The limited run of roadsters honours Abarth’s founder, Carlo Abarth, specifically his achievements at Monza.
The Abarth 124 Spider Monza Edition itself is essentially a fully-specced 124, with standard 125kW/250Nm outputs from a 1.4-litre turbo four, though it also has special paint options and interior treatment.
Interestingly, the colours are named for 124 Spider victories in European Rally Championships, by year and location. The options are: Turini 1975 White, Costa Brava 1972 Red, and San Marino 1972 Black.
Two-tone black an red leather seats further differentiate the Monza, not far from an interior-mounted plaque that is laser etched with a map of the Monza circuit.
And, of course, a Record Monza exhaust is fitted, though this is also an option on the standard 124 Spider.
In manual, the car will cost $47,580, or $49,580 in auto (up from $41,990 and $43,990 respectively).
Comparison: 124 Spider v MX-5 v BRZ
The reasoning for this special edition, Abarth says, comes from a list of records which its founder broke in the 1950s and ‘60s.
The average speed record over 24 hours was the first, totalling 3743km at 155km/h in 1956 at the track. He also broke the average speed records for 5,000km, 10,000 km, 5,000 miles and the records for 48 hours and 72 hours. All in one month.
In 1965, he broke the acceleration record over a quarter of a mile (and over 500 metres) driving the Fiat Abarth ‘1000 Monoposto Record’ and the next day again with a single seater, both for separate record classes.
“The legacy of Carlo Abarth has driven the production of some of the world’s most exciting motor vehicles and this Monza Special Edition continues the realisation of his passion,” says Director of Abarth Australia Fulvio Antonelli.