We recently came across this petite automotive gem at the local tennis courts of all places, and no, this is not one of those Abarth 695 Tributo Ferraris, but rather, it’s a genuine 1971/72 Abarth 695 esse-esse built by Carlo Abarth himself.
This rare Abarth 695SS is powered by a rear mounted, two-cylinder in-line engine displacing just 689cc and producing 28kW (38hp) and 57Nm of torque at the rear wheels in standard guise. With some extra tuning power could be increased to 37kW (50hp). Equipped with special cylinder castings, polished exhaust ports and manifold pipes, the ‘695’ had a top speed of 140km/h, while acceleration from 0-100km/h took all of 19.6 seconds.
The Abarth 695SS also had modifications to its suspension and brakes and used a double outlet silencer in place of the usual carburettor.
Kerb weight was 570 kilograms and this car came with a four-speed manual transmission.
Tyres were split sizes being 125 x 12 up front and 135 x 12 at the rear and handling was said to be sensational.
It’s a truly tiny automobile with a length of 2972 millimetres and a width of 1320 millimetres. Front suspension is independent transverse leaf spring and the rear is independent coil spring.
This is the only example we have seen in Australia and looks to be fastidiously maintained by its owner.