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Oddball: 1982 Zastava 750 ‘Abarth 1000 TCR’ tribute for sale

By Chris Thompson, 26 Apr 2019 News

1982 Zastava 750 Abarth 1000 TCR tribute for sale news

Serbia’s version of the Fiat 600 has inspired a rather bizarre custom build, and you could buy it

This is a 1982 Zastava 750, which has been turned into a tribute to the Fiat-Abarth 1000 TCR. Don’t worry, we’ll explain.

‘What is a Zastava 750, and why is someone selling one online?’ is probably a good place to start.

Fresh out of 1982, this Serbian-built, Fiat-based automobile is the product of a company which started out making weapons in the 1800s, then started making cars in the 1950s as Zastava Automobiles until the company went bankrupt in 2017.

You might even know Zastava in the form of the Yugo, based on the Fiat 127.

Next, what’s a Fiat-Abarth 1000 TCR? Take a look for yourself!

With a 982cc inline four-cylinder engine, two Weber carburettors, and peak power of around 80kW developed at 8200rpm, a sub-600kg car can be quite the little weapon.

The video above should provide a little evidence of that.

Back to the car that’s up for grabs at BringATrailer, which is a mix of the two – a tribute to the 1000 TCR built on the base of a Zastava 750.

Gallery galore: Motorclassica 2018

Acquired by the builder in 2018 in Macedonia, the car received a restomod that turned it into the quasi-TCR pictured.

A 903cc inline-four and a 5-speed manual gearbox live within this particular car, rather than the 1.0-litre of the original.

Not content with just a style change, the tribute car also features upgraded suspension with independent rear suspension, transverse leaf springs and updated struts, as well as shocks, upgraded control arms, and better bushings.

Brakes were replaced with new rotors and pads up front and new drums at the rear.

Currently, the car is located in Belgium and listed on BaT for just USD$1,000 (~AUD$1400), but a week left of bidding means there’s plenty of time for that to change.