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My Favorite Shirt
I have been on the search for a double bubble since January 29, 2012. That was the day I was first introduced to the Fiat Abarth Zagato via Bring a Trailer. The add was titled: Very Green 1959 FIAT Abarth 750 Zagato. Prior to that day I had never heard of the car and obviously I had never seen one.
I am unsure what sparked such interest in this car which was previously unknown to me. I have always been a Ferrari-nut so I suspect that the Italian heritage and race bred history of the double bubble may just have been what did it. Since that time, I have been on a search, mostly in southern California, for a car of my own.
Like many others out there, I spent many hours researching and looking for the “perfect” car. Some people are looking for a 100pt concours car while others are looking for a project. I was searching for an example that was an older restoration with solid mechanics…one that I could enjoy driving and not freak out over a stone chip or two. In the fall of 2017, one that fit my eye came up for sale, but I just missed the opportunity to pick it up.
Soon after that missed opportunity, I started to peruse the internet and came across a vintage Fiat Abarth T-shirt on Etsy. (A little aside….most of my wardrobe consists of vintage car T-shirts, especially Ferrari. I also have coordinating Puma Ferrari footwear, which of course should clearly convince anyone that my T-shirt addiction makes perfect sense. My wife, on the other hand, insists that I have exhausted the need for another shirt so you could imagine her dismay when I asked to use her Etsy account to buy yet another shirt.)
As I looked online, the shirt was AMAZING! Only one was available and miraculously it was my size. She kindly ordered it for me and after 3-4 days of transport, from some place unknown, it arrived. It arrived as described: used, slightly worn, faded, vintage…just as i had hoped for.
Now a new problem…what if I got a stain on this shirt? So, I spent months searching for another one….and wouldn't you know….about 2 months later I found a black one on Ebay. It was in South America (Argentina if I remember correctly). So….once again I am forced to ask my wife to buy this shirt for me since I have no experience buying on Ebay. She politely obliged and purchased the shirt. Unfortunately, it did not arrive and after an email inquiry on a shipping date the payment was returned by the seller without explanation.
As you can imagine I was devastated, well at least as devastated any 40 year old adult should be over a T-shirt. (40 year old devastated = slightly disappointed) At time of writing this 10 months have passed since I found my favorite shirt and I have yet to find another one.
On the other hand, I did find the “perfect” car for me…chassis# 504396. It is now with my favorite shirt. I continue to look for a second shirt about once a month and though my search has revealed many other interesting Abarth items….no second shirt. Maybe, just maybe, one day I will find another.