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Made To Drive | S04 E23

The Fiat-Abarth Zagato Is A Mille Miglia Marvel

As an enthusiast who has run the modern Mille Miglia five times, Carl Gustav Magnusson didn’t have to think long about which car he wanted when he began planning his sixth run...
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vincebodie
vincebodie
5 years ago

When I was very young back in the late ’60s, my uncle had this exact car in this exact color (was there any other color available?). He loaned it to a friend who took it into the local mountains during wintertime and promptly stuffed it into a snow bank, mangling the one piece fiberglas front end.

I remember with vivid detail how he found another Zagato in town (yes, there were at least two in San Diego at the time) and convinced the owner to let him make a mold of the car’s front end so that he could produce a new one, which he did much to my amazement, right in the grandparents’ driveway!

This more than anything else led me to become a lifetime tinkerer with all things mechanical. When he bequeathed me his large collection of finished and unfinished 1/24 scale model kits, the deal was sealed, and I went on to become one of the world’s foremost authorities on the restoration of another famous Italian marque… the venerable Lambretta motor scooter.

Thanks for the great writeup and video, what a blast from the past!

Mike Bolton
Mike Bolton
7 years ago

“It’s filled full of errors, but you can’t identify them because actually errors, are maybe, a part of that whole spirit.”

Beautiful.

Meliambro001
Meliambro001
3 years ago
Reply to  Mike Bolton

Unbelievable. The owner here is willing to admit to its flaws, yet at the same time will not admit how wrong he was in his choice; proof that there is no cure for stupidity.

John Wiley
John Wiley
7 years ago

Great to see this car driving in the canyons. I enjoyed seeing it in person; so many neat details.

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Jason Dubreuil
Jason Dubreuil
7 years ago

Wonderful little car. The exhaust note was very cool.

Vincent P
Vincent P
7 years ago

Im thinking its high time I get one of those driving suits.

Sebastian Motsch
Sebastian Motsch
7 years ago

Here you go 🙂

Sebastian Motsch
Sebastian Motsch
7 years ago

Somewhat cute – somewhat brute. This little car has many flavours wrapped in one tiny package.
But to make it less cute and more brute… how about installing a twin turbo flat six engine?

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dennis white
dennis white
7 years ago

Warning, this is a stealth car. Cute as a bug, but a nasty little thing when it flew past us on the recent rally!

Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange
7 years ago

Great video as always and a cool car, love the rolling down the street so as not to wake the neighbours. Do you know what brand of driving shoes Mr Magnusson was wearing?

Aaron McKenzie
Aaron McKenzie
7 years ago
Reply to  Matthew Lange

According to Carl, the shoes are made by Chapal, a French outfit that’s been making them since the 1950s.

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson
7 years ago

Brilliant, what a great noise!!

Lawrence Peabody
Lawrence Peabody
7 years ago

Very beautiful car!
Just a minor issue, but I have been noticing alot of out-of-focus shots in your videos lately.
I am assuming you guys are shooting with DSLRs. Maybe its time to invest in a dedicated video camera or good external monitor.

Rene Borggreve
Rene Borggreve
7 years ago

What a splendid little jewel of a car. It’s nice to know that such a car is still being used and not stored in a private museum.