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1974 Fiat 124 ABARTH Group 4
The FIAT 124 Abarth registered TOL 69744, chassis number 124CSA0078916 is the first car in a series of five ( numbered 69744/45/46/47/48 ) built in the summer 1974. They were the first ones to be fitted initially with the all new Group 4 16 valve engine producing 210 BHP. It was registered on the 20th of September and made its debut in the RAC Rally in November with race number 21, driven by Alcide Paganelli ( 1970 Italian Rally championship winner ) and finished 24th. It next raced in the Tour de Corse with Giorgio Pianta ( who did most of the 124 Abarth’s development ) still with number 21 but did not finish. In 1975 it was used as a back-up reconnaissance car by Markku Alen and was notably seen reconnoitring in Morocco with him.
On the 20th of May 1976 it was sold to Mario Pasetti, a FIAT dealer in Castelfranco de Veneto who entered it in local rallies. It was next sold to Alfredo Turchetto in 1979 who mainly raced the car in northern Spain until his retirement in 1981. The car was next purchased in 1988 by the prominent Italian collector Stefano Durelli and incorporated the collection of Yves Saguato in Monaco. He registered it in Monaco on the 2nd of February 1995 with TOL 69744 as previous registration number. In 1999 the car was brought to Volta the famous Italian rally car specialist, and underwent a top quality restoration preserving all of the car’s original components including the ultra rare 16V fuel injected engine and the straight cut Colotti gearbox. The car was completed in 2000 and participated in the Monte Carlo Historic rally in 2002. Subsequently it had very little use bar a few outings and spent its time on display in the collection in Monaco. In 2014 this fantastic 124 Abarth was sold to a French collector who enjoyed it participating in some of the major European rallies such as the San Remo Storico and the Portugal Historico. In June 2016 TOL 69744 went back to Torino to the Abarth Classiche center to be certified, presented in an impressive book similar to those delivered by Ferrari Classiche giving details of all the original components.
This fantastic works car is in beautiful condition with a superb patina, reflecting the very high quality of the work carried out during its meticulous restoration. The driving experience is very surprising, the car being very smooth at low revs and easy to drive but very powerful when driven in anger at high revs. The straight cut gearbox with its fantastic ratios allows full use of the engine’s power and the perfectly balanced chassis makes it an astonishingly accomplished competition machine.
TOL 69744 comes with a large history file including the original registration documents, bills of sale, period pictures and restoration report. It is quite rare to find a so well documented and authentic rally car from the 70s still retaining its original chassis, mechanical components and registration. This would be a great addition to any major rally car collection.