In the 1940s, Italian coachbuilder Ugo Zagato became infatuated with cars that featured a ‘Panoramica’ type design that utilized tall, spacious greenhouses. Famous examples of these cars included the Ferrari 166 Mille Miglia (the first-ever Ferrari coupe) and the Fiat 1400 Panoramica, but Petrolicious recently featured a less-known Zagato Panoramica model on their YouTube channel: the 1949 Fiat Topolino Zagato 750MM.
The reason for the Topolino Zagato 750MM’s lack of fame is its rarity. Just eight examples of the little racecar were ever built, and this car, owned by noted collector Scott Gauthier, is the last surviving example. It was painstakingly restored by Gauthier after he took delivery of the car in literal pieces and it has since won several classic car awards.
Listen to the raspy, unmistakably Italian exhaust note of the Fiat Topolino Zagato and the interesting story of its past in the video above.