While there exist more rational purchases than partially disassembled and well-used Italian sports cars, this 1959 Fiat Abarth 750 GT Double Bubble Zagato project reminds us that we don’t care. Find it here on eBay in Calgary, Canada.
Shown sitting outside a warehouse the Double Bubble retains most of the visual charms that makes these cars so well loved. The Zagato aluminum bodywork appears in excellent and complete condition with the rooftop double bubbles, twin engine cover air scoops and all panels in place and in a state of pre-paint preparation. Also reassuring are the many photos that show piles of parts including expensive and difficult to find original gauges, glass and exterior trim, as well as several blocks, cylinder heads, transmissions and numerous small items. A photo of interior panels intriguingly shows an original California black plate.
But while a first glance at the photos is enough to make any rational person start clearing space in the garage, closer inspection indicates a long and expensive road ahead. The yellow paint, for example has likely been sprayed over corrosion on the Fiat’s steel floor pans, many of the internal engine components have long been exposed and corroded in open air, and the gauges appear in need of complete restoration. Expensive fixes, all.
Easily one of the prettiest small cars ever made and now achieving six figure prices for the best-restored examples, the Fiat Abarth 750 GT Double is nevertheless a difficult and expensive car to put right. This is a great car that comes with more of its original components than do most project Abarths, but it will take a careful and thrifty new owner to come out ahead at this price.