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1960 ABARTH SESTRIERE 750 ZAGATO For Sale

L’Abarth 750 GT Zagato. Un coup de foudre instantané, il n’est pas bien difficile de comprendre pourquoi. La più bella storia d’amore: Comme d’habitude, l’histoire des hommes derrière les machines est primordiale. Abarth & C., c’est un préparateur sportif né des cendres de l’équipe Cisitalia qui fit faillite en 1948. Financé par Armando Scagliarini, c’est l’ancien directeur des sports de l’écurie de course, Carlo Abarth, qui reprend alors les rênes de l’entreprise. Nous sommes à Bologne en 1949, Abarth & C. est né et le Scorpion stylisé, signe astrologique de Carlo, s’empare des jantes et des calandres sur fond de blason rouge et jaune. Les premières Abarth naîtront donc officiellement de quelques voitures non terminées héritées des actifs de Cisitalia, avant de transférer le siège de la compagnie à Turin où verra le jour la célèbre collaboration avec Fiat d’où est issue cette Abarth 750 GT Zagato. En tant que préparateur, Abarth, souvent sur base de chassis Fiat, remplace les moteurs par les siens et apporte de nombreuses modifications esthétiques confiées à divers carrossiers alors de renom : Zagato, Moretti et Allemano en tête de liste. C’est donc ainsi que sont nées ces berlinettes sur-vitaminées qui s’illustreront sur diverses courses et rallyes au cours des années 50. Un équilibre de rondeur Dolce Vita et de coeur sportif qui émeut quiconque n’a pas un coeur de pierre. Fiat Abarth 750 GT Zagato : Sur-vitaminée ! Voici un chassis de Fiat 600 équipé d’un moteur Abarth 750cc qui rugit sérieusement et dont la carrosserie, comme son nom l’indique, a été réalisée par Zagato. La version la plus courante de cette voiture, produite durant la quasi-totalité des années 50 est celle que l’on appelle la “Double Bubble” dont le pavillon arbore un bosselage cher à Zagato. Le modèle en question est différent. C’est ce qu’on appelle une “Sestriere”, nom donné aux dernières automobiles produites durant les années 1959 et 1960. On peut constater que les doubles bulles ont été abandonnées au profit de 2 énormes prises d’air sur la malle arrière; plus sportif, plus épuré et plus racé. Encore plus beau si vous voulez mon avis. Seules 20 voitures préparées de cette manière seraient sorties des usines Abarth dans cette configuration. Exact, c’est aujourd’hui très rare. Complément d’histoire, cette Abarth 750 GT Zagato “Sestriere”, avec sa coque en acier et ses ouvrants en aluminium, a profondément ému Abarth Classiche lors de la certification tant la rareté de l’automobile et la justesse de sa restauration étaient au rendez-vous. Un bout d’histoire qui ne nous a évidemment pas non plus laissé de marbre… Totalement restaurée et pretes a prendre la route. Chassis no. 756808 Engine no. 100.000 825490 in the car 747cc OHV Inline 4-Cylinder 690939 Engine (side by car) Single Weber Carburetor 43.5bhp at 5,800rpm 4-Speed Manual Transmission 4-Wheel Independent Suspension 4-Wheel Drum Brakes *Long time Southern California car (was black plate) *Remarkable, preserved example *Rarely seen Zagato Sestriere coachwork *Fully restored to concourse standard The Fiat-Abarth 750 Sestriere Zagato From high efficiency exhaust systems in the 1930s, Karl (later Carlo) Abarth branched out into other performance parts for Italian cars small and large. In the early years after WWII he became the Italian distributor for Porsche and through that connected Ferry Porsche with Piero Dusio of Cisitalia to realize the Type 360 Grand Prix racer project. Cisitalia was forced into bankruptcy shortly thereafter and as a consultant to the company, Abarth was awarded most of the assets of Cisitalia as payment for his work. He developed the last of the Cisitalia chassis as Abarths, and then turned to building original Fiat-based cars. Abarth hit his stride when the Fiat 600 of 1955 was launched, for in addition to supplying tuning parts, he developed an enlarged 750cc version of the 633cc engine, selling derivazione high-performance kits to dealers and garages for fitting into stock 600s. He also built complete cars in his factory, the best known of which were sleek, lightweight Zagato-bodied competition cars. The Fiat 600 Derivazione 750 Abarth Zagato made its debut at the 1955 Turin Auto show and began its racing career in 1956. It quickly established itself as a winner in European events and made a sweep of the first three places in the 750cc class at the 1957 Mille Miglia. His affordable miniature GT car was ideal for the private entry racer, the perfect "drive to the track, race and drive home" car. Through a sponsor partnership deal secured with Fiat, he was paid for every win or second place a "Fiat-Abarth" scored. The cars were equally successful in the US, on all types of tracks across the country. As was the case with the Italian carrozzeria, the derivazione extended to the coachwork as well, and various versions of the Zagato-bodied car left the Zagato coachbuilding works. A special model named the "Sestriere", as seen here, had upright fixed headlights and was built normally in steel, with two prominent air scoops atop the tail for better engine cooling. The Sestriere model was named after the Rallye de Sestriere, one of Europe's most punishing Alpine rally events on the annual calendar at that time, providing the Italian round of the contemporary rally drivers' Championship. Above all, the Fiat-Abarth 750 Sestriere was a tough and resilient little competition car in true Abarth fashion. That abarth was awarness during it's certification at Abarth Classiche.. they have never seen a so well and correct restored car, ready to enjoy in the Alps...!


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