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1964 Abarth Simca 2000

Abarth Simca 2000
This 1964 Abarth Simca 2000 (Dua Mila) was originally robin's egg blue, a full factory competition model. It was raced at 1964 Mid Ohio USRRC race by Ray Cuomo. The Cobra team blocked the 904s for Cuomo to deny Porsche first place points. The Abarth won, and Cuomo went on to substitute for Cobra works driver Tom Payne in the Northeast U.S. races, racing a works Cobra 289 roadster.

Abarth Simca 2000
The car had a lovely shape, and you can see a lot of this car in many of the performance cars today.

Abarth Simca 2000
The exhaust pipe tips were suspended by thick rubber cords which allowed for the movement of the exhaust system as the engine twisted with torque. The rear flares are the works's competition flares and the wheels are the Campagnalo Elektron mags. This car was extraordinarily original.

Abarth Simca 2000
I added a Daytona-coupe like radiator air exit. The car had maybe 200 hp. and weighed over 1,600 lbs and could only beat the Cobras on a hillclimb with a superb driver, like the great Franco Patria -- see the 1964 hillclimbs in the book.

Abarth Simca 2000
Outside our Arizona home circa 1982. I had raced a rear-engine Fiat 600D and a Fiat Abarth 1600 Periscopio, and had spent a day on a test-track with the AS2000. I never got comfortable with the throttle-off oversteer and the necessity to ADD power to get the nose pointed around a corner. If you added too much power you would drive off the road and, if you backed off, you would spin off.

Abarth Simca 2000 gas cap
Gas was dumped in the quick-fill cap and proceed downward through a 5-inch tube inside the cockpit. The Webers were 58 mm.!


Abarth Simca 2000 wheels
I always felt the wheels were a good example of Italian design -- lovely, functional and ahead of its time.
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