Abarth 850 Tyres
Abarth 850 1961–1969
Abarth 850 TC
- The Abarth 850 fitted 5.20 - 12 crossply tyres until 1965.
- If you would like to use the original crossply fitments for your 850, we do offer the 520-12 Camac.
- We recommend fitting 125 R12 tyres as a suitable radial alternative. The tyre we recommend in this size is the 125SR12 PIRELLI CINTURATO CN54 . We also have the 125SR12 CINTURATO CN54 Whitewall tyres.
- The 850 TC in 1965 fitted 135 - 12 classic tyres.
- The 850 is derived from a Fiat 600, which, according to our period fitment guides, fitted tube-type wheels throughout production. Innertubes are required for these wheels to function, even with the fitment of tubeless radial tyres.
- The Abarth 850 innertube for the tyre size 125 R 12 and 135 R 12 is the Michelin 12C.
- In 1966 and onwards, some 850s fitted 13" wheels and were equipped with 450 - 13 crossply tyres, unfortunately, no classic tyre manufacturers currently make a road-legal tyre in this size.
- In place of a 450 - 13 crossply tyre we recommend fitting a 145-13 classic tyre as a suitable radial alternative. The Abarth 850 tyre we recommend in this size is the 145HR13 PIRELLI CINTURATO™ CA67.
- The correct tube for the 145 R13 size is the Michelin 13CG innertube.
- It's important to mention that, due to various preferences and needs, some individuals prefer taller 155 R13 Tyres for Abarth 850, in which case the 155R13 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67 provides optimal handling for vehicles from this era.
- The correct innertube for these tyres is the Michelin 13D.
Fiat Abarth 850
Abarth 850 Recommended Tyres
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History of the Abarth 850
1961 Abarth 850 Coupe Allemano
The Abarth 850 contains two different bodyworks based around the Fiat 600.
- The 850 Spider by Allemano.
- The 850TC Berlina.
The Abarth 850 Spider has bodywork by Allemano and was first shown in Spring 1960. It came with a Fiat-based 850 single-cam engine. This same bodywork would also be available with the larger 1000 engine in the Abarth 1000 models.
The Abarth 850TC Berlina was introduced in the winter of 1960. It used the bodywork of the Fiat 600 but included a few modifications, such as the distinct feature of the small box at the front bumper which held the engine's oil cooler. This car brought Abarth some great success in racing, with a class victory at the 1961 Nürburgring 500km race, after which a celebratory nameplate was made: The 850TC Nürburgring and later the 850TC Nürburgring Corsa.
Between 1962 and 1971 the 850cc and 1000cc class cars dominated races across the world, having superior performance compared to their larger competitors, earning the cars the nickname "Giant Killers". In the USA, the SCCA dictated that Alfred Cosentino was not allowed to use the Radiale engine in his Abarth Berlina Corsa 1000TCR as it was wiping the floor with the V8-powered competitors in the wet, and even in the dry, it was performing brilliantly. Even after swapping to a non-radiale engine however the car won 51 out of 53 races which, to this date, is still the most wins in SCCA racing history.