One third of Ferrari: 1965 Asa 1000 GT Coupé

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The Asa 1000 is known by Italian cars nuts as “The Little Ferrari” and the reason is simple: the engine is basically one half of a 3000 cc. V12 Ferrari engine less a couple of cylinders.

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Indeed Ferrari, one of the best marketing men ever existed, accepted to provide ASA with this unit but he didn’t want any “Ferrari” signature on it. Said so, this is a four cylinder unit with a 1000 cc. displacement which produced 100 h.p., a remarkable achievement even nowadays.

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My father used to drive the same car 50 years ago as a (wealthy) friend of him had one: he remebers with joy those moments even if he tells that the engine was basically dead under 4000 rpm. This was, back them, a toy for rich boys as it costed the 50% more than a Giulia Sprint GT Veloce (which was not chep by itself). Even now this car is not cheap, at least for a 1000 cc. car: this one seems beautifully preserved: of course it has been repainted but interiors look very original: there is also a roll-bar probably because it was used around a track for few times. Find it for sale at €110,000 (today $123,000) here in Cremona, Italy.

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