Abarth was a master of self-promotion, he knew how to hire talented young people whose work he would later appropriate, and he knew how to make a quick buck.
Born in Austria in 1908, Karl Abarth was a European motorcycle champion in the 1930s who fled to Italy during World War II. His firm, Abarth & C., was formed from the remnants of the famed Italian constructor Cisitalia in April of 1949, its first cars being adapted from Cisitalia 202 coupes.
The 205 was much more than a reworked Cisitalia, however, with a specific chassis and more developed engine. Due to better aerodynamics, the new car now reached a top speed of 180 km per hour. Giovanni Michelotti of Vignale designed the coachwork.
At $9,500-the price of a new Ferrari-the 205 was able to boast a near perfect combination of breathtaking looks, individuality and competition heritage. It was designed with the serious and skilled driver in mind, rather than the ordinary man in the street.
Chassis 205-102, pictured here, was imported straight from Italy where it was said to have been first campaigned by the factory, and then a subsequent owner, before being acquired in September 1964 by the well-known Austrian enthusiast and privateer racer, Helmut Fischer. The car was henceforth dubbed the “Fischer Green Star.” This Abarth 205A was a formidable street-legal racer, with which Fischer managed to win 14 national championships in his category, and achieve over 130 victories in all. Somewhere in its career, the original Fiat engine was replaced with a 1300-cc Alfa engine and five-speed gearbox, which are still in the car.
Today the car’s condition is commensurate with the high standards of its meticulous mechanical preparation, as it still has the basis of the original all-aluminum body, with a modified grille and covered headlights, and retains its superb Borrani wire wheels. The Fischer Green Star would be a fantastic addition to any collection, whether for use in historic racing or as a possible international concours contender.