Some Assembly Required – 1959 Abarth 750 GT

double bubble zagatoIn the 1950s world of small sports car racing, Abarth was the car to beat, and in the incredibly prolific world of Italian coachbuilders, Zagato was among the top names. The Abarth 750 platform began naturally enough as another of Abarth’s hotted-up Fiat offerings. Abarth took the newly introduced Fiat 600 sedan, bored out the engine to 747 cc, and squeezed out another 20 horsepower to bring the total to around 42. The next step for making the 750 a contender on the track was a more slippery body to replace the standard Fiat shell. Throughout 1956, Zagato of Milan perfected for Abarth really as elegant a coupe body as could ever fit on so small a car. The double bubble roof and the twin intake scoops at the back were the most distinctive features of the car, and in typical Zagato fashion, the new aluminum body was both bizarre and gorgeous all at the same time.

In addition to the unforgettable appearance, the Zagato body also made the Abarth 750 lower, shorter, lighter, and more aerodynamic, which was just what Abarth needed for racing. Among the 750?s almost countless class victories were wins at Sebring and the Mille Miglia. The Abarth 750?s enviable racing provenance and its unforgettable Zagato styling has made the car one of the most desirable Abarths of them all, and with only around 600 examples built, it’s not often that they come up for sale. This car out of Connecticut is a project far from done and no history is provided, but in theory it could be finished without too much headache. All manner of spare parts come with the car, from trim, glass and Abarth hubcaps to brakes, gearboxes and 850 engine blocks. Everything still looks pretty grubby and it’s not like this comes with an instruction booklet, but you could be a lot worse off restoring a rare Italian sports car.

Check out the 1959 Abarth 750 GT here on eBay, where the “Buy It Now” price is set at $39,500 and open to offers.

Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    “Give me ten men who are stout-hearted men, and I will give you ten thousand more…” And the price of rebuilding this little puppy just keeps a-climbin’.

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