Carlo Abarth saw an opportunity when the Fiat 600 was launched in 1955. Abarth developed a 750cc version of the 633cc engine and sold them to dealers to retrofit to stock 600s. Carlo also built complete cars in his factory for street and competition use. The best known of these were the lightweight Zagato-bodied cars. The 750 Abarth Zagato was introduced to the racing world in 1956. It was an immediate success in a variety of European events. It swept the first three places in the 750cc class at the 1957 Mille Miglia. Across the Atlantic, the 750GT, nicknamed the “Double Bubble” for the distinctive roof bumps, were successful on the U.S. circuits.
We really like these quirky Zagato Coupes. The front styling takes some getting used to and is reminiscent of the Ford Torinos of the early ’70s. Well maybe just a little. Pretty sure Ford wasn’t inspired by this design. The Zagato Coupe has a funky rear end although it is a bit more together than the front. It does have a unique vent position for the rear window to help exhaust stale air from the cabin. Today’s find is the second Rally version we have featured in the past few months. Read More
This 1960 Lancia Appia GTE Series 3 Zagato Coupe is a rare bird. It is powered by a narrow-angle V-4 engine capable of producing 60 horsepower. There is a four-speed manual transmission and four-wheel drum brakes. The Zagato bodied cars were lightweight coupe GTs and proved to be very capable machines in competition, including the Mille Miglia. Read More
We did our best today but honestly, we didn’t find nor were we presented with anything Mintworthy. Until our hero for the day stepped in. He’s Fred R. and this is his first submission and it is a good one – a rare Alfa Romeo 1600 Junior Zagato. Back in the late 60s, Alfa’s marketing managers found out that there could be an additional market segment to tap into. They thought younger drivers desired a sporty, original and compact GT from Alfa Romeo. Read More