Historically-informed a person-off personalized cars are a bit of a matter not long ago. Ferrari’s Omologato 812 Superfast from final 12 months, the definitely bonkers ’80s-tastic Aston Martin Victor, the Atlantic-inspired Bugatti La Voiture Noire, and so on. Incorporate Alfa Romeo to the listing with their Abarth 1000 SP, a tribute to the 1966 unique with the very same identify. But even though all those sports activities vehicles ended up client orders, this creation is the do the job of Centro Stile Fiat & Abarth, wanting to do some thing particular on the 55th anniversary of the initial.
The unique 1000 SP was a small sports prototype racer, putting on the type of elegantly easy strains that the time period was identified for. Built for FIA Team 4 competitiveness, its 1.-liter engine made about 103 horsepower—enough to see some achievements in intercontinental racing. That effective level of competition heritage, the car’s tidy proportions, and its exclusive details—the oval hood louvers, the large nose scoop, the little tacked-on lights—seemed ripe for reinterpretation.
Whether or not the present day Alfa Romeo 4C is the proper canvas for that reinvention is going to be in the eye of the observer. We’re not absolutely sure its superior belt line and short overhangs give the bodywork adequate runway to offer the small, lean appear of the initial. And when the very small quad headlights are a acceptable reinterpretation of the unique, they look a small zenomorph-like as implemented. The hood treatment is intriguing, as are the twin taillights—in reality, we will go so far as to say the rear is a unique advancement from the saggy, bug-like frequent 4C.
To our eyes, it really is a combined bag, but an interesting a person however. Keep in mind, the fundamental Alfa Romeo 4C is an Working experience with a cash E. It can be a a few-quarters-scale supercar, with a carbon fiber chassis and phenomenal dynamics. Whichever else it is, it just isn’t uninteresting. And the identical goes with the 1000 SP—attractive or not, it just isn’t a snooze.