Compasso d’Oro: 1961 Abarth 1000 Bialbero Record Monza


The Abarth 1000 Bialbero Record Monza is also known by experts as “Compasso d’Oro” (gold compass) which is, in Italy, the highest honor given to a designer for his work.


Ercole Spada received the Compasso d’Oro thanks to the design of this small Abarth that mounts the famous double-overhead camshaft engine and fed by two Weber giant carburetors, capable of delivering 75 horsepower at 7500 rpm: are there few? Not from a 1000 cc aspirated engine designed by Gioacchino Colombo almost 60 years ago.


Looking at the tools, it is clear that this is a car delivered to the Italian market, clearly restored and totally original apart from, we believe, the steering wheel and the rims that, as the seller says, are made of aluminum instead of magnesium. The engine has been redone and has made 1000 km since then, and is kept fresh from an additional radiator fitted on the front by the previous owner, in order to avoid overheating in road use. Find it for sale at €160,000 (today $171,000) here in Brescia, Italy.


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