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.  

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