Abarth Simca 1300 1600 GT history
|Vehicle technical details|
|Manufacturer:||Abarth - Simca|
|Production:||1962 - 1963|
|Assembly plants:||Turin Italy|
|Top speed:||230 km / h|
|Body and chassis|
|Engine and Powertrain|
|Displacement:||1288 cm 3|
|Engine location:||longitudinal rear|
|Engine power:||125 hp at 7,200 rpm|
|Torque:||131 Nm at 6,000 rpm|
|Brakes:||discs front and rear|
|Weights and Dimensions|
The Abarth Simca 1300 GT is a car designed solely for racing by the Italian manufacturer Abarth in 1962, based on the Simca 1000 following a cooperation agreement concluded with Simca in 1961.
The Abarth-Simca GT range includes 3 distinct models:1300 GT, in coupe and spyder version,1600 GT,2000 GT.hese cars are all intended solely for racing, studied and built by Abarth , based on the chassis of the Simca 1000 .
This car was presented at the Geneva Motor Show on March 15, 1962. It has the factory code "AB 130".
Abarth designed the new Abarth Simca 1300 GT, which was actually a racing car, homologated in Grand Tour on October 8, 1962. The car was officially presented at the Geneva Motor Show on March 15, 1962. Its engine was a Fiat-Abarth of 1,288 cc with dry sump and two overhead camshafts controlled by two chains, powered by two Weber 45 DCOE double body carburettors , developing 127 hp with a compression ratio of 10.4: 1. A real feat was born with a power per liter of 100 hp per liter.
The bodywork, signed Becaris, took over the line of the Fiat Abarth 1000 which had won a prize for its superb and aerodynamic line.The drivers immediately complained of the random behavior of the car, demanding a more performance-friendly chassis, which was not possible given Simca's budget constraints, forcing Abarth to fine-tune fireworks to obtain sufficient road.
The car was homologated in the Grand Touring category on October 8, 1962. Its racing baptism dates from April 14, 1962, during the hill race of Lure , near Dijon . Of the 58 cars entered, there were 3 Abarth Simca 1300 GTs, one with the Spider Sport bodywork on a tubular frame and two in the Coupé version, the one driven by Jean Guichet got the fastest time in the trials. The winner was Gianni Balzarini aboard the 1300 GT Spider, both 1300 GT Coupes took the second and third place overall. The Abarth legend was now asserted in France where Abarth will reign supreme.
The Spyder version
This Spyder version was not part of the agreement with Simca. It is at the initiative of Carlo Abarth that we owe this tray that was based on a tubular frame Abarth. The car won the race at its first participation. Simca did not follow through on this version. The car is designated under the internal code AB 130S.
Abarth Simca 1600 GT
This car was presented February 15, 1963. It was directly derived from the previous 1300 GT, with a first intervention on the chassis from the Simca 1000, which was from the beginning, the weak point of the car. The engine, derived from the Fiat-Abarth 1300 GT had benefited from an increase in the bore from 76 to 86 mm which allowed the installation of a second spark plug on each cylinder. She also had a 6-speed gearbox. His life will be very short because the International Sports Federation announced, during the summer of 1963, the suppression of the 1600 cm3 Grand Touring category of the competitions. Carlo Abarth has therefore decided to bet everything on the 2000 GT which will be the last model of this range.