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3 Abarth 1500 Biposto BAT 1 (1952)

Abarth 1500 Biposto BAT 1 (1952) Engine 1500cc S4 with dual Weber downdraught carborettors. Production 1



Franco Scagliione's first design for Bertone and the first of the series of BAT (Berlina Aerodinamica Technica) cars of the early 1950's. Designed by Scaglione, in conjunction with Nuccio Bertone, and Carlo Abarth for the 1952 Turin Motorshow where it appeared on the Fiat stand due to its Fiat derived mechanical components. The car went on to the Packard styling studio in the USA to be used as a design study, before being presented to Fortune magazine editor Richard Austin Smith who kept it until his death. Unseen by the public for 40 years, it was rediscovered in a barn in need of TLC, and having covered 32000km.

It was offered at a Christies sale with an estimate of $ 80-120,000 but realised $ 293,000 with commissions. Restored in England.


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Taken on July 1, 2011