1958 Abarth 750 Spyder
And now for something completely different! It’s not often that I find a car that I haven’t seen somewhere before in my long life as a car enthusiast but something that I’ve been asked to sell recently really piqued my curiosity.
It’s a 1958 Abarth 750 Spyder with an aluminum body designed and built by Allemano. Apparently, Abarth’s little “double Bubble” Zagato-bodied 750 coupe wasn’t selling as well as Carlo Abarth wanted, and he needed something that would sell in reasonable numbers, primarily to finance his racing endeavors. So he had the idea of chopping the top off his charming little “double bubble” coupe and came up with a Fiat 750 cc based roadster, or “Spyder”, as the Italians call them. Unfortunately, the aesthetic result wasn’t liked by the people who bought open cars in Italy and America and so Abarth went to Allemano, who designed and built this pleasingly proportioned design, which apparently sold well enough to please Abarth.
Obviously, there are not many left now but this one belonged to the present owner’s father and is all-complete, with the hard to find badges on the bodywork too. It’s a complete “barn find” and has been in storage for many years. Needs a complete restoration, of course.