- Chassis 01238
- One of c. 90 Coupé produced
- Desirable 4 speeds gearbox with overdrive
- Very good presentation throughout
- French registration
The ASA 1000 GT
Autocostruzioni Societa per Azioni (ASA) was founded in Turin in 1962 by the de Nora family, wealthy industrialists. Based on a proposed ‘baby’ Ferrari designed by Giotto Bizzarrini, the ASA GT – or ‘Ferrarina’ as it came to be known – was powered by an all-aluminium single-overhead-camshaft four-cylinder engine displacing 1,032cc. The latter was based on Ferrari’s Colombo-designed V12 and developed by Carlo Chiti, senior engineer at Maranello at the time.
Styled by Giorgetto Giugiaro and built initially by Carrozzeria Bertone, the coupé body was mounted on a tubular steel chassis, while the advanced specification included servo-assisted four-wheel disc brakes and a four-speed all-synchromesh gearbox with overdrive. Top speed was in the region of 180km/h. A Spider version appeared the following year. Unfortunately, like many small producers of expensive, hand crafted vehicles, ASA struggled and in 1967 production ceased after an estimated 90-or-so Coupés and a smaller number of Spiders (one source states 14-20) had been built.
Chassis 01238. Engine 173/223. This example was first registered on September 1964 and delivered new to Jules Robert in Belgium. Its original colour was red, however the car still retains its untouched original blue interior. 01238 went through three additional Belgian owners before being offered in the late 70s by Belgian dealer Rudy Pas. The car subsequently went through a light restoration and was advertised in ‘Cavallino Magazine’ in 1978.
It was then purchased by enthusiast P. Arnouts and was later on exhibited at Raamsdonkveer in the Dutch National Museum, later known as the famous Louwman Museum. On December 1998, 01238 was sold at auction to a French enthusiast before being acquired by another collector in 2001. By 2006 the car was acquired by enthusiast Francis de Prins who will keep 01238 another 5 years. Its second last owner purchased the car in 2011.
It had been sparingly used since the Dutch specialist Van Giersbergen had rebuilt the engine five years earlier, and its bodywork needed redoing. The car was given a major service and restoration work was carried out between 2012 and 2015 for recommissioning. The coachwork was worked on in several areas and the sills were replaced. The car was at this stage repainted in stunning Venezian blue, a period correct Ferrari / ASA colour. The restoration took 18 months and costed a mere EUR 23,000. Later on the car was maintained by RPM garage in the Paris area. Equipped with highly desirable Jaeger instruments and its original Nardi steering wheel, this lovely original ASA 1000 GT represents a rare opportunity to acquire one of circa 90 Coupé produced and is accompanied by a comprehensive dossier.