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  Abarth 2000 Pininfarina Scorpione
 

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Country of origin:Italy
Produced in:1969
Numbers built:1
Introduced at:1969 Brussels Motor Show
Internal name:SE010
Designed by:Pininfarina
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:June 04, 2014
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Click here to download printer friendly versionKnown internally as the SE010, the Abarth used for the Scorpione was the latest two-litre sports car that was built in sufficient numbers to be homologated for the Group 4 class. It featured Abarth's own twin-cam, sixteen-valve four cylinder engine, mounted behind the rear axle. For the Scorpione, it was detuned slightly but still produced an impressive 220 bhp. The completed car tipped the scales at just 740 kg.

One of the people particularly taken by the unique Abarth Scorpione was Japanese collector Shiro Kosaka. Over the years, he built up an impressive collection of Abarths and asked Pininfarina if he could buy the car. The Italian company responded that they would be ready to sell the one-off once he would create a purpose-built Abarth museum. The doors of the Gallery Abarth Museum opened in 1992 but the car is believed to have left for Japan in 1977 already.

Now one of the absolute stars of the Gallery Abarth Collection, the striking one-off had not been in Europe for nearly four decades until it was shown at the 2014 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este where it created the same stir as it had done 45 years earlier in Brussels. Still in remarkably original condition, it was one of the absolute stars of the event with its loud exhaust and striking lines grabbing the attention of all visitors.

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