ABARTH Bologna, Turin Italy Special Cars 1949 – Ongoing


Abarth & C. Spa
Società per Azioni
Industry Automotive
Founded Bologna, Italy (March 31, 1949)
Founder Carlo Abarth
Headquarters Turin, Italy
Key people
Parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, NV


Abarth 595, derived from Fiat 500Abarth 595, derived from Fiat 500

Abarth is a racing car and road car maker founded by Carlo Abarth of Turin in 1949. Its logo is a shield with a stylized scorpion on a red and yellow background.


Carlo Abarth founded the Abarth & C. company with Armando Scagliarini (father of Cisitalia racing driver Guido Scagliarini) in Bologna on 31 March 1949, using his astrological sign, Scorpio, as the company logo. The company made high-performance exhaust pipes and raced Cisitalia cars. On April 10, 1950 Tazio Nuvolari made his last appearance in racing with an Abarth’s Cisitalia.

On April 9, 1951 the company’s headquarters were moved to Turin; Abarth began his well-known association with Fiat in 1952, when it built the Abarth 1500 Biposto on Fiat mechanicals.

In the 1960s, Abarth was successful in hillclimbing and sports car racing, mainly in classes from 850cc to 2000cc, competing with Porsche 904 and Ferrari Dino. Hans Herrmann was a factory driver from 1962 until 1965, winning the 500 km Nürburgring in 1963 with Teddy Pilette.

Abarth promised Johann Abt that he could race a factory car for free if he won all the races he entered. Abt almost succeeded: Of the 30 races he entered, Abt won 29 and finished second once. Abt later founded Abt Sportsline.

Abarth produced high-performance exhaust pipes, diversifying into tuning kits for road vehicles, mainly for Fiat. A racing exhaust was produced for the 1950s Lambretta models “D” and “LD”. Original Abarth LD exhausts are now valuable collectors items. Reproductions are available which carry the Abarth name, how Fiat feels about this is not known. Lambretta even held several 125cc Motorcycle land speed records during the 1950s thanks partly to the exhaust that Abarth developed for them.

Abarth also helped build sports or racing cars with Porsche and Simca.

Fiat bought Abarth on July 31, 1971; Enzo Osella bought the racing team. Under Fiat ownership, Abarth became the Fiat Group’s racing department, managed by engine designer Aurelio Lampredi.

Abarth prepared Fiat’s rally cars, including the Fiat 124 Abarth Rally and 131 Abarth, then was merged with the Squadra Corse Lancia developing the Lancia 037 rally car.

On 1 October 1981, Abarth & C. ceased to exist and was replaced by Fiat Auto Gestione Sportiva, a division of the parent company specialized in the management of racing programmes that would remain in operation through to the end of 1999, when it changed to Fiat Auto Corse S.p.A.

Some commercial models built by Fiat or its subsidiaries Lancia and Autobianchi were co-branded Abarth, including the Autobianchi A112 Abarth, a popular “boy racer” because it was light weight and inexpensive.

In the 1980s Abarth name was mainly used to mark performance cars, such as the Fiat Ritmo Abarth 125/130 TC.

In 2000s, Fiat used the Abarth brand to designate a trim/model level, as in the Fiat Stilo Abarth.

In 2007, Fiat Automobiles SpA relaunched the brand with the Grande Punto Abarth and the Grande Punto Abarth S2000. The brand is separate from the main Fiat brand. It is based in the Officine 83, part of the old Mirafiori engineering plant. The CEO is Harald Wester.

Abarth cars

Current models

Abarth Punto Evo 165hp

Abarth Punto Evo, Supermini, 3-door hatchback

Abarth 500

Abarth 500, City car, 3-door hatchback

2011 Abarth 500C at Motor Show 2011 in Poznań

Abarth 500C, City car,  CabrioletFiat Abarth 750

Fiat Abarth 750

1955_Abarth_209A_Coupe_Boano_photo3Abarth 209A Boano Coupe

Abarth race cars Château-Savigny-lès-Beaune_06Abarth race cars

Fiat Abarth 1000 Fiat Abarth 1000 (2)Fiat Abarth 1000

1961 Abarth Monomille, rebodied Fiat 600 chassis1961 Abarth Monomille, rebodied Fiat 600 chassis

Cars produced by Abarth

1978 Fiat 131 Abarth driven by Markku Alén at the 1978 1000 Lakes RallyFiat 131 Abarth driven by Markku Alén at the 1978 1000 Lakes Rally

Cars not produced by Abarth but with Abarth badges

Cars produced under Abarth & C. S.p.A. (2007–)

Cars produced by other manufacturers with involvement from Abarth

  • Lancia Delta S4 for Group B – Helped to engineer the engine which utilised a supercharger and turbocharger.

Cars produced under Fiat Corse – N Technology named Abarth

1948 Cisitalia Abarth 204 A Spyder Sport 1950 1000 Miglia - Freccia Rossa 2012 Sports ABARTH 204A 1950 1950 Abarth 205 Monza Vignale 1950-51 Abarth 205 Berlinetta 1951 Abarth 205 A grey 1951 Abarth 205 Vignale Berlinetta Coupé 1952 22285c4570d9d279707a20044a65f4d6 1952 Abarth 1500 Biposto BAT 1 1952 Abarth 1500 Biposto BAT 1a 1952 Abarth 1500 Biposto Coupe 1952_abarth_biposto_426c7c6664a7d 1952_Bertone_Abarth-1500_Biposto_Coupe_01 1953 principale_Ferrari-166MM-53-Abarth-Spider-one-off 1954_Ghia_Abarth_Simca_and_Fiat_1100 1955 Abarth 207 A Boano Spider Corsa 1955 Abarth-207A-Boano-Spider 1955_Abarth_209A_Coupe_Boano_photo3 1956 Abarth 216 A Spider Bertone (Fiat 600) 1956 Fiat 1100 Servizio Corse Abarth 1957 Pininfarina Fiat Abarth 750 Record 01 1957_Pininfarina_Abarth_Alfa-Romeo_1100_Record_02 1957_Pininfarina_Fiat_Abarth_750_Record_02 1957_Zagato_Fiat_Abarth_750_GT_Coupe_03 1958 Pininfarina Abarth 500 Record 1958_Zagato_Fiat_Abarth_850_Record_Monza_05 1959 Fiat Abarth 750 Bialbero 'Record Monza' Coupé Chassis 1959 Fiat Abarth 1959-60 Abarth 850 Coupe Scorpione 1960 Abarth 595, derived from Fiat 500 1960 Abarth Zagato Monza 1960-1961 Abarth_1000_bialbero_zagato 1960-Porsche-356-B-1600-GS-Carrera-GTL 1961 Abarth Fiat 1000 Bialbero 1961 Abarth Monomille, rebodied Fiat 600 Chassis 1961 Abarth 1961 Fiat_500_Abarth_-_Flickr_-_Supermac1961 1961 fiat_500_abarth_1 1962 1963 Abarth 850TC FIAT 600 1964 Abarth 1300 OTC Lufthansa Coupe 1964 Abarth Fiat 850 1965 Abarth 1000 Coupe Speciale  дизайн Pininfarina 1965 Abarth OT 1300 Prototipo 1965 Fiat 600 Multipla Abarth 1965 Fiat 850 Abarth NL 1965 Fiat 850 Abarth 1966 Abarth Fiat 124 rally 1966 Abarth Multipla 1966 fiat 850 abarth 1966-Fiat-Abarth OTR_DV-10-CI_001 1967 aa850berlinabisos9 1967 abarth_850 1967 abarth-ot-130477 1967 Fiat 850 Abarth 1967 Fiat-850-Abarth-1000-1967-10G0G130802332AA 1968 Abarth 3000 SE013 Cuneo 1968 Fiat 850 Abarth 1968 fiat-abarth-850 1968-70 Abarth Fiat 1000 TCR Gruppo 5 1969 Abarth 1600 (ItalDesign) 1969 Abarth_Scorpione_1969_seitlich 1970 Abarth Fiat 1000 TCR Gruppo 2 a 1970 Fiat850SpiderAbarth_014 1970 RomanMica-ForzaFridayTheFiat850AbarthSedanIsACuteBadassClassic895 1971 Abarth 850 TC Corsa 1971 Abarth 2000 Sports prototype pictured at the Mugelia circuit in Italy 1972 Abart Osella PA2 2991cc 1972 Fiat 124 Spider CSA Abarth Hardtop Vintage Race Rally Car 1972_Abarth_Osella_SE021 1972-75 Abarth Fiat 124 Rally 1972-75 Abarth Fiat 124 Spider (2) 1972-75 Abarth Fiat 124 Spider 1973 Abarth Osella PA2 1981cc 1973 Abarth_Osella_PA_1(2011-08-13_Sp_B), 1974 Abarth 030 - coupe body by Pininfarina 1975 Autobianchi A112 3rd series 1975-1977 (1975 Abarth) (01) [AB1] 1975 AUTOBIANCHI ABARTH A112 GROUP 2 MONTECARLO 1975 1975 Fiat 124 Coupé CC 1973-1975 (Abarth 1800) OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA 1975 Fiat Abarth 131 Prototype SE031 1976 Fiat 131 Abarth Rally 1976 sanremo02aalendu0 1977 Abarth A 112 Hp 7o Sports Carco 1977 FIAT 126 Abarth 1977 XP 30 15 1977 Fiat 126 ewo 1977 Fiat 131_Abarth_001 1978 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth Replica Rear 1978 Fiat 127 Abarth 1978 Fiat 131 Abarth driven by Markku Alén at the 1978 1000 Lakes Rally 1979  Abarth 1000 TCR Gruppo 2 1979 Fiat Abarth 124 Rallye 1980 Beautiful fiat abarth 131 1981 Fiat Ritmo 75 Abarth Rally 1981 fiat131abarth_1v 1982 Abarth Altri 1982 Abarth SE037 1983 Abarth 500 Formula 2000 Racer 1983 Abarth 1984 Autobianchi A112 Abarth 1984 1984 Autobianchi A112 Abarth a 1984 Autobianchi A112 Abarth 1984 Fiat Ritmo 130 Abarth 1984 Fiat Strada Abarth 130 TC 1985 Abarth Lancia 1985 abarth lancia-delta 1985 Abarth 1985 Fiat Abarth 750GT Zagato Bi Turbo 1985 Fiat-abarth 2000 Sp Turbolare 1986 Fiat Abarth 1986 fiat x19 abarth prototipo 1987 Abarth book 1987 abarth lancia-delta 1987 Fiat Strada Abarth 1987 Lancia Delta Integrale Abarth OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA 1988 Fiat Ritmo Abarth 130 TC 1988 Lacia Delta Abarth 1988 Lancia Delta Grp A Abarth Integrale Rally Car 1989 abarth lancia-delta 1989 LANCIA-DELTA-ABARTH-HF-INTEGRALE-16V-EVOLUZIONE-DELTONE-big-160156064 1990 Autobianchi A112 Abarth - Karton 1990 fiat abarth 1990 Fiat Uno Abarth 1991 160 Fiat Cinquento Abarth 1992 401 Fiat Cinquento Abarth 1992-Abarth-Cinquecento_Trofeo-446211345726521 1994 Abarth-Zagato-Double-Bouble-Mille-Miglia-1994-a 1996 Fiat Auto Hellas Sporting Abarth, at Rally ELPA 1996 1997 Fiat Bravo HGT Abarth 2000 1998 abarth-stola-monotipo-3204 1998 Stola Abarth Monotipo 1998 Stola-Abarth-Monotipo-Concept_4 1999 Fiat Brava Abarth 1999 Fiat_Punto_Abarth_006 2000 fiat_punto_abarth_rally_img_24170 2000 Fiat_Punto_Kit_Car_77 2001 abarth de 2001 [fiat punto] 2001 fiat_punto_abarth_rally_img_24168 2002 Abart Fiat Stilo 2.4 20v Selespeed 2003 Fiat_Punto_Abarth_Wallpaper_by_Active_Design 2004 Fiat Punto Abarth 2005 Fiat Punto Abarth Rally Super 1600 2005_fiat_punto_super_2000_rally_babe1 2006 fiat_grande_punto_abarth_s2000_2 2006 fiat_palio_abarth_102 2006 Fiat-Abarth PanDakar 2006 panda-abarth-car (1) 2006_SAG_-_Fiat_Punto Abarth_-01 2007 Abarth Grande Punto 2008 Abarth 500 2008_Fiat_Abarth_badge_-_Flickr_-_extordy_(cropped) 2008-pr Abarth 500 Assetto Corse 2008-pr Abarth 500 Esseesse AU-spec Abarth 500 esseesse 2008-pr Abarth 500 Esseesse 2008-pr Abarth 500 2009 Fiat_Punto_Abarth@Rome_Tuning_Show_09 2009-500-abarth-695-tributo-ferrari-22 2009-pr Abarth 500 Engine 1368cc 2010 Auto Italia 2010 Gaydon - Fiat Panda Abarth 2011 Abarth 500 1.4 16V T-Jet 3Dr 2011 Abarth 500C at Motor Show 2011 in Poznań 2012 BIS-Abarth-PuntoScorpione-1 2013 Abarth 595 50th Anniversary Edition 2013 Fiat 500L Abarth 2013 Fiat Panda Abarth 2014 Abarth 695 Biposto 2015 Fiat-500X-Abarth-0 Abart Monomille 1 Abarth 204A Abarth 207A spider Abarth 209A Coupe Boano Abarth 500 Tributo Ferrari Abarth 500 Abarth 695 TributoFerrari Abarth 850 TC Abarth Autobianchi A112 Abarth Coupe RQ Abarth Girls (1) Abarth Grande Punto con dietro una Abarth 500 Abarth Lancia 037 Car Tuning Abarth Punto Evo 165hp Abarth race cars Château-Savigny-lès-Beaune_06 ABARTH S2000 RALLY Abarth Simca 1300 Abarth Simca 2000. Abarth_695_Tributo_Ferrari Abarth_Autobianchi_A112_Front Abarth_Punto_Evo Abarth_Simca_1300_in_red Fiat Abarth stripes logo Abarth19byJirohYamada_000 abarth-500c-edizione-maserati-a abarth-695-tributo-ferrari-gets-chrome-wrap-from-office-k-41814_1 abarth-750s-spyder abarth1300ot65b ABARTH-1993 Alfa Romeo Spider goes Abarth Autobianchi-A112-Abarth-lg blogger-image--1263431512 Château-Savigny-lès-Beaune_04 Cisitalia Abarth clutchd-com-drawing-abarth-500c eBayAbarth Ferrari Abarth ferrari-458speciale-8 FF-front-quarter-550x412 Fiat 124 - Sport Spider Abarth fiat 500 abarth ferrari edition-VBby Fiat Abarth 750 GT Double Bubble coupe by Zagato Fiat Abarth 750 Fiat Abarth 850 a Fiat Abarth 1000 (2) Fiat Abarth 1000 Fiat Abarth 2000 FIAT ABARTH SE031 Fiat Panda Abarth Fiat rtLside2 OBL166-07 Fiat_124_Spider_(12159439873) Fiat_500_Abarth_front Fiat_Abarth_850_TC_Grey_pic1 Fiat_Abarth_1000TC_on_French_plates Fiat_Fiorino_Abarth_small Fiat_Fiorino_Panorama_01 Fiat_Panda_Abarth Fiat-500-Abarth-Ferrari-Dealers-Edition-por-Pogea-Racing-5 fiat-500x Fiat-500X-Abarth-1 Fiat-500X-rear fiat-abarth-124 Fiat-Panda Cross Fiat-Punto-Evo-Abarth-front fiat-stilo-abarth-limo IED-Abarth-Scorpion-7 images og05abarth750zag56 oude logo van Abarth Abarth Simca 2mila pic3 panda-abarth-car Porsche 356 B Carrera GTL Abarth posterabarth1 red-fiat-abarth-punto Ritmo_Abarth_130_TC RomeoFerrariAbarth500CAnniversario_01 SeatPandaAbarth1 Simca_1150-Abarth

Author: Jeroen

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