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1960 Abarth 356 Carrera GTL : Classic Cars

The Carrera Abarth was an aluminum-bodied car built on a Porsche 356B chassis. These cars were built and assembled in the early 1960 to early 1961 period. As Bill Ousler points out in his book 'Porsche Racing Cars,' the Abarth came into being as a result of an FIA rule loophole. These rules defined a car on the basis of its chassis and the running gear, rather than basing the definition on the body. Thus, Porsche could use the 356B chassis and running gear, with a four-cam Carrera engine, and could and did use a specially designed lightweight aluminum body instead of the production steel body. The Carrera Abarths are one of the rarest Porsche models, with a production run of cars from serial number 1001 to 1021.

Abarth 1003 was delivered through Nordrheim in Dusseldorf, Germany, in May 1960. The original owner is listed on the Kardex as being Gerhard Koch. Kock is known to have raced the Abarth a number of times in 1960 and 1961. Kock was second in the 1600 GT class held at the Grand Prix de Rouen-les Essarts at Frankreich; and third in the Gran Prix of Germany at Nurburgring in the GT 2000 cc class. Koch and co-driver Hans-August Stausberg finished third in the Grand Touring Group, 2000 cc class and 13th overall at the 1960 Nurburgring 1000 kms race.


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Sources : 1960 Abarth 356 Carrera GTL Photo | 1960 Abarth 356 Carrera GTL Article

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