Alfa Romeo Pays Tribute to Abarth 1000 SP With Retro-Restyled 4C

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Historically informed individual cars are a minor matter lately. Ferrari’s Omologato 812 Superfast from last year, the absolutely insane ’80s Aston Martin Victor, the Atlantic-inspired Bugatti La Voiture Noire and so on. Add Alfa Romeo to the list with their Abarth 1000 SP, a tribute to the 1966 original of the same name. While these sports cars were customer orders, this creation is the work of Centro Stile Fiat & Abarth, doing something special to mark the 55th anniversary of the original would like to.


The original 1000 SP was a small sports prototype that sported the kind of elegantly simple lines that the time was known for. The 1.0 liter engine was built for the FIA ​​group 4 competition and developed around 103 hp – enough to achieve some success in international racing. This successful competition history, the car’s neat proportions and its distinctive details – the oval hood louvers, the large nose scoop, the tiny pinned lights – seemed ripe for a reinterpretation.

Whether the modern Alfa Romeo 4C is the right screen for this reinvention will be in the eye of the beholder. We’re not sure the high waistline and short body overhangs give the body enough runway to achieve the low, sleek look of the original. And while the tiny quad headlights are a reasonable reinterpretation of the original, when implemented they look a bit zenomorphic. The hood treatment is fascinating, as are the twin taillights. We even go so far as to say that the stern is a significant improvement over the saggy, bow-like regular 4C.

To our eyes it is a mixed bag, but an interesting one nonetheless. Remember, the underlying Alfa Romeo 4C is an experience with a capital E. It’s a three-quarter-scale supercar with a carbon fiber chassis and phenomenal dynamics. Whatever else it is, it’s not boring. And the same goes for the 1000 SP – attractive or not, it’s no slumber.

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