Personal Collection 1969 Abarth 2000SP Sport Spider
- Year: 1969
- Make: Abarth
- Model: 2000SP Sport Spider
- Engine: 1300 OT 4 Cyl. DOHC
- Transmission: 5 Spd.
- Price: Not For Sale
One of the most beautiful race cars to come out of this period is the Abarth 2000SP (SE 010) “Quattro Fari” Sport Spider in which Abarth capitalized the late 60’s/early 70’s European road races like no other manufacturer has ever done. This example is serial # 0040 of only about 40 examples ever produced. It happens to be 1 of only 2 right hand drive versions & a Factory backed “Works” car raced by two of the best drivers in period, Johannes Ortner & Mario Casoni.
On April 25th, 1970, these 2 men were entered in the 1000 km @ Monza race in this very SE 010 (#23) & were extremely competitive in chassis # SE 010/0040 as it kept up w/all of the best cars like Porsche’s 917K’s & 907’s & Ferrari’s 512’s. They actually were beating the Alfa T-33’s & most of the field before they had motor troubles & had to DNF.
It won its 1st race in the 2000cc & under class w/Mario Casoni at the wheel (#382) at the 7th City of Volterra Cup on May 17, 1970. It saw victory a 2nd time w/Mario Casoni winning its class outright (#60) at the 7th Montseny, Spain Hillclimb on May 24th, 1970. At the Targa Florio it DNS having issues w/Mario Casoni driving it (#42) on May 3, 1970. It won on June 7th, 1970 w/Hans Ortner at the helm (#26) at the Anderstorp Scandinavian Racing Circuit. It DNF while being raced by Nino Vacarella on July 19, 1970 (#52) at the Mugello Grand Prix over some radiator issues. After the 1970 season was over it appeared on the Abarth stand amongst the most prominent factory race cars that year in a display at the Turin Show (#42) in October 28, 1970.
It also had a great year of racing in 1971 for a private team called “Squadra Corse Meda”. Its many wins consisted of 1st, on April 25th, 1971 w/Gianfranco (Pal Joe) Palazzoli & Romolo Becchetti (# 29) at the wheel, they entered in the 1000 km @ Monza race, when “Pal Joe” took an impressive 11th place finish overall & won their 2.0 liter Class just 35 laps behind the winner, Pedro Rodriguez in his brutal Porsche 917. After their Monza performance, on May 13th, 1971 at the Scuderia Brescia Corse, “Pal Joe” (# 30) was again at the wheel. Its next impressive finish was on July 25th, 1971 at the European 2-Litre Championship Imola at the Autodromo Imola Racetrack, “Pal Joe” (# 51) once again stunned the crowd finishing a very well deserved 9th place overall on that day in July. Pal Joe’s last race with SE 010/0040 was at the European 2-Litre Championship Vallelunga on October 31st, 1971 & finished again impressivly in 7th place overall. What a perfect way to finish its successful early career before being sold off to its next caretaker.
It eventually wound up being purchased by Fabrizio Violati for his Collezione Maranello-Rosso. We are very proud to have this SE 010 in our personal “Investment Motorcars” Collection. We’ve just purchased this beauty from the famous Marranello-Rosso Collection in Falciano, Italy where its been on display for the last 20 years. Rarely do you ever see one in person or on the market for sale. We plan on showing her off as much as possible…