Carlo Abarth uses his expertise to build endurance records in the classes of small volumes. This initiative quite unique of its kind pleases the specialized press. The first experiment took place in 1956. On the Monza track, a Fiat Abarth 750 bodied by Bertone traveled 3,743 km in 24 hours.
Abarth interested Pininfarina to his vision. They built some prototypes for the only purpose of endurance records. The closed body is strictly designed according to the results of aerodynamic calculations and wind tunnel tests. In 1965 Carlo Abarth had to lose 30 kg of his own overweight to find his place in the cockpit of one of his own vehicles.
La Principessa is a Fiat Abarth 1000 monoposto built with Pininfarina in 1960 using the new Bialbero engine in the 1 liter category. Its body can still excite the fans of anticipation thrillers. Its top speed is 220 km/h. From 28 September to 1 October 1960 in Monza it traveled 13,440 km in 72 hours. It had filled its mission and will not be reused.
La Principessa will be sold by Gooding in Pebble Beach on August 21, lot 148. It is illustrated from several angles in the article shared by Business Insider. Long preserved by Pininfarina, it is offered for the first time on the open market.
What will be its price? With no sale history, the auction house does not publish an estimate. The car is too unusual to interest a classic collector. I discussed in 2009 a Rocket Car Hydrogen auctioned by Artcurial. This vehicle that had traveled in 2006 a quarter mile in 3.58 seconds with a speed of 621 km/h on arrival did not find a buyer despite a very low estimate.