Tomorrow, 18 February, the London Classic Show will open its gates to the visitors. For about £25.00, you’ll have access to some of the most beautiful cars ever made.
More, a few automotive related personalities will be present there: the rally legend Ari Vatanen, the F1 champion Jenson Button, the famous F1 designer Gordon Murray (the one who also signed the McLaren F1 road car design) and the 16-time F1 winner, Sir Stirling Moss. If you’re in for some of the greatest supercars, you’re at the right place: from a 1925 Bentley 3 Litre to the 1993 McLaren F1 GTR, there are so many jewelries! I’ll remind only few of them: 1931 Bugatti Type 46, 1933 Hispano Suiza J12, 1955 Mercedes 300S Coupe, 1978 BMW M1, 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C Spyder, 1955 Lancia Aurelia Spyder, 1968 Toyota Sports 800, 1990 Honda NSX, 1964 Jaguar E-Type and 1964 Aston Martin DB5.
Abarth will bring two cars, to make a bridge through time: the legendary Fiat Abarth 1000 Monoposto Record Class G and the new 695 Biposto Record 1.4 T-jet 190 HP. Back in 1965, Carlo Abarth had the ambition of breaking the acceleration record of the quarter of mile in a G Class single-seat car. However, he was unable to find the right driver for its purpose. So, at 57 years old, he decided to race himself. Being unable to get into the tight cockpit, he had to lose 30 kg before. After such a great effort, he succeded to break the acceleration record over 500 meters and a quarter of a mile! Back then, besides Carlo Abarth, the indisputable star was the Fiat Abarth 1000 Monoposto, which was powered by a 982 cc engine, developing 105 hp. Its highlights include twin overhead camshafts and two Webber 40 carburettors.
The second car presented by Abarth, a 695 Biposto Record, is characterized by an exceptional 5.2 kg/hp ratio. This value, combined with the mechanical self-locking differential allow it to accelerate from still to 100 km/h in 5.9 sec. Last year was glorious for Abarth in UK, with 2743 cars sold. It was a 67 percent raise compared to 2014.