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By Mark Hickson:

A Italian made 1956 C4 Abarth 207A by Boano racing car makes an appearance on Main Street U.S.A. - 1958. Dr. Karl Brigandi purchased this Abarth (214c) late in 1956 and he and his daughter Carmela (Martin) raced it at least 20 times from late 1956 into 1958.  Note the Womens' Sports Car Club logo on the very small door. In the photo are (l to r) Tommy Walker, Bobby Kasper, and Dianne Salisbury of Disneyland’s Customer Relations staff.


In 1956, while driving a Abarth 750 with a body by Bertone, Carlo Abarth a.k.a. "the Scorpion" set a series of duration and speed records: on June 18, on the Monza track, he broke the 24-hour record, covering 3743km at an average speed of 155km/h. Then, from June 27 to 29, on the same track, he broke numerous other records: the 5,000 and 10,000km, the 5,000 miles and also the records for 48 hours and 72 hours. It cost $4,500 to build or $29,701 in 2012 dollars.

Below are several recent photos of a restored Abarth 207A. It looks like it should have been photographed in Tomorrowland, not Main Street!


Top photo courtesy of Orange County Archives. This story was originally published 9-23-12.

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