Amelia Island | Lot 123
1959 Fiat-Abarth 750 GT 'Double Bubble' Coupe Zagato
$100,000 - $125,000 USD
| Amelia Island, Florida
22 May 2021
- 72 hp, 981-cc OHV inline-four cylinder engine; four-speed manual transmission
- Distinctive, lightweight, hand-formed aluminum bodywork from Carrozzeria Zagato
- Benefits from a previous restoration, and improved “GBS” engine
- Exhibited at the 2007 Concorso Italiano and 2014 Abarth Track Experience at Lime Rock Park
- An ideal candidate for vintage rallies, races, and tours worldwide
Based on the chassis of the humble Fiat 600, the Abarth 750 GT Zagato is one of the most interesting and highly regarded examples of Italian etceterini. A joy to drive and to own, it allows access to multiple racing events all over the world. The pairing of Abarth and Zagato can be easily defined as a match made in heaven. Carlo Abarth’s genius in turning Fiat’s low-displacement engines into true pocket-rockets was renown, as was Zagato’s ability to create ultra-lightweight and gorgeous coachwork.
This 1959 example is eminently presentable and benefits from a previous restoration. It is clad in the attractive racing-inspired blue and white livery of a contemporary 750 GT “Competition Coupe,” completed by a period-correct suite of badging. The interior is a tidy affair trimmed in blue vinyl with matching carpets. Additional cabin features include a dash-mounted rally clock, competition-spec lap belts, and luggage straps. The car’s high-performance “GBS” engine has been bored out to approximately 981 cubic centimeters and paired to a four-speed manual transmission of the correct type. This 750 GT’s acute stopping and handling abilities are provided by a set of hydraulic drum brakes which are housed within a correct set of alloy wheels with Abarth center caps wrapped in Pirelli Roadhandler tires.
This 750 GT Zagato has been displayed at the 2007 Concorso Italiano and was also sought by Fiat for display at their 2014 Abarth Track Experience held at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut. Several pieces of historic imagery and Fiat Club correspondence accompany the sale, in addition to the car’s matching spare wheel.
Rarely seen but greatly admired and thoroughly enjoyed, this alluring 750 GT Zagato is a testament to one of Carrozzeria Zagato’s most enduring designs. This exemplary “double bubble” would be a worthy competitor for historic tours of the best variety.
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