The Abarth Scorpione is Abarth's vision on the Grand Prix. That means that he rebuild the car according to his need for speed.
But he did it in a neath way. Its exterior didn't change much. Only the fuelinlet moved from the engine compartment to the left rear fender. Although they look very simalar it is said that no bodypanel from the Scorpione fits on any Grand Prix.
Underneath a bit more is changed. Just like the Abarth 1300/124, Abarth's version of the Fiat 850 Coupe, a Fiat 124 engine is shoehorned into the engine compartment. It is (how?) mounted at the stock Fiat 850 gearbox. In order to improve the cooling is the radiotor moved to the front of the car.
The SS-version has also an improved suspension. At the front the suspension of the Abarth 1000 TC racers is used. The engine gives a bit more horsepower (100 instead of 75).
On one of my searches on the internet I found the following salesbrochure. Haz Neuman sent me a picture of a poster. Thanks Haz!
There are two articles about the Abarth Scorpione. Follow the link to read them. Mavis found some entrys in books.
- Sportscar World, 1969
- Road Test, 1970
- Sportscar Graphic, January 1970
- Sports Cars Classic
- Worldcars, World Cars 1970
- Scharfe Zwilinge, Auto, Motor und Sport, 22/1970
- Druck von Hinten, Motor Klassik, 9/1993
On the internet are just a few places were some information can be found.
- Forum about Francis Lombardi based cars (English)
When I started this page, there was absolutely nothing. It seemed that this car was forgotten. Then, finally Barnini started with a kit and not long afterwards, Metro decided to built a model as well.
|Abarth Scorpione - BAR086||Abarth 1300 Scorpione - 1968||Yellow||1:43||Resin kit|
|Abarth Scorpione - ME005||Abarth 1300 Scorpione - 1968||Red||1:43||Build|
Somewhere on the internet I found some pictures of a Scorpione. Mavis Walters sent me some more pictures and the drawings. Thanks!
Click on the small image to enlarge.
|Right front view.||Left front view.|
|Mavis Walters took this picture at Carmel, California, USA. I think it is at an Italian Car Meeting.||and this one at Montery at an historic race. I think it's the same car.|
|This Racer has a complete race-history. Hans de Bekker sent it to me. Thanks!||This Abarth Scorpione is a racer in Sweden. It is owned by Stefan Svensson. Follow this link and you'll find out that it's quite succesfull.|
You can order a carcover for your Scorpione here.