Thursday, September 25, 2014

5k: Some Assembly Required: 1957 Moretti 750 Spider

 The Moretti Motor Company was a Turin, Italy based automobile manufacturer that opened its doors in 1925 and survived until 1989 on various small car and truck projects.  In the 1950s Moretti used fiat mechanical bits for their cars, but somehow the idea of a pretty Fiat for a few extra dollars (lira?) sounded good to many buyers around the world.  Today's Moretti is a project, but you'll be the only one on the block with one.  Find this 1957 Moretti 750 Spider in the SF Bay Area from a seller who is entertaining offers.  Tip from Kaibeezy. 

By the mid 50s, Moretti had stopped building all of its own mechanical bits and was using Fiat underpinnings.  Information on the '57 Moretti 750 Spider is sparse, but it is probably using Fiat 600 suspension parts with the larger 767cc inline-4. For a reference point, we found a few Moretti's that have sold recently, including this 1960 basket case that sold for $3,075 in 2011, a 59 Tour de Monde project that was offered for $12,500 in 2008.

With some money and luck it could look like this preserved (or restored) example found via

See another oddball classic for sale?


  1. the front end looks comically too big, like a blobfish! - imagine a light gray one, totally blobfish - is that a lancia scorpion behind it?

  2. I was wondering where the gaping maw look of a lot of current cars came from...

  3. Are you making phfun uff my brayshesh?

  4. Yeah, the grille is absolutely Ford Fusionish.

    This thing is actually kinda interesting.

    I'm sure that even in complete running restored form it's about as fast as a slightly arthritic Dalmatian and that if you decided that it really needs a Hayabusa motor you'll quickly discover that there's Chinese riding mowers down at the local Home Depot with better suspension dynamics. You'll probably be better off making your own parts - hell, making the tooling for your own parts - than browsing eBay nightly for the next six years to find a replacement for that one part that's keeping you off the road.

    But at least while you're sitting there in Autocad designing a replacement for that broken frammis joint, you'll be secure in the knowledge that the car is safe out of the elements and in a comfortable place to work, since it fit so nicely through the french doors on the back of your master bedroom...

    1. ...y'know, after a little more research, this is an outfit with kind of an interesting history.

      It looks like the stuff of this vintage doesn't have much if any Fiat, certainly not in the engine.

      It'd be a fun project, but if you're thinking about the budget side, start by sourcing and costing a windshield...


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