Abarth 205 numbers 101 and 103
Thanks to some ongoing research being done by Corrado Bellabarba (apparently with some information supplied by Dr. Sergio Lugo) there is now some good material coming to light on the Italian paper-trail ownership history of these two cars. Both seemed to have moved around a fair bit in short periods of time.
It would not be correct for me to share all at this point but here is a teaser:
Chassis 101 went to Rome, then to near Como, back to Rome and on to Lucca before it was registered as sold 13 November 1953 to the already well-described owner in California, Herbert Hadley Johnson, who is named in the final document along with address and all. At one point (early in the paper trail) the builder & model of the car was recorded as "Fiat 1100" ... but this was changed in later documents.
Chassis 103 went to Brescia in 1950, then to Rome, to Florence, to Arezzo briefly and back to Florence. The final record is impossible to read in the copy that was supplied but it does imply where we might look for more. Research from this point may become a bit difficult and/or costly? A kind of "shotgun" research could be done by researching blocks of license plates issued during a certain time period until the "hit" is made. Anybody want to finance this kind of research?