Forgotten icon: Abarth 1500 Biposto Coupe
I'm guessing this is how Italians would design a UFO
Throughout its history, Abarth was known for taking numerous Fiats and giving them a sporty treatment. And everything that came with an Abarth badge was raw and brutal...apart from one car. One of their first projects was not even close to being brutal or crazy-the 1500 Biposto Coupe.
In the beginning, Abarth tried to get the Fiat’s attention, so Carlo Abarth needed something spectacular to catch their eye. Well, I think this car did it well. This sporty-looking coupe was presented in 1952, and it’s a true example of how Italians would design a spaceship.
The man behind its looks was Franco Scaglione, who was also responsible for the Fiat 1200 Stanguellini and Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale. At the time, Scaglione worked for Bertone, and his creations amazed Carlo. In fact, when it came to designing the 1500 Biposto Coupe, both Carlo and Bertone gave Franco complete freedom to do what he wanted. And after letting his imagination go, this unique car came to life.
It was powered by Fiat’s 1.5-litre straight-4 engine with 75 HP, and the front featured a double-wishbone suspension. So, all in all, it was a very decent and civilized car that could reach 180 km/h. But, it didn’t catch Fiat’s eye immediately. The first person who saw the potential in Biposto’s body was Packard’s Chief Designer Bill Graves.
He witnessed the presentation of the car at the 1952 Turin Motor Show, and negotiated with Franco to take the car to Packard office. They were using the car and its lines as an inspiration to their models.
When the word got out, Carlo Abarth was noticed by the Italian giant, and started working with them on many projects. Since then, we have been given numerous crazy Fiats that wore scorpion logos. So, the 1500 Biposto Coupe shouldn’t be forgotten, because it helped Carlo get what he wanted, and it was an inspiration to Franco Scaglione's Alfa Romeo B.A.T. series. The only bad thing is that it remained just a concept.