For many years, the collection's Abarth Zagato was owned by enthusiast of all things Italian, noted journalist and founder of the popular website Veloce Today, Peter Vack.
Its history was recorded by him in recent times in an article on that website by going to the following link www.velocetoday.com/archives/3543 . In this he charts his acquisition of the car in 1984, from Abarth collector Mike Blumberg who in turn had purchased it from Warren Clarke of Atlanta, GA, both believe the car to have been raced prior to this and never road registered.
By the time Vack bought the 750, it had had its bodywork, chassis and engine restored and was in need of completion. He continued the rebuild, and tells an amusing tale of being pulled over by the cops while out one day testing its motor without its mufflers yet fitted! But with a number of other projects on the go Vack also abandoned the project at which point it was purchased by the current owners. At this time its engine was a standard 600d unit, but with the car was a properly machined 600 block with Abarth crank, camshaft, carburetor, Nardi intake manifold, mondial pistons and numerous other spare parts.
Fixated on performance, speed and accuracy of detail, the little 750 had finally found its perfect home, and it wasn't long before the car was back together, now with a fresh repaint in silver, with a correct interior fitted and a correct 'hot' Abarth specification motor installed. In successive ownerships it had been felt that the car was such a good basis, that it had the potential to be restored to the best of its model. This was a dream that was realized in this ownership, and is endorsed by the fact that restorers frequently contact the owners for advice when restoring other cars as a reference. Every detail has been sourced to be correct, including the Borrani 12 inch wheels (an available option for US cars) which retain correct original spinner hubcaps.
Returning to the road in 1995, the Zagato has since been the most publicly campaigned car in this whole group. It completed the Liege-Rome-Liege that same year coming home an impressive 3rd in class and in 1999 was invited by the late Lorin Tryon to be exhibited at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Other concours outings have included being on the field here at Greenwich in 2003, when it received the Concours Europa Harry Newton award.
A delightful jewel harnessing the best and most interesting aesthetic and mechanical design the car is one of the highlights of this collection.
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