Abarth tackled the Fiat 850 immediately after its introduction. The OT850 / 135 and OT850 / 150 versions of the Berlina were released that used the original 843 cc engine. The name referred to the maximum speed that Abarth managed to squeeze out. The OT 850/135 had the normal chassis, the OT 850/150 that of the Special with disc brakes.

As true Abarth development, the OT-1000 and OT-1600 were delivered with different engines. While the OT 1000 still resembled the OT 850/150 in terms of performance and price, the OT 1600 was something very special and only for the brave (and rich) because one and a half times as fast and 3 times as expensive as an OT 850/135 (and almost 4 times as expensive as a regular 850!)

De specificaties van de Fiat 850 Abarths

Nice huh ?
Even in 1964, when the 850 was just released, Abarth was already world champion with the OTs

Abarth-Wereldkampioen

Pininfarina did a lot better than Michelotti and designed this 1000 Spider for Abarth. A beautiful car. Once, a long time ago, I had a kit of this. Gone too.

In the 1965 Automobil-Revue I came across this article:

850 abarth 2000 automobilrevue65 5

And, of course, there a more images: 

Pininfarina Abarth 1000

Pininfarina Abarth 1000 achter

Pininfarina Abarth 1000 Spider

Published in Quattroruote.

A while ago I found this image on the internet and posted it on my site.

850 Abarth OT coupe (Circus)

It didn't take long for the Abarth fans to react and the question was: which one is this. If you want to find out, you have to do a bit of searching on the web and I found this:
It is an original Spanish registered Abarth. And as I know the license plate of this "roadside bomb" (B-700 693) I was able to do some more research.
At first it belonged to Manuel Juncosa who ended second in the Carrera Cuesta of 1968 (he was beaten by Juan Fernandez with a Porsche Carrera 6, nothing to be ashamed for).
The engine was later replaced by one of a Seat 1430 and the car was then sold. The new owner only wanted the car on the condition that the badly broken original engine was included.
During its restoration, the main problem was the possibility of finding the pistons. Theu succeeded and the dry sump seems to be on the engine too. And it's on the road again!

Original sources:

Pieldetoro and Tiempo de clasicos...

Manuel Juncosa worked on a lot of Fiat's


In Italy, the Fiat 850 Abarth OT1000 was put to the test immediately after its introduction. I found some pictures of this enviable labor.

850 OT1000 1

850 OT1000 2

850 OT1000 3

The technical data from Swiss magazine Automobil Revue:
850 abarth automobilrevue65

I also found a rear view of a 1600OT; brute force:
850 abarth ot1600

For just over 1 million Lire you could buy a Fiat Abarth Coupé 1000 in 1965! In today's money that is less than € 3000 ........
However, if you compare it to the price of a regular Fiat 850; it was about 750,000 lire at the time. Less than € 1900.
But with the average income in Italy in those days, you even had to save for a long time for a Berlina.

In any case, a nice advertisement.

850 abarth 1000 coupe

The "Registro Storico Italiano Abarth" annually publishes an calendar that focuses on one specific model. In 2008 it was the Fiat Abarth 1000 OT Coupé's turn, the one with a radial engine.

That resulted in beautiful photos and interesting information:

850 Abarth 1000 OT 1

850 Abarth 1000 OT 3

850 Abarth 1000 OT 4

850 Abarth 1000 OT 2

850 Abarth 1000 OT 6

850 Abarth 1000 OT 7

850 Abarth 1000 OT 5

And the answer to the question in the title? It certainly is!

The "Registro storico Italiano Abarth" annually publishes a calendar that focuses on one specific model. I already had a previous article about it. In 2010 it was the Fiat Abarth OT 1000 Berlina's turn. Because 2021 starts on the same weekday as 2010 (a Friday), I have adjusted the years and also made a PDF calendar. You can print it yourself and put it on the wall in your man cave.

The calendar can be downloaded here

Pictures first:

850 Abarth OT 1000 1

850 Abarth OT 1000 2

850 Abarth OT 1000 3

850 Abarth OT 1000 4

850 Abarth OT 1000 5

850 Abarth OT 1000 6

850 Abarth OT 1000 7

When was the last time you saw a factory invoice for an Abarth 1600OT? I suppose none of us ever saw one but today I found one on a classic car dealer's site in France. And what a site it is. The man, Franco Lembo, sells cars that are almost beyond belief. 

One of the most interesting cars he has for sale at the moment is an incredible original Abarth 1600 OT Tipo 102b factory development car. This one!

850 1600OT 1

850 1600OT 2

850 1600OT 5

850 1600OT 7

850 1600OT 8

850 1600OT b1

850 1600OT b0

850 1600OT d

850 1600OT e

850 1600OT c

And this is the invoice I promised: 820.000 Italian Lire

850 1600OT factuur

The list of experimental engines from 1974:

850 1600OT abarth

And the official proof of what this car was equipped with:

850 1600OT certificaat

All images in this article were originally published on Franco Lembo's site

The poor performance with the tubular chassis cars built by Abarth in 1964 paved the way for a new line of two-seater sports cars, which debuted in April 1965 during a test at Monza. The basis of these sports cars, the OTs (short for "Omogolata Turismo"), is derived from the platform of the Fiat 850. And that is why they are on this website.

In 1965 it was the turn of the 1300 OT: around 150 hp with a top speed of 245 km/h. That was 5 km/h faster than the 1600 OT Sport Spider, which also had 25 hp more. The streamline of the 1300 OT, drawn by Mario Colucci, was clearly better than that of the Sport Spider.

The car below is one of the second series, 1966 or 1967. Also built as "Periscopo"

Abarth 1300 OT 1

Abarth 1300 OT 2

Abarth 1300 OT 3

Abarth 1300 OT 4

 

Abarth 1300 OT 5

At the moment of writing for sale on Classic Trader