1959  FIAT-Abarth  750 Record Monza Bialbero Coupé  Chassis no. 780 410

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1959 FIAT-Abarth 750 Record Monza Bialbero Coupé
Coachwork by Carrozzeria Zagato
€ 120,000 - 160,000
US$ 140,000 - 180,000

The Padua Auction

27 Oct 2018, 14:30 CEST

Italy, Padua

Lot Details
1959  FIAT-Abarth  750 Record Monza Bialbero Coupé  Chassis no. 780 410 1959  FIAT-Abarth  750 Record Monza Bialbero Coupé  Chassis no. 780 410 1959  FIAT-Abarth  750 Record Monza Bialbero Coupé  Chassis no. 780 410 1959  FIAT-Abarth  750 Record Monza Bialbero Coupé  Chassis no. 780 410 1959  FIAT-Abarth  750 Record Monza Bialbero Coupé  Chassis no. 780 410 1959  FIAT-Abarth  750 Record Monza Bialbero Coupé  Chassis no. 780 410 1959  FIAT-Abarth  750 Record Monza Bialbero Coupé  Chassis no. 780 410 1959  FIAT-Abarth  750 Record Monza Bialbero Coupé  Chassis no. 780 410 1959  FIAT-Abarth  750 Record Monza Bialbero Coupé  Chassis no. 780 410 1959  FIAT-Abarth  750 Record Monza Bialbero Coupé  Chassis no. 780 410 1959  FIAT-Abarth  750 Record Monza Bialbero Coupé  Chassis no. 780 410 1959  FIAT-Abarth  750 Record Monza Bialbero Coupé  Chassis no. 780 410 1959  FIAT-Abarth  750 Record Monza Bialbero Coupé  Chassis no. 780 410 1959  FIAT-Abarth  750 Record Monza Bialbero Coupé  Chassis no. 780 410 1959  FIAT-Abarth  750 Record Monza Bialbero Coupé  Chassis no. 780 410 1959  FIAT-Abarth  750 Record Monza Bialbero Coupé  Chassis no. 780 410 1959  FIAT-Abarth  750 Record Monza Bialbero Coupé  Chassis no. 780 410 1959  FIAT-Abarth  750 Record Monza Bialbero Coupé  Chassis no. 780 410 1959  FIAT-Abarth  750 Record Monza Bialbero Coupé  Chassis no. 780 410 1959  FIAT-Abarth  750 Record Monza Bialbero Coupé  Chassis no. 780 410 1959  FIAT-Abarth  750 Record Monza Bialbero Coupé  Chassis no. 780 410 1959  FIAT-Abarth  750 Record Monza Bialbero Coupé  Chassis no. 780 410 1959  FIAT-Abarth  750 Record Monza Bialbero Coupé  Chassis no. 780 410
1959 FIAT-Abarth 750 Record Monza Bialbero Coupé
Coachwork by Carrozzeria Zagato

Chassis no. 780 410
•Rare and desirable Bialbero (Twin-cam) version
•Comprehensively restored by Faralli
•Abarth Classiche certified
•Registered in Italy

An innovative concern with a sporting pedigree second to none, Abarth branched out from producing induction and exhaust systems into selling performance kits for - mainly FIAT - production cars, later building a succession of aerodynamically stylish sports prototypes and limited-series production cars, many of which were produced in conjunction with Carrozzeria Zagato.

One of Carlo Abarth's most successful series of GT cars was based on the FIAT 600, the first of these handsome little Zagato-bodied coupés - the 750 - appearing in 1956. Although the 750 was production based, the customer had such freedom of choice, including engine specification, that it is rare to find two identical cars. The 600 chassis was used with scant modification apart from changing spring rates and up-rating the front brakes to twin-leading-shoe operation, yet despite this apparent handicap coped remarkably well with the Abarth's greatly increased performance. The latter was achieved by boring and stroking the 600's 633cc four-cylinder engine to 747cc and modifying or replacing just about every other component, the result being an increase in maximum power from 23bhp at 4,000rpm to 44bhp at 6,000 revs. Tested by The Autocar magazine in 1958, the Abarth Zagato 750 GT scorched through the standing quarter-mile in 20 seconds on its way to maximum speed of 95mph (153km/h), outstanding figures for such a small-engined car.

The next stage of development saw the 750 equipped with an Abarth-designed double-overhead-camshaft cylinder head that helped liberate 47bhp from the tiny engine, models thus equipped being dubbed 'Bialbero' (Twin-cam). Abarth's diminutive coupés were soon dominating the small-capacity classes in international GT racing. Indeed, in North American SCCA events the 1.0-litre Abarth was obliged to compete against rivals displacing up to 3.8 litres and still proved capable of winning!

This beautiful example of Abarth's baby GT car has the rare Bialbero engine. The Abarth was comprehensively restored by renowned Italian coachbuilders Faralli of Pisa, Tuscany some 10 years ago, while the overhaul of the mechanicals was entrusted to the Abarth specialist Fallorno of Empoli, again in Tuscany. Such was the quality of their work that not only is the car still beautiful condition today, it comes with the ASI Targa Oro and the sought-after Abarth Classiche certification. These little Abarths were giant-killers in their time, especially when equipped with the rare and more powerful Bialbero engine like this example.

Footnotes

  • An innovative concern with a sporting pedigree second to none, Abarth branched out from producing induction and exhaust systems into selling performance kits for - mainly FIAT - production cars, later building a succession of aerodynamically stylish sports prototypes and limited-series production cars, many of which were produced in conjunction with Carrozzeria Zagato.

    One of Carlo Abarth's most successful series of GT cars was based on the FIAT 600, the first of these handsome little Zagato-bodied coupés - the 750 - appearing in 1956. Although the 750 was production based, the customer had such freedom of choice, including engine specification, that it is rare to find two identical cars. The 600 chassis was used with scant modification apart from changing spring rates and up-rating the front brakes to twin-leading-shoe operation, yet despite this apparent handicap coped remarkably well with the Abarth's greatly increased performance. The latter was achieved by boring and stroking the 600's 633cc four-cylinder engine to 747cc and modifying or replacing just about every other component, the result being an increase in maximum power from 23bhp at 4,000rpm to 44bhp at 6,000 revs. Tested by The Autocar magazine in 1958, the Abarth Zagato 750 GT scorched through the standing quarter-mile in 20 seconds on its way to maximum speed of 95mph (153km/h), outstanding figures for such a small-engined car.

    The next stage of development saw the 750 equipped with an Abarth-designed double-overhead-camshaft cylinder head that helped liberate 47bhp from the tiny engine, models thus equipped being dubbed 'Bialbero' (Twin-cam). Abarth's diminutive coupés were soon dominating the small-capacity classes in international GT racing. Indeed, in North American SCCA events the 1.0-litre Abarth was obliged to compete against rivals displacing up to 3.8 litres and still proved capable of winning!

    This beautiful example of Abarth's baby GT car has the rare Bialbero engine. The Abarth was comprehensively restored by renowned Italian coachbuilders Faralli of Pisa, Tuscany some 10 years ago, while the overhaul of the mechanicals was entrusted to the Abarth specialist Fallorno of Empoli, again in Tuscany. Such was the quality of their work that not only is the car still beautiful condition today, it comes with the ASI Targa Oro and the sought-after Abarth Classiche certification. These little Abarths were giant-killers in their time, especially when equipped with the rare and more powerful Bialbero engine like this example.


    1959 Coupé FIAT-Abarth 750 Record Monza Bialbero
    Carrozzeria della Carrozzeria Zagato
    Telaio nr. 780 410

    •Versione Bialbero rara e desiderabile
    •Completamente restaurata da Faralli
    •Certificazione Abarth Classiche
    •Immatricolata in Italia

    Un concetto innovativo abbinato ad un pedigree sportivo insuperabile ha permesso all'Abarth di evolversi dalla produzione di sistemi di aspirazione e scarico e dalla vendita di kit di preparazione per auto di serie, principalmente FIAT, alla costruzione di una serie di prototipi sportivi, aerodinamicamente eleganti e di auto in serie limitata, molte delle quali realizzate in collaborazione con la Carrozzeria Zagato. Una delle serie di vetture GT di maggior successo prodotte da Carlo Abarth si basava sulla FIAT 600, e, la prima di queste affascinanti, piccole coupé con carrozzeria Zagato - la 750 – è stata presentata nel 1956. Sebbene la 750 fosse basata su una vettura di normale produzione, il cliente aveva una tale libertà di scelta, incluse le specifiche del motore, che è raro trovare due auto identiche. Il telaio della 600 è stato utilizzato con scarse modifiche, a parte il cambio delle molle e il miglioramento dei freni anteriori grazie all'utilizzo delle doppie ganasce. Nonostante questo apparente handicap, il telaio ha sopportato molto bene le prestazioni notevolmente aumentate delle Abarth. Queste ultime sono stato raggiunte incrementando alesaggio e corsa del motore da 633 cc della 600, portandolo a 747 cc e modificando, o sostituendo, quasi ogni altro componente, con un aumento della potenza massima da 23 bhp a 4.000 giri / min. a 44 bhp a 6.000 giri. Testata dalla rivista Autocar nel 1958, l'Abarth Zagato 750 GT ha bruciato i 400 metri in 20 secondi, raggiungendo la velocità massima di 153 km / h (95 mph), cifre eccezionali per una vettura così piccola.

    La successiva fase di sviluppo ha visto le 750 essere equipaggiate con una testata, disegnata da Abarth, a doppio albero a camme in testa che contribuì a permettere di ottenere 47 bhp dal minuscolo motore: i modelli così equipaggiati, furono soprannominati 'Bialbero'. Le piccole coupé di Abarth hanno presto cominciato a dominare le classi di piccola cilindrata nelle competizioni GT internazionali. In effetti, negli eventi SCCA del Nord America, l'Abarth da 1.0 litri è stata costretta a competere con rivali che si sono spinti fino a 3,8 litri e, comunque, si è dimostrata capace di vincere!

    Questo bell'esemplare della piccola GT di casa Abarth, monta proprio il raro motore bialbero ed è stata completamente restaurata dalla rinomata Carrozzeria Faralli di Pisa, circa 10 anni fa. La revisione della meccanica, invece, avvenuta in contemporanea, è stata affidata allo specialista Abarth Fallorno di Empoli. Tale la qualità del loro lavoro che la macchina, ancora oggi, è in ottime condizioni e viene venduta completa della certificazione ASI Targa Oro e della ricercata certificazione Abarth Classiche. Queste piccole Abarth erano vetture capaci di mettere in crisi auto ben più grandi ed importanti, specialmente quando equipaggiate con il raro e più potente motore Bialbero, proprio come quello presente in questo esemplare.
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