1959 FIAT ABARTH 750 ZAGATO
A truly stunning Double Bubble GT supplied with two engines.
The fit and finish of this Double Bubble are far beyond anything that left the factory, and overall this is one of the most attractive double bubbles I have ever seen” – Keith Martin, Editor Sports Market magazine
We are facilitating the sale of this vehicle on behalf of the owner.
History of this car
The Fiat Abarth Zagato 750GT was developed by Abarth in conjunction with Zagato and Fiat. Some were made by Zagato and probably most of them constructed under license by M.E.C.A.T at their Turin facility, but badged as Zagato. According to the history file, this chassis is the 62nd of about 300 “Double Bubble” cars made and the M.E.C.A.T ledger lists our chassis 544562 as “perhaps” being of their build.
Our car was manufactured in 1958 and like many shipped originally to the USA direct to the US Fiat/Abarth importer Roosevelt Automobile Co in Washington D.C (Team Roosevelt was a successful Abarth racing team). Our Abarth was likely sold to Tony Pompeo at PAVIA (Pompeo & Valenzcino Italian Autos) in California.
This Abarth has a known chain of ownership as follows:
Early 1980s owned by Mr RLB, Orange County California
Early 1980s-1995 owned by Mr DCQ, Reno Nevada
1995-2004 owned by Mr RFP, Portland, Oregon
2004-2016 Mr IWS, Huddersfield, UK
2016-current Mr BB, Stoke-on-Trent, UK
It has appeared at:
1999 entry at Concorso Italiano Monterey
2000 entry at Seattle International Raceway x 2
2000 entry at Mission, B.C
2000 entry at Portland International Raceway
2001 entry at Detroit
2001 entry at Portland International Raceway x 2
2001 Maryhill Loop Hillclimb
2002 entry at Portland International Raceway x 2
2002 entry at Mission B.C
2003 entry at Portland International Raceway x 3
2004 appeared at Amelia Island “cars of Carlo Abarth”
2004 entry to Christie’s auction at Le Mans (sold 61,000 Euros)
2016 Silverstone Abarth track day
Our car has been carefully restored (most importantly, unlike most, from a very sound base) with great attention to detail, and features:
Zagato racing seats
Seven vent Abarth 12” wheels with correct hubcaps
Removable roll bar and harnesses
PBS 60HP 903 engine with 1050 head, remote oil cooler, electric fuel pump and two piece Abarth sump
Rebuilt suspension, brakes, steering and clutch
This is a stand out feature of the car, having had a high level restoration bare metalling the bodywork with electrolysis removed and perfect seams and shut lines and lovely thin Fiat Rosso paint; all new Perspex side screens and a new windscreen were fitted, photo documented.
Whilst this restoration is older, it has been a national concours winner in the USA. The quality really speaks for itself and today the car looks incredibly fresh.
At the time of the restoration all mechanicals were rebuilt with less than 3000 miles covered since.
The engine fitted was rebuilt by specialist PBS around a Sport block bored to 965cc capacity with two piece Abarth sump, oil cooler and electric fuel pump, producing around 60 HP.
For those buyers wishing to return the car to the original specification, our Abarth is additionally supplied with a fully rebuilt and zero hours Abarth 750 Zagato engine by Middle Barton Garage, built up from a 600 block (invoice £7800 on file).
Recently a larger capacity aluminium radiator has been specially made and installed. The original radiator accompanies the car.
The car is on the button and great fun to drive!
Tardis like and again beautifully restored with superb Zagato wrap round seats. The headlining, dashboard, gauges, carpets and door cards are all in great crisp condition.
A removable half cage is fitted as are Pyrotect harnesses.
All in excellent order, spare and strap in place.
Zagato products are known to be the hardest to restore and this example must be amongst the very best, in stunning condition and great to drive, event and tour ready.
This car is the real deal. Unrepeatable and supplied with good history file.