Mar. 9th 2012 – Auto of the day – Auto #5

Abarth Fiat Zagato 1959

1959 Abarth Zagato 750

1959 Fiat Abarth 750 Zagato “Double Bubble”

Chassis No. 532947

Engine No. 549353

Body No. 52

The Abarth Zagato was dominant in its class due to the very special chassis and drive train components Abarth developed and attached to the pedestrian Fiat 600 underpinnings. It proved itself on racetracks around the world from Sebring to Nurburgring, winning more races in Europe than any other manufacturer in the 50’s and 60’s. The components Abarth developed made him an equal to Porsche and Ferrari as an engineering genius.

History of #52

According to the oldest recorded owner of this stunning example, the car was purchased used around 1959/60 in Denver, Colorado and was brought to Utah two years later where it raced at Airport #2 in West Jordan, Utah in the SCCA regionals. It later became the gentleman’s daily driver. A registry form on file indicates that this particular car won its class at the Pikes Peak Hill climb in 1959.

The Abarth was cared for by the same long-term owner until 1997 when it was purchased by a fellow Utahan. In the years following, this “Double Bubble” was to receive a complete mechanical and cosmetic freshening.

The Double Bubble Zagato alloy body has been proven by time to be the most recognized and sought after shape from the house of Zagato. Finished in green paintwork over biscuit leather interior with red piping, the car still retains much of its original glass and interior/exterior trim restored to proper specifications. During the restoration it was noted that all original body number (#52) stampings and yellow grease pencil markings remain in their proper locations.

The mechanicals received the same quality of care and attention, including a complete rebuilt of engine no. 549353 by British & European Car Service in SLC, Utah. Koni shocks and proper 12” seven-vent wheels with Abarth knockoffs mounted on Michelin MX tires complete all four corners. Spare wheel and Fiat jack assembly accompany the Abarth, as well as original Fiat 600 Owner’s Manual, vintage parts manuals, spec sheets and recent Zagato DB register.

This light-weight, quick and capable machine is just as comfortable on an open highway as it is on a vintage race course. A rare opportunity to acquire a car that carries stunning Zagato coachwork, it would make a great addition to any collection and is eligible for many vintage events around the world.

All correct Abarth components, rare alloy Zagato body, original colors, and beautiful interior make this car a work of art!

  • Recognized in the Italian Car Registry and the Abarth Registry!
  • One of approximately 600 produced!
  • Comes with extensive history and documentation!
  • Early Race History!
  • Only 2 long term owners since 1959!
  • Rebuilt motor, beautiful interior, original colors, and nicely detailed undercarriage!

To learn more about this vehicle, please contact our sales department at (281) 497-1000 or sales@driversource.com

$119,500 negotiable 281-497-1000

Value: $75,000 – 150,000

Comment: Great value, cool little car….

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