Twin headed monster: Abarth 1000 “Bialbero” engine


“Bialbero” means twin cam: it is the top feature for a classic Abarth engine. They made it this way with three displacements: 750, 1,000, 1,300 and 2,000 cc. These engines are very rare to fine alone: they generally belong to cars which have been destroyed or they were removed from their native cars as they were broken (and then replaced with “common” engine). Of course this is not the engine you can use to make a swap in your italian car: these are race engines which wake up just after 4,000 rpm and they can’t be pushed beyond 6,500 rpm, otherwise it could be very easy to destroy them. Of course this is a rebuilt engine and it is ready to be installed in your classic Abarth if you’re ready to spend a lot: to most people the asking price could sound crazy but indeed it’s not: a 2,000 cc could scrape (and even go further) the $100K roof. Find it for sale at $52,500 here in Palermo, Italy.

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9 Responses to Twin headed monster: Abarth 1000 “Bialbero” engine

  1. Cargirl says:

    Is it just my computer or was there no link to the car?


  2. Classicvirus says:

    Our fault! Thank you for the suggestion.


  3. Cargirl says:

    So it was just that one picture. Laughing so hard. Thanks for the link.


  4. Classicvirus says:

    You know…It looks like some people must pay for every photo they post.


  5. Cargirl says:

    Well then he is certainly a thrifty seller. Any buyer knows though you can’t have too many pictures of an engine.


  6. Stephan P says:

    Nice find.
    Certainly the upper rpm you have posted is a misprint. I know vintage racers that use Bialbero (750) He shifts at 7100 and uses 7800 as absolute limit.


  7. Classicvirus says:

    Hi Stephan, I’ve just reported what I’ve read in a period Abarth user manual. Probably the factory wanted to be “conservative” to avoid warranty-related issues…


  8. c boiling says:

    does anyone know of bialbero 1000 cc cam profiles, no markings on originals?


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