History of the Abarth brand
Even at the age of 11 Carlo Abarth was already a legend in the making; covering the wooden wheels of his scooter with a leather belt so that he could go faster and win against the older children in his neighbourhood.
Performance, speed and motoring was ingrained in Carlo's DNA, unable to resist the temptations of a challange, whether on two of four wheels.
In the saddle of a motorbike and side-car, Carlo Abarth challenged and beat the Orient Express train, travelling over 850 miles from Vienna to Ostend.
After a career racing motorcycles and cars, Carlo Abarth founded Abarth & C with Guido Scagliarini in 1949. The first vehicle produced was the 204 A Roadster, based on the FIAT 1100. It immediately won the 1100 Sport Championship as well as Formula 2. Alongside racing, the company started to produce tuning kits that improved performance, power and speed of standard vehicles.
In just a few years, Abarth & C. had 375 employees and production of around 300,000 exhaust systems a year.
Called to replace a driver who was taken ill, Carlo Abarth achieved the fastest time in the first practice session. The other drivers accused him of having tampered with the vehicle and to prove otherwise, he changed vehicle. In the second practice, he achieved pole position yet again with an even faster time.
THE ABARTH PHILOSOPHY
Abarth vehicles were renowned for being high-performing and powerful, but first and foremost small and agile just like the Scorpion.
His performance modified cars achieved success in every competition and with Carlo Abarth at the wheel, took many records.
In the 1950s and throughout the 1960s, the Abarth brand continuously and incessantly made a name for itself in the public mind as the synonym for sport, tuning and performance, changing the sports car world.
At the age of 57, Carlo Abarth achieves an acceleration record at the wheel of his Class G Fiat Abarth “1000 monoposto record” and the next day achieves the same record in a Class E single-seater. He lost 30 kg by following a diet of apples so he could climb into the cockpit.
La marca Abarth sigue conservando el ADN que la caracteriza, y es aún hoy sinónimo de rendimiento, gran placer de conducción y sello deportivo.
The Abarth brand still maintains its unique DNA, and is a synonym of performance, great driving pleasure and sporty appeal.
The story of the Scorpio continues, facing new challenges, creating unique vehicles and giving great emotion to whoever has the honour of driving these vehicles.
This exclusive coupé, designed by Giovanni Michelotti, was presented at the 1953 Turin Motor Show under the name Abarth 1100 Sport Ghia Coupe.
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An authentic and adrenalin-laden ride. Abarth 124 Rally Tribute is a limited edition roadster.
There are only 124 copies that were inspired by the … Read more “
The All New Abarth 124 spider sets a new benchmark. A curb weight of only 1,060 kg, with a weight-power ratio of just … Read more “
In 1972, the Officine Abarth created the first Abarth 124. It has now given birth to the 124 Spider Abarth Turismo, an authentic … Read more “
5 - Abarth 124GT
The Abarth 124GT is ready for the road, featuring the new carbon fibre hard top. A car with dual personalities, just as capable … Read more “
This Abarth was designed by Pininfarina and exhibited at the Brussels Motor Show.
The car project was designed by Filippo Sapino. The concept began … Read more “
The Abarth 2000 Sport SE is one of the last remaining prototype sports cars from the illustrious Maranello Rosso Collection museum in San … Read more “
Direct descendant of the historical Cisitalia, on which it was originally based, the Abarth 205 Vignale Berlinetta is considered by … Read more “
The Abarth 209A Boano Coupe is a car model produced by the Italian company Abarth. Only one copy of the car has been … Read more “
10 - Abarth 500 R3T
Abarth presented his latest racing jewel at the 51st Sanremo Rally. The Abarth 500 R3T lent its name to a promotional rally trophy … Read more “
11 - ABARTH 500C
Style: a sports convertible
The brand new Abarth 500C is the result of developments in both style and performance. This is not the first … Read more “
12 - Abarth 500C esseesse
Reinforced by the success of the then recent conversion kits (one Abarth 500 out of three was converted with the official kit), Abarth … Read more “
This commemorative Abarth will be manufactured in only 299 exclusive units.
While it may only look like the original 1963 595, with insect … Read more “
Abarth 595 is where it all begins, the starting point for those who want to enter into the world of Abarth. 1.4 Turbo … Read more “
The Abarth 595 Competizione pushes performance to the limit. 180 HP of pure adrenaline with Garrett turbo, Abarth front and rear shock absorbers … Read more “
16 - Abarth 595 Esseesse
With the unmistakable sound of the exhaust Akrapovič, with its carbon filter silencers and inimitable sound, available for the first time in a … Read more “
17 - Abarth 595 Pista
The versatility of the 1.4 Turbo T-Jet, 4-cylinder engine allows your 595 Trofeo to achieve a maximum power of 160 HP and maximum … Read more “
18 - Abarth 595 Trofeo
The Abarth 595 Trofeo is another variation on the Abarth 500
250 for UK market only.
The versatility of the 1.4 … Read more “
Style: Granturismo 17’’ alloy wheels and black brake calipers, dual chromed steel exhaust tailpipes and satin chrome mirror covers. Performance: 1.4 Turbo T-Jet … Read more “
The Abarth 595 Yamaha Factory Racing Edition reflects the partnership between the two manufacturers. It features the upgraded 1.4 liter turbocharged engine with … Read more “
21 - Abarth 695 Biposto
‘695 biposto’: the most Abarth of all Abarths
The Abarth 695 biposto is not a Limited Edition, but it is certainly a car for … Read more “
Great success for the Abarth brand, which achieved an authentic leading role in the world of supercars by taking part in the sixteenth … Read more “
A limited edition of only 49 cars with a special color “Record Grey” celebrated the creation of the Abarth brand that took place … Read more “
Abarth’s ‘fuoriserie’ concept represented the ultimate level of personalisation combined with the exclusivity of a car built and dedicated to each customer, satisfying … Read more “
– The Abarth 695 Maserati Edition was exhibited in Brescia’s Piazza della Loggia along with the historic renaissance of “the most beautiful race … Read more “
26 - Abarth 695 Rivale
Abarth 695 Rivale was born from the collaboration between Abarth and Riva. A special series that combines tradition and innovation of two legends … Read more “
The Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari made its world debut in Frankfurt. This high-performance version of the Abarth 500 confirms the link between Abarth … Read more “
The common features of these models are the strongly sporty look with a lowered finish, extended front and rear mudguards, darker and oversized … Read more “
The public was able to admire the extraordinary Abarth Grande Punto S2000 at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show. It … Read more “
30 - Abarth Punto Evo
The EVOlution of competition-inspired technology
The 165 hp Multiair 1.4 turbo petrol engine is the result of a winning partnership between Fiat Powertrain … Read more “
Bolstered by the success of the recent conversion kits (one Abarth 500 in three is converted using the official kit), Abarth has expanded … Read more “
32 - Fiat Abarth 750
The Fiat-Abarth 750 is a series of compact sports cars manufactured by the Italian company Abarth & C. of Turin, Italy, in the … Read more “