1959 Fiat-Abarth 750 GT

"Double Bubble" Coupe
RM Sotheby's Amelia Island 2021
Saturday, 22 May 2021
Sale Price
$100,000 - $125,000
Est. Range
22 May 2021
Sold Date
Lot Number
Competition restoration
RM Sotheby's
Auction House
Chassis no. 100654000; Engine no. 100GBS0402555127. White with blue stripe over blue vinyl. 981/75hp pushrod 4-cylinder, 4-speed, silver wheels, hubcaps, Pirelli Roadhandler tires, dash-mounted stopwatch, Ansa exhaust.

Evaluation: Cracked and chipped old repaint while assembled. Good, stretched upholstery. Dull gauges. Orderly engine compartment. Old undercoat in the wheel wells. An exciting but unimpressively presented Abarth.

Bottom Line: This Fiat-Abarth-Zagato has covered about 800 miles since it was sold by Gooding at Scottsdale in 2008 for $88,000 and they must have been enjoyable, especially if they involved some track time. This isn’t a top of the value curve Bialbero (dohc) engine but it is plenty powerful and recalls the Roosevelt Motors team of similar Double Bubbles that dominated small displacement SCCA racing in the 1960s. This is a fair result for the underlying car, but generous for the mediocre condition.

by Rick Carey
7 June 2021
A story about

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

More on this topic

Hagerty Insider Newsletter

Your weekly dose of auction reports, market analysis, and more.

Thank You!
Your request will be handled as soon as possible
Hagerty Insider Newsletter
Your weekly dose of auction reports, market analysis, and more.
Condition definitions
Condition #1: Concours
Condition #1 vehicles are the best in the world. The visual image is of the best vehicle, in the right colors, driving onto the lawn at the finest concours. Perfectly clean, the vehicle has been groomed down to the tire treads. Painted and chromed surfaces are mirror-like. Dust and dirt are banned, and materials used are correct and superbly fitted. The one word description for #1 vehicles is “concours.“
Condition #2: Excellent
#2 vehicles could win a local or regional show. They can be former #1 vehicles that have been driven or have aged. Seasoned observers will have to look closely for flaws, but will be able to find some not seen by the general public. The paint, chrome, glass and finishes will all appear as excellent. No excessive smoke will be seen on startup, no unusual noises will emanate from the engine. The vehicle will drive as a new vehicle of its era would. The one word description for #2 vehicles is “excellent.“
Condition #3: Good
#3 vehicles could possess some, but not all of the issues of a #4 vehicle, but they will be balanced by other factors such as a fresh paint job or a new, correct interior where applicable. #3 vehicles drive and run well, but might have some incorrect parts. These vehicles are not used for daily transportation but are ready for a long tour without excuses, and the casual passerby will not find any visual flaws. “Good” is the one word description of a #3 vehicle.
Condition #4: Fair
#4 vehicles are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped. Paintwork is imperfect, and perhaps the body has a minor dent. Split seams or a cracked dash, where applicable, might be present. No major parts are missing, but the wheels could differ from the originals, or other non- stock additions might be present. A #4 vehicle can also be a deteriorated restoration. “Fair” is the one word that describes a #4 vehicle.
Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
Hagerty only assigns condition ratings to vehicles we can inspect in person or, for online listings, via high-quality photography.