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Some of the most successful small racing cars in the 1950s went through the hands of engine tuner Carlo Abarth or Elio Zagato, who specialized in lightweight bodies. In 1956 the two teamed to create one of the finest competition cars of the decade, the Fiat Abarth 750 Zagato Coupe. Abarth fitted a Fiat 600 with a different crankshaft and bored the block, increasing the displacement to 747 cc. With improved breathing and an increased compression ratio, it produced a much more impressive 47 bhp. The 750 Zagato Coupes shape was typical of Zagato’s designs and resulted in impressive drag figures. The shape was fine-tuned and gained the trademark ‘double-bubble’ roof design. The combination of the Abarth engine and the Zagato coachwork turned the Fiat 600 into a top contender for the under 750 cc class.
- Produced from 1956-1960 in Italy
- Based on Fiat 600
- Nicknamed “double bubble” for uniquely curved rooftop
- Collaboration between Carlo Abarth and Elio Zagato
- 0-60 mph 17.3 seconds; 600 produced; Top speed: 96 mph; Price new: $3,460