Presented at the 42nd Turin Motor Show, the 1960 Abarth 1000 Bialbero Record Car “La Principessa” is one of the most remarkable designs ever conceived by Italian coachbuilder Carrozzeria Pinin Farina. Built on behalf of Fiat-Abarth, the shape was developed utilizing the wind tunnel at Turin Polytechnic University, with the sole goal being to create a car that would break the world record for highest sustained speed over the longest period of time. Pinin Farina’s masterful hand achieved just that and more. With a drag coefficient of just 0.20, La Principessa went on to set nine world records including 10,000 kilometers with an average speed of 118.7mph, as well as 72 continuous hours at an average speed of 116mph. The Jetsons-like juggernaut features the chassis of a Fiat 600 but with state-of-the-art aerodynamics for the day — the result of rigorous wind-tunnel testing at the university Politecnico di Torino. This unrestored car has been with the same private owner for decades and is being offered for public sale for the first time at Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach Auctions, to be held August 20 and 21, 2016.
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