While the other offerings this weekend have been more powerful, this Autobianchi A112 Abarth from 1980 is a light, compact package. It’s about the same size as a Yugo, but closer to the original Fiat concept of an excitable little terrier econobox.
The Autobianchi A112 was a kind of a test run before Fiat unveiled the 127 with the same powertrain. It turned out to be a big enough success, so Fiat could launch the 127 with confidence. Would you have the confidence needed to get this Abarth-tinged Autobianchi?
The A112 is even a hatchback, and I really like the pert little rear on it. The Abarth-specced A112 has a 70hp 1050cc engine, which propels the little box the best. By 1980, the A112 had already been out for 11 years, and this face is the fifth iteration out of seven series. The last one was replaced by the totally square Lancia Y10.
Grippable leather steering wheel, three pedals, five speeds, Veglia dials. Such simplicity.
The ad notes the car as being completely restored, and it’s likely the 11k visible on the clock means 111k. The asking price is a keen 6000 eur, and I’ve seen Abarths more expensive when scrolling the ads. Cheaper ones are future restoration projects. A spare engine and a bunch of spare parts follow this car.