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Carlo Alberto Abarth, a master craftsman who set a number of international records and glorious racing records in the 1950s, embellished his birth month constellation "Scorpione". The first mass-produced GT produced by an established brand known to everyone was "Abarth 750GT Zagato".
When Abarth was founded in 1949 in Milan, Italy, it was a tuner for the manufacture and sale of tuning parts for Fiat. Meanwhile, his own Complete car has produced steady results in the race, culminating in 1955 with "Fiat Abarth 750GT Zagato Derivazione" based on Fiat's new basic 600 model (Seicento). Tuning Complete quickly took the race field by increasing the engine displacement from 633cc to 747cc and increasing the maximum output from 18hp to 40hp. He developed the much-touted potential as a mass-produced GT, and fans grew around the world. The "Abarth 750GT Zagato" was created by many competitors at the Mille Miglia and Italian championships.
The distinctive roof shape, commonly known as "double bubble" has been adopted since the Torino Show in autumn 1956 in order to increase the driver's head clearance. It was a normal roof shape when it was first developed. This double bubble passed through Series 2, and in 1957, aerodynamics were pursued, and it was refined to Series 3, which is beautifully arranged in a tail-fin shape to the rear end.
The somewhat charming and stylish body was created by Carrozzeria Zagato. The vehicle weighs only 535kg thanks to the use of aluminum. Although the engine is only 747cc, the high performance GT combines a maximum speed of 160 km/h and agile footwork, and continues to be loved by enthusiasts. It is said that the production number is about 400, but there are only a few cars in the world that keep the original condition.
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It's a car with high originality with the impression that it's filled with the love of past owners in its small pale yellow body.
The current owner fell in love with the double bubble styling and has owned the Abarth since 2011, having been sold to him by enthusiasts who own several units. He has also completed the Vecchio Bambino and other classic car rallies, and is highly reliable. The engine is maintained mainly by overhauling the head and refining the ignition system, and the cooling system is updated to meet the needs of the times by loading radiators with increased cores. Also, as for the exhaust type which is a pronoun for Abarth, the manifold is still original and the rear muffler is out of production, so it has been replaced with a replica. The exhaust pressure is kept well, and the "Recordmonza" sound, which is irresistible to enthusiasts, is fully utilized.
As for the body, deterioration of the steel plate is low overall, and the associated rubber has already been replaced. The rust on the lower part of the door panel, which is said to have increased when it was deposited in a repair shop, means that the current owner will repair the sheet metal from now on, and after it is finished in good condition, he will connect the baton to the next owner. Also, the wheels of the Campagnolo are in good condition, and there is a rare genuine plated over rider that matches the part number.
As for the interior, I was surprised by the miraculous Franco Conti Abarth Leather Steering which is said to have been made only six in the world. This alone is worth about 700000 ~ 800000 yen. Also, the normal steering is stored, so they will give it to the next owner. The dashboard and seats are in beautiful condition, and you can see that shift knobs and switches were used carefully.
The Abarth 750GT Zagato is a rare car that has been updated exquisitely without losing its original quality, but the current owner has a lot of cars, so we would like to sell it to car lovers who want to run in the classic car rally. It was a very hot day on the day of the interview, but the engine started once and idling was stable, and driving for about 15 minutes to the location seemed pleasant and fun. This is a car that anyone who can love a car with dynamic preservation should definitely ride.
Originally written by Shoujiro Kuwano
Photo by Yukio Yoshimi
Published on September 2019
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