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1963 ASA 1000 GT

• Designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro for Bertone; Ferrari 250 GT styling influence
• Extremely rare – one of only an approximate 60 “Ferrarina” produced
• Matching numbers engine
• Designed and developed by Ferrari in 1960/1961 and built in Milano, Italy by the De Nora family
• The 5th example of the ASA 1000 GT built and Mr. De Nora’s personal car
• Painstaking, long-term restoration to factory standard completed 2014

1,032 cc OHC inline four-cylinder engine, dual Weber 40 DCOE 2 twin-choke side-draft carburetors, 91 HP at 6,800 RPM, five-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with upper and lower A-arms, coil springs, tubular shocks, and anti-roll bar, live rear axle with trailing arms, coil springs, and tubular shocks, four-wheel Dunlop hydraulic disc brakes; wheelbase: 86.5”

During the late 1950s, Enzo Ferrari began to embrace series production of his road cars to finance the vast racing commitments of Scuderia Ferrari. Surprisingly, he also began consideration of a “Ferrarina” – a smaller Ferrari to reach a wider market at a lower price. Boldly, at his traditional end-of-year press conference in December 1959, Ferrari announced the development of a new four-cylinder OHC engine coded ‘854’ denoting its 850 cc displacement and four cylinders, in essence one-third of a Ferrari 250 GT unit. Pininfarina designed and built a prototype body for the 854, based on a Fiat 1200 chassis and gearbox. Early on, the little Ferrari-developed car was intended for production by another manufacturer. Initial production estimates of 3,000-5,000 cars allowed a low projected $2,600 selling price.

Strong initial interest in the Ferrarina was followed by silence until October 1961, when a new car on the Bertone stand at Turin, called “Mille” or “One Thousand,” drew attention. Styled by young Giorgetto Giugiaro for Bertone, it rode a chassis designed and built by Ferrari engineers and reputedly derived from that of the Ferrari 250 GTO, yet bore no Ferrari identification. The 985 cc ‘four’ was rated at 96 horsepower at 6,800 RPM with dual twin-choke Weber carburetors. The four-speed Alpine gearbox included Laycock overdrive on the two top gears. Ferrari engineers Carlo Chiti and Giotto Bizzarini contributed engineering expertise.

At next year’s Turin show, ASA, short for Autocostuzioni Societa per Azioni, emerged, to produce the car. Test drivers included Italian racing drivers Gerino Gerini, Lorenzo Bandini, and Giancarlo Baghetti, and Giotto Bizzarini was retained for engineering. Production would take place by the De Nora company in Milan, headed by Oronzio De Nora and his son Niccolò. The De Noras invested heavily into production facilities for the car and a fiberglass-bodied convertible version was also made available. Production commenced in 1963 and U.S. Ferrari importer Luigi Chinetti – friend to Enzo Ferrari and the De Noras, imported and sold the first ASA 1000 GT in September 1964. The low-volume production forced stiff pricing and the sweet-handling, beautifully finished ASA sold poorly in relation to Abarths, Alfas, and Mini-Coopers in Europe and Corvettes in America. Undaunted, ASA 1000 GTs contested the 1965 Targa Florio, finishing as high as 3rd and 4th in class. That October, a “Berlinetta 411” version of the 1000 GT with alloy coachwork and enlarged engine was displayed at Paris. The “Roll-Bar,” designed by Luigi Chinetti, Jr. and featuring a 1,300 cc six-cylinder engine, was planned and one even won class at Sebring in 1967. An 1,800 cc four-cylinder version was also considered. Finally, low demand and stiff pricing brought the demise of ASA. Total production was less than 100, including approximately 52 coupes, 14 convertible spyders, and perhaps 20 411s. It is not known how many survivors are still running.

Given their Ferrari DNA, Bizzarrini/Chiti engineering, Giugiaro design, and interesting story, these rare and handsome Italian GT cars are now highly coveted by classic sports-car collectors and enthusiasts. Numbered 01022, this 1963 ASA 1000 GT is the 5th example produced and it was the personal car of Mr. De Nora. In 1969, 01022 was sold in Milan to an American serviceman stationed in Italy and subsequently shipped to West Texas. In 1990, the consignor acquired the vehicle and started a long-term, total, and photo-documented restoration that was completed over the next 24 years to original specifications, based on the records in the official ASA book, including the paint color, upholstery, Nardi steering wheel, trunk cover, and myriad details. Present is the rarely seen numbers matching engine, 173551, which has been mated to a five-speed gearbox for enhanced drivability. Additional items included in the sale of this ASA 1000 GT include service and parts books, new outside mirrors, a new set of seat belts, the original tool bag with wrenches, extra leather from the interior restoration, and the book “ASA.” The original gearbox and an original new windshield, inside a shipping box, are included with the sale of the car, to be shipped from the owner’s location at buyer expense. A true Italian GT thoroughbred with fascinating background including ownership by Mr. De Nora and restored to factory specifications, this 1963 ASA 1000 GT marks an extremely rare and desirable offering on all levels.

1963 ASA 1000 GT
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