Wednesday, April 8, 2015

5k: Chile Pepper: 1967 Fiat Abarth OT 1000 Spider

The Bertone designed and built Fiat 850 Spider was a small 2-sear roadster that sourced its rear engine setup and mechanical parts from the higher volume Fiat 850 sedan.  The nuts at Abarth created a hopped up version with a bigger engine and called it the Fiat Abarth OT 1000 Spider. Don't ask me what OT stands for because I don't know.  Maybe Over the Top?  Open Track?  Overtly iTalian?  Oxidizing Tin? Original Tankster?  Origami Truck?  Over Taken?  Organic Tomatoes? Olive Tapenade?  Really, I DON'T KNOW.  Find this 1967 Fiat Abath OT 1000 Spider found here on eBay currently bidding for $5,100 reserve-not-met with 4 days to go, located in Altanta, GA.

The OT 1000 Spider has been given a full racing haircut, complete with roll cage, cut down windscreen (watch out for bugs and flying tires) and a sweet racing paint job.  Oddly enough, you could probably drive this car around the streets in Southern California without attracting the attention of the local fuzz, and registering a pre-75 automobile requires no inspection.  

Power comes from an Abarth tuned 1.0 liter inline-4 (up from 850cc on the basic Fiat version) that was good for 61 horsepower in the street version, perhaps a few more in this racing tuned version.

The interior features a simple racing bucket mounted low under a roll bar that might give you some protection in the event of a roll over, but I wouldn't expect to walk away from rolling a Fiat Spider anytime soon.  

See another classic Italian with low bids?


  1. It would be downright cruel to take away Gianni's opportunity to explain what "OT" means. Don't do it, for the love of muffins, don't do it. Be nice to him, he deserves it.

    1. I'm looking forward to reading the theories of the other comentatorati here on the site...

    2. Sorry to steal thunder, but I believe it is: Omologato Turismo.

      It designates that the car was built for homologation purposes to qualify under the motorsport sanctioning bodies. I don't think all uses of OT apply to actual homologation specials though.

    3. I was thinking it had something to do with Tiramisu.

  2. I was a bit excited by the $5,100, before I realised that was the current bid with reserve not met. Ah well.

    I like the photos of the part numbers on the block, and especially of the Abarth crank.

  3. Having owned an Abarth 850 Nurburgring Corsa-powered FIAT 600 sedan, I love and respect Abarth engines. That said, you can easily swap a built VW aircooled 4cyl into this thing and fly.

  4. Abarth never did a spider.

    1. Incorrect. Abarth did build out the OT1000 and they made the 750 Allemano as well as others.

    2. A conundrum of an online conversation...Anonymous talking to Anonymous, correcting Anonymous. Is Anonymous actually Anonymous or is there another Anonymous? Are they related in some way and why did their parents name them Anonymous? The mind is boggled.



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