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Lot Number
25
Coachwork by Zagato
1959 Fiat-Abarth 750 GT Coupe
Scottsdale Auction

ESTIMATE: $125,000 - $150,000
CHASSIS NO: 100585940
• Highly desirable "Double Bubble" design
• Rare and pleasingly original
• Steeped in motorsports history including the Tour de France Historique
• Legendary Abarth heritage
• Listed in The Italian Car Registry
• Eligible for a plethora of desirable tours, rallies and events

747 cc inline four-cylinder engine, 47 HP, five-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with wishbones and transverse leaf spring, rear diagonal swing axle with trailing arms and coil springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 78 ¾”


Hailed as “Proof positive that good things come in small packages” by John Christy of Sports Cars Illustrated, forerunner to Car and Driver magazine in 1957, the sleek Zagato-bodied Abarth 750 coupe delivered almost otherworldly performance and humbled many far more powerful opponents with uncanny ease. The brainchild of brilliant Austrian-born racer and engineer Carlo Abarth, and based on proven Fiat 600 mechanicals, the Zagato-bodied Fiat-Abarth 750 coupe and Allemano-bodied convertible created a sensation at their 1956 Geneva debut. Intended primarily for competition, the GT coupe was officially designated “Fiat 600 Derivazione Abarth 750 Carrozzeria Zagato” and purpose-built for maximum efficiency with surgical precision, similar to Porsche’s contemporary racing and road cars, yet quite possibly boasting even more fanatical development than those better-known cars from Stuttgart.

Riding on a fully independent suspension, the Abarth’s razor-sharp reflexes were enhanced by sleek, lightweight, and purposeful Zagato aluminum bodywork featuring covered headlamps, a fastback roofline, straight-though fenderlines, and twin large scoops feeding the hungry rear-mounted Fiat four-cylinder powerplant, initially a bored, stroked, and highly tuned 747 cc OHV pushrod engine. With a high-compression head and special Abarth exhaust system, output was rated at 47 very eager horsepower at 6,000 rpm. Weighing only 1,179 pounds, these small but mighty cars could hit easily hit 100 mph! Perhaps most importantly, these lightweight and effective “giant killers” out-handled and out-braked the competition everywhere they appeared while delivering exceptional fuel economy and staying power while others were forced to pit more frequently. A number of prototypes were made in 1956, and one of them contested the 1956 Mille Miglia, placing a commendable second in class. A highlight was the 1957 Mille Miglia – the last competitive edition of this storied race, where Alfonso Thiele won his class at an average speed of 73.7 mph, with two of his teammates finishing second and third.

While many other racing cars quickly became obsolete and uncompetitive, Abarth’s little coupes continued their winning ways well into the 1960s, with engines growing to 850 and 1,000 cc and sporting single and dual-overhead cam cylinder heads. Ample proof was delivered at Sebring in 1962 with Team Cunningham’s 1,000 cc “Bialbero” twin-cam coupe winning the 3-hour race for under 1.0-litre cars with Bruce McLaren driving, followed by Walt Hansgen for a 1-2 Abarth finish. Of all, the most famous variant of Abarth’s brilliant Zagato coupes are the “Double Bubbles,” with their raised-roof design. Intended to provide adequate headroom for the driver and occasional passenger/navigator while maintaining low overall height, this unique roof treatment remains the enduring visual signature of these potent performers.

Listed in The Italian Car Registry compiled by John DeBoer, this highly engaging example was discovered in an Italian garage during the running of the historic Mille Miglia in 2001. Correctly presented with just one repaint in light blue, it is equipped with period fog lamps and a largely original interior, with Zagato-style seats now fitted. The 747 cc mill was freshly rebuilt using high-strength chromoly internal components. An electronic ignition system was added, as well as a performance-type air filter atop a larger-capacity carburetor. Riding on its original wheels, devoid of hubcaps, this car is a highly desirable example of one of the dominant GT-class cars of the “Golden Age” of postwar sports-car racing with unbeatable Abarth heritage. In 1998, it participated in the Tour de France Historique, where it was race-numbered 32 and finished a commendable 8th. It also represents an exceptional buy for astute collectors in today’s market with its brilliant engineering and incomparable coachbuilt style – at a mere fraction of the cost of Zagato’s other celebrated masterpieces of the era. Best of all, it offers a the new owner endless enjoyment and entrance into many desirable tours, rallies and events.

*Please note, this car is titled as a 1957 but is a 1959 and eligible accordingly for event purposes

1959 Fiat-Abarth 750 GT Coupe
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