Abarth & C. S.p.A. or popularly known as Abarth, is a road car and racing car maker established in Bologna, Italy in 1949 by Italian automobile designer Carlo Abarth.
It is better recognized by its logo that is a shield embossed with a scorpion in front of a yellow and red background. This car company is a division of FCA Italy S.p.A., which is also a division of a bigger company, the Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles.
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When Cisitalia, an Italian factory racing team fell down financially in 1948, sporting director Carlo Abarth took over and restarted the whole company. He decided to give it a fresh start by changing its name into Abarth & C. The logo with the scorpion embellishment is actually Carlo Abarth’s astrological sign.
The remaining cars of Cisitalia were then revamped and built into Abarth cars. They also added new members to the racing team including Franco Cortese, Piero Taruffi, and Tazio Nuvolari. To add up to the finances of the company, Abarth also included the production and marketing of accessories and parts to their activities. Their clients include Lancia Automobiles, Fiat, Cisitalia and Simca.
Abarth moved their headquarters to Turin in 1951 and began with their tie-up with Fiat, a largest automobile manufacturer in Italy a year after. More success have led the company to produce cars for sports car racing and hill climbing. Their competitors include the Porsche 904 and Ferrari Dino.
Strengthening its partnership with Fiat, Abarth started producing high-performance exhaust pipes for them, specifically for the Lambretta models which are now sold as collector’s’ items. Abarth then also supported Porsche Automobil Holding SE, a German car manufacturing company and Simca in building their racing and sports cars.
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It was 1971 when Carlo finally decided to sell his company to Fiat. Since Fiat was not into joining racing events, they assigned Enzo Osella to take over this activity of Abarth. This then ended the racing career of Abarth and started the Osella racing team instead.
Full List of Abarth Car Models
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Abarth 124 Spider is another version of the Fiat 124 Spider, a roadster designed and manufactured by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in 2015 for the LA Auto Show. The Abarth version is powered by a 1.4HP MultiAir engine with top speeds of up to 232 kph.
For new manufacturers, a great way to make your mark in the industry would mean releasing an awesome car. And this is what Abarth & C. S.p.A did last 2007, by launching the outstanding Abarth Grande Punto.
In production until 2010, this ride came with a cool Essence kit, which was conveniently installed at any Abarth service center. For its small built, this ride was both stylish and powerful – owners definitely felt the force with an output of 180 hp! As a side note, the upgraded version was called the Abarth Grande Punto Esseesse.
Aside from amazing Abarth Grande Punto specs, this car’s interior was beautiful as well. With a leather-trimmed dashboard and faux suede seats, both comfort and a high level of class was achieved in this nice ride. We sure miss this!
Other Abarth Car Models
- Autobianchi A112 Abarth 70HP
- Abarth Allemano 750 Spider
- Abarth Grande Punto SS (2007)
- Abarth Monomille
- Abarth OT 1000
- Abarth OT 1300
- Abarth OT 1600
- Abarth OT 2000 Competition Coupe
- Abarth Punto Supersport (2012–2013)
- Abarth Simca 1300 GT
- Abarth Simca 2000(1963)
- Abarth Zagato 750
- Abarth 1000
- Abarth 1000 Berlina(1961-1967)
- Abarth 1000 Berlina Corsa(1961-1964)
- Abarth 1000 Bialbero Zagato
- Abarth 1000TC Berlina Corsa(1964-1969)
- Abarth 1000 TCR Berlina
- Abarth 1000 TCR Berlina Corsa(1970)
- Abarth 1100 Scorpione Spider (Boano)
- Abarth 1300 Scorpione(1969)
- Abarth 1500 Biposto(1952)
- Abarth 2000 Coupe
- Abarth 2200
- Abarth 2400
- Abarth 3000 Prototipo
- Abarth 204A Berlinetta
- Abarth 205 Monza(950-1951)
- Abarth 205A
- Abarth 205A Berlinetta
- Abarth 207A Spyder
- Abarth 209A Boano Coupe
- Abarth 500
- Abarth 595 SS
- Abarth 695 SS
- Abarth 750 Berlina (Derivazione)(1956-1959)
- Abarth 750 GT Zagato
- Abarth 750 Zagato Monza
- Abarth 850 Allemano coupe
- Abarth 850TC Berlina(1960-1964)
- Abarth 850TC Corsa(1964-1968)
- Abarth 850TC Nürburgring(1961-1963)
- Abarth 850TC Nürburgring Corsa(1961-1963)
Videos of Abarth Car Models
Photos of Abarth’s Different Types of Cars
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