Some Assembly Required – 1959 Abarth 750 GT

In 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 … [Read more...]

Pumped Up Pantera – 1977 De Tomaso Pantera Group 5/Group C

This car really is like no other De Tomaso in the world. Built from a Pantera to Group 5 specifications and bodied by Mauro Sacchetti, formerly of Fantuzzi, it raced at Le Mans and was campaigned further in Italy and the rest of Europe before being sold to Auto Elite in Maranello during 1981. They rebuilt the car to Group C specifications and, being a production car-based machine up against the purpose-built monsters of Group C in the early … [Read more...]

Dirty Rotten Race Car – Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider

At some point this 1960 Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider was campaigned by some people out of Maryland in SCCA F-Production and I'm sure whoever was driving had a blast thanks to the wonderful 1,300 cc engine and fantastic handling, but its competition days are obviously long behind it. Put away and left to the cruel elements, it's been outside and stationary long enough for the floors to rot out, the paint to peel away, the interior to evaporate and the … [Read more...]

Something Special – 1955 Swartley-OSCA

In the early 1950s, SCCA racer Skip Swartley had been campaigning an Allard, but in 1955 he took a delivery of a tube-frame, aluminum-bodied, OSCA-powered one-off special to race in the G-Modified class. It was reportedly designed by Jim Troy of Burbank, California. Swartley debuted the pretty little car at the Pebble Beach races in April of that year, and after many impressive performances, including victory at Torrey Pines and the Bremerton Cup … [Read more...]

Tossed Around – 1974 Fiat 124 Sport Coupe CC

Fiat's charming little 124 Coupe was produced from 1967 to 1975 and in three distinct series. From the AC to the BC and CC, the 124 got progressively bigger engines and progressively squarer styling, and it always remained a hot little car. This example out of Ontario, California, though, takes it to a different level. A late example, it is a CC from 1974 that has been extensively raced, extensively modified and is ready for its next owner. Among … [Read more...]

Weird Wagon – 1978 Alfa Romeo Alfasud Giardiniera

Conceptually, the Alfasud was a great idea. Alfa Romeo got a new government-backed factory in southern Italy (hence the name Alfasud, which means Alfa South) to create jobs in an economically troubled part of the country, and as for the car itself, it was an impressive display of engineering and style to fit neatly at the bottom of the company's range. It had a water-cooled four cylinder boxer engine that allowed for a low center of gravity, … [Read more...]

Cool Hot Hatch – 1977 Lancia A112 Abarth

In 1969, Autobianchi replaced their Bianchina and Primula with the three-door A112. By 1971 both a luxury version, called the "Elegant", and a sport version, called the Abarth, had been introduced. The Abarth had a larger engine, sports exhaust, dual carburetors and a more aggressive camshaft. By the mid-1970s, the engine was 1,050 cc and was coupled to a 5-speed gearbox in the Abarth. In some export markets, Fiat sold A112's like this … [Read more...]

Resurrected and Radiant – 1959 Maserati 3500 GT

The 3500 GT was the true mark of Maserati's transition from race car builder to serious road car manufacturer. Its straight-six was Maserati's first engine designed with purely road use in mind, parts were sourced from a wide range of suppliers ,and between 1957 and 1964 a total of over 2,000 examples were built. … [Read more...]

Fighting Bull – 1986 Lamborghini Countach 5000 Quattrovalvole

Arguably the quintessential supercar, Lamborghini's Countach represents many things. Its scissor doors, poor ergonomics and wild body proved just how outrageous a pure performance car could be, but for some these same things also represented '80s excess and bad taste. Above all, though, the Countach symbolized success and the playboy lifestyle that just about every man secretly wishes for. … [Read more...]

Track-Prepped Panther – 1972 De Tomaso Pantera

De Tomaso Panteras are rarely left alone, and this is yet another quite seriously modified example. Done with the track (but not period correct preparation) in mind, it has a 419 ci stroker with forged crank and pistons, titanium valves, custom heads and a claimed 600+ rear wheel horsepower. The hood and deck lid are fiberglass, the fender flares are steel, the coil overs are adjustable, and the flywheel is lightened. Although it's advertised as … [Read more...]

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