I threw up a little in my mouth when I first saw this 1959 Abarth 750 Record Monza. After swallowing, I started to get angry... Really angry. Why would anyone do this? Sure it is small and based on a Fiat, but this thoroughbred doesn't deserve this sort of treatment! I recomposed myself and started to read the auction description. Then things started to make sense. I am still a little upset, but there is a actually a reason for that monstrosity of a spoiler. The asking price is not realistic, but it is worth taking a look for a good laugh.
Turns out that the car was customized in the sixties for a children's television show. Anyone here watch Captain Satellite as a kid? Apparently the Captain (Bob March) would drive the Abarth to his spaceship at the beginning of each show. The car was modified with the scorpion wing and some interesting rims to give it a futuristic look. The show did well enough to run for a decade, but when it went off the air, the car needed to move on too.
According to the seller, the little 750 ended up on a local car dealer's lot. The next owner bought it and drove it occasionally for twenty years. They ended up handing it down to their son, who had the bright idea of restoring it. Like so many expensive projects, they only got as far as stripping everything off. He passed away before getting it put back together so it went to their son who had no interest in finishing the job.
Another twenty years went by and here it sits, missing its engine and in need of some serious attention. There are many parts included with the sale which can be seen on the seller's photo gallery. Unfortunately, someone thinks they are going to cash in big now. These are worth six figures restored, but without its original Abarth tuned engine, we highly doubt they will ever get close to their $100k asking price. Then again, perhaps its past adds some value? What do you think? The next owner will then have a big dilemma. Do you restore it back to its stock form or to its formal TV glory?