Fiat Abarth 750 Zagato Double Bubble

While Fiat was best known in the late 1950s for making small, inexpensive and very dependable automobiles, it took the magic of Carlos Abarth, a gifted mechanic who in today's world would be called a “tuner,” to bring out the fire in the belly of those little four-bangers. Unveiled in 1956, it didn't take long for the Abarth Zagato coupe to start making news; it took a second in class at the Mille Miglia, and the following year in 1957, a total of five cars finished the Mille Miglia with Alfonso Thiele driving to a first place finish in the 750-cc class. Many a racer felt the “sting” of being passed and ending up behind a car with the Abarth touch, which could be one of the reasons the company adopted the scorpion on its coat of arms.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August of 2011 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.

48 hp, 767 cc overhead valve inline four-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, front and rear independent suspension, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 79"

Source: RM Auctions

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