In the Mid-Sixties potent little Fiat sedans, based on the Fiat 600D, were
terrorizing the small classes in Group 2 racing. In creating his TC (Turismo Competizione) racers, Carlo Abarth stretched Fiat’s D-block, four-cylinder, overhead-valve engines to 750, 850 and finally 1000cc: Fiat Abarth 1000 with all the typical identification of a TC Berlina Corsa, able to reach 185 kph. Its large front-mounted radiator combined with the propped-open
rear engine lid gave this series their very distinctive look.
That raised engine cover, first done for more efficient
engine cooling, also had the benefit of acting as a
very useful rear wing, generating considerable downforce.