Words & photos - Daniel Bevis
While the iconic 500 is the car most people would name if asked for a classic rear-engined Fiat, it was actually the 600 that was the marque's first ever rear-engined model. Built from 1955-69, it borrowed the layout of the VW Beetle and Citroën 4CV, shrunk it down into a teeny-tiny footprint, and shifted nearly three million units.
...and, inevitably, there were Abarth versions. Of course there were. From the 210 A to the 850TC, there were a bewildering array of hotted-up 600s, and the one you see here is one of the more delicate and subtle. Lacking the outrageous bumper extensions of later, more fiery variants, the Fiat-Abarth 750 offered a tweaked 750cc motor and that brilliant trademark propped-open engine lid, and also has the historical distinction of being a car that's near-impossible to explain. Abarth made countless versions of the 750, many with swoopy coupé bodies from the likes of Zagato, Boano and Siata, along with various infinitesimal displacement changes to the engine. It's probably best if we just reverentially observe this 750 and admire its quiet majesty.
Oh, and apparently this one's running a 1,050cc motor. Just to be confusing.
Spotted at Motorsport at the Palace 2016 - more pics here.