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My First Car: 1960 Fiat Abarth-Zagato, Don Haines, 65, Clearwater

'60 Fiat Abarth-Zagato

My first new car was a 1960 Italian Abarth-Zagato. The car weighed just under 1,200 pounds and had a 750cc engine. Despite having only 43 horsepower, it had a top speed of almost 100 mph. The Zagato body was aluminum and hand built. At the time it sold for 3 million lire, which was all of $3,200 U.S. I was 17 and it was this car that I drove to win my first trophies running autocrosses in central Maryland. This was the beginning of my racing career. I went on to win the B Production Championship racing Corvettes in SCCA at Marlboro Motor Raceway in Maryland, and later in the IMSA Camel GT series.

My First Car: 1960 Fiat Abarth-Zagato, Don Haines, 65, Clearwater 10/30/09 [Last modified: Friday, October 30, 2009 4:30am]
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