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Sunday, January 24, 2021

The legendary Abarth 750 Zagato

By 1956, Abarth had built a wide reputation as the ultimate engine tuner for Fiat cars and started to penetrate to the world's racing championship in various classes of motor sports. For an example, to compete in the 750 cc class of the Grand Touring Championship, so in mid-1956 Abarth commissioned the Carrozzeria Zagato coachbuilder to make the new Fiat 600 bodywork design into a capable racing car.
1956 Fiat Abarth 750 GT Zagato Double Bubble Coupe uses an upgraded the Fiat 600's four-cylinder engine, which previously has a power of 22 bhp to 47 bhp at 6,000 rpm. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2LXEHRn)
As the result, here's the famous racing car featured with Zagato's double-bubble roof design named Fiat Abarth 750 GT Zagato Coupe. By referring to the 747 cc drivetrain tuned by Abarth, then Zagato used lightweight materials into those iconic Fiat 600 new bodywork, and succeeded in making the body was so light (only 535 kg).
1956 Fiat Abarth 750 GT Zagato Coupe has several distinctive features such twin vertical bumpers on the front, double-bubble roof top and double intake in the engine back cover all styled by Zagato. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3nUHCrq)
While in the engine sector, Abarth upgraded the Fiat 600's four-cylinder engine, which previously has a power of 22 bhp to 47 bhp at 6,000 rpm. The top speed achieved by the Fiat Abarth 750 Zagato Coupe was 118 mph or 189 kph.
1956 Fiat Abarth 750 GT Zagato Coupe (livery #52) drove by Alfonso Thiele has managed to touch the 1957 Mille Miglia finish line in the 2nd place for the 750 cc class. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/3bP82bt)
The Fiat Abarth 750 Zagato Coupe was then introduced to the public at the 1956 Geneva Motor Show, and entered the production line in early 1957. The production version included several updates such as twin vertical bumpers on the front, double-bubble roof top and double intake in the engine back cover styled by Zagato
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1956 Fiat Abarth 750 GT Zagato Coupe (livery #52) drove by Alfonso Thiele has managed to stand the 2nd place on the 1957 Mille Miglia racing podium for the 750 cc class. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/3bP82bt)
The five production versions of the Fiat Abarth 750 Zagato cars were later deployed at the 1957 Mille Miglia rally, where one of them driven by Alfonso Thiele has managed to touch the finish line in the 2nd place for the 750 cc class.
1958 Fiat Abarth 750 Record Monza Zagato intended to pay tribute for the success in the 750cc class of the 1957 Mille Miglia and breaking of 15 new records in the same year. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3nUHCrq)
In July 1957, Abarth committed to breaking racing records with a slimmer body car designed by Pininfarina with a tube frame chassis and along with a 747 cc engine, this car raced on the Monza circuit for four days, and broke 15 new records including an average speed of 165.376 kph for the 72 hours full on the racing track. 
At the 1958 Paris Motor Show, Abarth launched a new version of the car and named Fiat Abarth 750 Record Monza Zagato (with double bubble or none). It was done in honor of the racing success when won the 1957 Mille Miglia in the 750cc class and breaking of 15 new records in the same year.

With only about 600 units ever built, the Fiat Abarth 750 Zagato Coupe was one of the most successful racing cars of the '50s and' 60s, and is widely known for its iconic double-bubble roof feature. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | SUPERCARS.NET | OLDCONCEPTCARS | FIAT500OWNERS | ]
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