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Sold for: £16,650
2007 saw the re-release the iconic Fiat 500. Its build quality, reliability, and retro styling meant that the modern 500 quickly gained a cult following much like its 1960's predecessor. The 2007 model came with the engine options of a 1.3L Diesel or a 1.2L & 1.4L Petrol. It didn't take long for the Fiat competition collaborators, 'Abarth', to get its hands on the 500 and in 2008, the 'Abarth 500' was released. This car saw many improvements to the original 500, namely the addition of a turbocharger bringing the 1.4L engine up to 133bhp along with the uprated suspension and a variety of other performance modifications. With the advent of a well-prepared road car came a race series - the Trofeo Race Series to be exact in the BTCC TOCA package. The bodyshells arrived at the factory in Turin with fully prepared FIA approved roll cages and the cars were fitted with a Punto EsseEsse engine mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox, capable of over 180 bhp. Offered here is a purpose built Abarth Assetto Corse race car that was used in the single season that the Trofeo Race Series existed. It was then purchased by our vendor who used the car to do 10 or so sprints locally in Northern Ireland. The new owner of this Assetto Corse will have various options which might include a return once again to the circuit, sprints, hill climbs, or even tarmac rallying. If the new owners do plan to get involved in competition again, they would be well advised to make sure that the car complies with current MSA and FIA regulations and should also satisfy themselves that all safety equipment is appropriate and is in-date if required. Showing 1,938 miles on the odometer, this car is the ideal track toy, and is surely one of the most affordable entries into competitive modern motorsport.