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#7290 Abarth 207A Spider Corsa Boano (1955) Louwman Museum

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Abarth 207A Spider Corsa Boano (1955) at the Louwman Museum in The Hague (Holland)

With its low profile, prominent exhaust pipes and futuristic coachwork, this Abarth Spider Corsa Boano caused quite a stir at the 1955 New York Motor Show. The chassis and engine of the Fiat 1100 were used by many specialized Italian manufacturers as the basis for their models in the 1950s. This was also the case with the Austrian-born Italian Carlo Abarth, who worked in Italy, together with the coachbuilder and designer Maria Boano, and received an order from America to deliver a series of twelve cars. The vast majority of these (ten) were intended for competition use. The others were normal street cars, an open two-seater and a coupe. The model shown here is one of the racing models, the Spider Corsa Boano. This car also stood its ground on the circuits. Numerous successes were achieved in America, both in local races and major events such as the 12 Hours of Sebring. The car came out in the class up to 1300cc. The 1270cc engine has a power of 85-HP, which gave very good performance, as the car weighs only 580 kg (about 1279 lb).

The Louwman Museum in The Hague, the Netherlands, features one of the most impressive private car collections in the world. Several hundred cars are on show to teach you all about car history. The Louwman Museum offers a wide collection that includes everything from antique and classic cars to Formula 1 racing cars and hybrids. Since 1934, two generations of the Louwman family have assembled a unique collection of cars. The present Louwman Museum was designed to display the collection to the public. It was festively opened in 2010. The collection leads you from horse and wagon to the first self-propelled vehicles. It also takes you past the luxury cars from the end of the 19th century, post-war "affordable cars" and the first racing cars. Some of the Louwman Museum's highlights include unique specimens such as the boat-car, the beach-car and the swan-car as well as famous cars such as James Bond's Aston Martin from the film Goldfinger and the customised Cadillac Fleetwood of Elvis Presley.

Matthijs van Wageningen
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