10k: 1957 Fiat 600 Abarth Tribute; La Carrera Panamericana Veteran
It is a few days late for the Mayan Carpocalypse, but any veteran of La Carrera Panamericana road race in Mexico deserves this badge. This 1957 Fiat 600 was a vintage racer given an Abarth tribute paintjob and raced in La Carrera Panamericana vintage road race in Mexico in 2007 is now for sale in Denver, CO currently bidding at $8,000 with reserve-not-met.
The original Carrera Panamericana was an insane road race held on public roads in Mexico that ran from 1950-1954 with victories from the likes of Juan Manuel Fangio until it was ended abruptly due to its extremely high mortality rate. A revival race also bearing the same name was started in 2007 and is likely one of the best vintage race events in North America combining vintage machines, sketchy Mexican roads and tequila like nothing short of a Chumpcar Ensenada race. This Fiat 600 was prepare and raced in the 2007 revival event and the entire story is detailed here on the santafecarrera blog.
The Fiat is powered by a .9 liter inline 4 cylinder race engine pumping out an undisclosed amount of horsepower, enough to exceed 100 mph during the race – a feat speed that a stock Fiat 600 wouldn’t exceed if dropped from a crane.
The inside of this Fiat is all business, equipped with a roll cage, race seats, custom dash and gauges, but if the seats are comfortable enough for a 2,000 mile trip across Mexican roads, then we could imagine driving it in SoCal traffic without a problem.
Any race that requires its drivers to include blood type next to the drivers name is serious business and this 1100 lb Fiat would be a blast to run again or just drive around the local neighborhood. Vintage racing isn’t cheap and typical prepared cars for the Carrera Panamericana revival race cost 2-3X as much as this one.
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