there seems to be no reserve. According to the Wikipedia page, the Autobianchi A112 Abarth with the uprated engine and 5-speed transmission, “These changes turned the A112 into a nervous machine, much admired by young performance enthusiasts. The car was entered in various rallying events throughout Europe and even spawned a one-make trophy. Abarths have often led hard lives, having been preferred by a young owners with aggressive driving styles.” This car should fetch a handsome premium if exported back to southern Europe, but why take my word for it. See the listing, and see if you agree with me.