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1959 Abarth 750 GT Zagato

Chassis number : 563254

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Born in Vienna, Austria, Karl Abarth (1908-1979) became synonymous with modifying and tuning small sports cars, particularly Fiats, in the decades after World War II. A successful motorcycle and sidecar racer in the 1920s, Abarth immigrated to Italy in 1946, changed his name to Carlo and with Rodolfo Hruska formed a partnership to sell Porsche cars. They also became the Italian representatives of Porsche's design bureau.

Because of his ties with the Porsche family, Abarth became involved in work on the Porsche-designed Cisitalia Grand Prix car. Unfortunately, the project ran into financial troubles, and Cisitalia dissolved in 1949, at which point Abarth and Armando Scagliarini formed Scuderia Abarth.

Abarth raced several Cisitalias acquired in the bankruptcy of the company with drivers Nuvolari, Nino Farina, and Taruffi, all the while developing his business around aftermarket exhaust systems, induction systems and other accessories. Many of these components were based on the Fiat 500, 600 and 600D automobiles of the early 1950s.

In 1954 Abarth began producing his own cars based on Fiat chassis. Several carrozzerias such as Ghia, Bertone and Allemano were used to produce the bodies, culminating with the alloy-bodied Zagato in 1956. The Zagato-bodied cars changed subtly over the next three years, and they were followed by the Record Monzas and Bialberos.

Over the years, Abarth-modified cars scored many wins in sports-car competition. In 1971 Fiat acquired Abarth, and it became the company's competition department. During the 1970s and early 1980s, Fiat Abarths won 21 WRC events and earned three manufacturers titles.

The car presented here, Abarth chassis number 563254, Carrozzeria Zagato number 87 was imported by the Roosevelt Automobile Company owned by Franklin Delano Roosevelt Jr. As was the case with many of the Double Bubbles, number 87 was immediately converted from a street car to its present racing form. The car was campaigned for the next 20 years in SCCA events at venues such as Watkins Glen, Cumberland, Bridgehampton, Lime Rock and VIR. Later, it was then raced in vintage events at many of the same tracks. Abarth #87 is currently being raced with vintage organizations such as the VSCCA and VRG and represented 1 of only a handful still actively campaigned around the world.

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1959 Abarth 750 GT Zagato Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Fiat 750 GT Zagato

(Data based on Model Year 1959 sales)
1959 Fiat-Abarth 750 GT 'Double Bubble' Coupe Zagato
Chassis#: 100 654000
Sold for USD$123,200
  2021 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island Auction
1959 Abarth 750 GT Zagato image  1959 Abarth 750 GT Zagato image  
1959 FIAT-Abarth 750 Record Monza Coupé
Chassis#: 577 535
Sold for USD$88,896
  2019 Bonhams : The Zoute Sale
 
1959 Abarth 750GT Double Bubble Coupe
Chassis#: 718273
Sold for USD$67,200
  2019 Bonhams : Greenwich Concours
 
1959 Fiat-Abarth 750 GT 'Double Bubble' Zagato
Chassis#: 100 556881
Sold for USD$115,974
  2019 RM Sothebys : Villa Erba
 
1959 Fiat-Abarth 750 GT 'Double Bubble' Zagato
Chassis#: 100 558327
Sold for USD$100,000
  2019 RM Sothebys : Scottsdale Arizona
 
1959 Fiat-Abarth 750 Record Monza Coachwork by Zagato
Chassis#: 676193
Sold for USD$33,600
  2018 Bonhams : Greenwich Concours
 
1959 Fiat-Abarth 750 GT
Chassis#: 100585940
Sold for USD$126,500
  2015 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours
 
1959 Fiat-Abarth 750 Bialbero 'Record Monza' Coupé
Chassis#: 705712
Sold for USD$80,834
  2015 Bonhams : The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale
 
1959 Fiat Abarth 750 Zagato
Chassis#: 696265
Sold for USD$90,777
  2014 Silverstone Auction - NEC Classic Motor Show 2014
 
1959 FIAT-Abarth 750 Record Monza Bialbero Coupé Coachwork by Carrozzeria Zagato
Chassis#: 550486
Sold for USD$203,500
  2014 Greenwich Concours D'Elegance Auction
 
1959 Fiat Abarth 750 Zagato 'Double Bubble' Coupe
Chassis#: 558327
Sold for USD$93,500
  2011 RM Auctions at Monterey
1959 Abarth 750 GT Zagato image  1959 Abarth 750 GT Zagato image  
1959 Fiat 750 GT Zagato
Chassis#: 100441464
Sold for USD$17,600
  2004 Monterey - Russo & Steele
 
1959 FIAT ABARTH 750 GT ZAGATO 'DOUBLE BUBBLE' CO
Sold for USD$16,500
  2004 Barrett-Jackson - Petersen Museum 2004
 

Fiat 750 GT Zagatos That Failed To Sell At Auction

1959 Abarth 750 GT Zagato's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1959 Fiat-Abarth 750 GT Coupe1005859402019 Worldwide Auctioneers : Scottsdale, Arizona $125,000$150,000
1959 Fiat Abarth 750 Bialbero Record Monza Coupé7057122014 Bonhams : Goodwood Revival $70,000$120,000
1959 Abarth 750 Zagato Berlinetta6519002010 Bonhams Automobiles d'Exception á Rétromobile $65,000$85,000

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1959 Abarth 750 GT Zagato Profiles

1959 Abarth 750 GT Zagato vehicle information
Coupe
Designer: Zagato
Chassis #: 100 654000
Engine #: 100 GBS 040 2555127
1959 Abarth 750 GT Zagato vehicle information
Coupe
Designer: Zagato
1959 Abarth 750 GT Zagato vehicle information
Record Monza
Designer: Zagato
Engine #: 146
1959 Abarth 750 GT Zagato vehicle information
Coupe
Designer: Zagato
Chassis #: 563254
Engine #: 614332