1964 ASA 1000 GT CoupéSOLD

COYS - Legende et Passion - Monaco - 21st May 2007

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Estimate: €40,000-45,000

Sold €51,893

The ASA 1000 GT was evolved from a concept for a small Ferrari in 1959. Eventually the rights for the design were transferred to Auto costruzioni Societa per Azioni, which was organised to produce the small GT. Under the shapely Giugiaro designed Bertone body was a chassis and engine by Giotto Bizzarini. Up front, it was supported by tubular wishbones and coil springs with a live rear axle and semi-elliptical leaf springs following. The jewel of an engine was a dohc four-cylinder unit displacing 1032 cubic centimetres and producing approximately 96 horsepower through a pair of Weber carburettors. This may not sound like much but, but in 1962 when the ASA was announced, the 1798cc MGB only generated 95hp and the base 1290cc Alfa Romeo Giulietta pumped out 91hp.

Compared to cars with similar engine displacement there was little comparison. The lovely crackle-finished twin-cam four was mated to a slick four speed transmission and like the best Italian engines the little twin-cam was born to rev. The interior leaves no doubt that the ASA 1000 GT is a true driver's car. The Nardi steering wheel offers a clear view of the large Jaeger tachometer, speedometer and five auxiliary gauges. With comfortable bucket seats and a roomy, well finished cockpit, it was clear that this was not an inexpensive car. Price proved to be the primary obstacle that faced this supremely competent automobile. In 1964, the price was approaching $6000 in the States. Not only was this tremendously expensive for a one-litre car in 1964, it was several hundred dollars more than a new Jaguar E-Type and about the same price as the brutally fast A.C. Cobra. By 1967, the venture was terminated with fewer than 100 cars having been built. Eleven of these were officially produced in Spider form according to factory records of which a mere 4 survive today. The exceptional example we are proud to offer today is one of fixed head versions and looks great from most angles. The restoration has been carried out well with silver coachwork contrasting beautifully with the blue internal trim and carpet work. The twin choke Weber carbs help contribute to the soundtrack that make this one of the most pretty and desirable fixedhead coupes on the market today.

Reference Number 9240

as of 5/7/2007

Car 1964 ASA 1000 GT Coupé
VIN 01050