ABARTH Turino Italy 1949 till now I



Abarth & C. S.p.A.
Società per Azioni
Industry Automotive
Founded Bologna, Italy (March 31, 1949)
Founder Carlo Abarth
Headquarters Turin, Italy
Area served
Key people
  • Alfredo Altavilla, COO
Parent FCA Italy S.p.A.

Abarth & C. S.p.A. is a racing car and road car maker founded by Carlo Abarth in 1949. Its logo is a shield with a stylized scorpion on a red and yellow background. Abarth & C. S.p.A. is a fully owned subsidiary of FCA Italy S.p.A. (formerly Fiat Group Automobiles S.p.A.), the subsidiary of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (formerly of Fiat S.p.A.) controlling its European automotive production activities.


1949: Abarth & C.

1950 Abarth 205 Monza

 A 1950 205A, one of the first Abarth cars

Carlo Abarth had been sporting director of the Cisitalia factory racing team since 1947. In 1948 begun the financial downfall of Cisitalia, spurred by the investments needed to put the 202 coupé into production; the following year the manufacturer went under, and founder Piero Dusio flew to Argentina. Carlo Abarth, funded by Armando Scagliarini, took over Cisitalia’s assets and on 31 March 1949 Abarth & C. was founded in Bologna. Carlo’s astrological sign, Scorpio, was chosen as the company logo. From the Cisitalia liquidation Abarth obtained five 204 sports cars (two complete Spiders and three unfinished), a D46 single seater and various spares. The 204s were immediately rechristened Abarth 204 A. Abarth built and raced sports cars developed from the last

1947 Cisitalia D46 1947-porsche-type-360-cisitalia 1949 204A CISITALIA ABARTH SPYDER CORSA 1949 Cisitalia 1100 abarth 3 1949 cisitalia-abarth-204-a-spyder-corsa-tazio-nuvolari--1- 1949 cisitalia-cisitalia-abarth-204-a-auto-epoca 2.jpg_650 1950 cisitalia-abarth-204-a-spyder-corsa-tazio-nuvolari--6- 1950 Cisitalia-Abarth-204-A-Spyder-Sport-von-1950012 1950-cisitalia-abarth-204 Cisitalia 202 Porsche 360 CisitaliaCisitalia cars.

In addition to Guido Scagliarini, the «Squadra Abarth» racing team lined up celebrated drivers such as Tazio Nuvolari, Franco Cortese and Piero Taruffi. Notably Tazio Nuvolari made his last appearance in racing at the wheel of an Abarth 204 A, winning is class in the Palermo–Monte pellegrino hillclimb on 10 April 1950. Alongside racing, the company main activity was producing and selling accessories and performance parts for Fiat, Lancia, Cisitalia and Simca cars, like inlet manifolds and silencers.

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

1952 Abarth 1500 Biposto BAT 1a 1952 Abarth 1500 Biposto BAT 1b 1952 Abarth 1500 Biposto Coupé BAT 1 1952 Abarth 1500 Biposto Coupe

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 695

 Abarth 595, derived from Fiat 500

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.

1971: Fiat takes over

New Fiat Abarth Logo

Carlo sold Abarth to Fiat on 31 July 1971. The acquisition was only made public by Fiat with a press release on 15 October. As Fiat was not interested in the Reparto Corse racing operations, these were taken over by Enzo Osella. Osella obtained cars, spares, technicians and drivers (amongst them Arturo Merzario), and continued the racing activity founding the Osella racing team. Thus ended for Abarth the days of sport prototype and hill climb racing.

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

1972 Fiat Abarth 124 Rally

1972 Fiat 124 Abarth Rally

Fiat Abarth 131 rally car with Alitalia livery Fiat Abarth 131 rally car with OlioFiat livery Fiat Abarth 131 rally car with Wreath Fiat livery

and 131 Abarth.

In December 1977, in advance of the 1978 racing season, the beforehand competing Abarth and Squadra Corse Lancia factory racing operations were merged by Fiat into a single entity named EASA (Ente per l’Attività Sportiva Automobilistica, Organization for Car Sports Racing Activities). Cesare Fiorio (previously in charge of the Lancia rally team) was appointed director, while Daniele Audetto was sporting director; the EASA headquarters were set up in Abarth’s Corso Marche (Turin) offices. The combined racing department developed the

Group 5 Lancia Montecarlo Turbo

Group 5 Lancia Montecarlo Turbo

Lancia Beta Montecarlo Turbo Group 5 racing car (1980 and 1981 World Sportscar Championship winner) and the Lancia Rally 037 Group B rally car (which won for Lancia the 1983 World Manufacturers’ Championship).

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 toFiat Auto Corse S.p.A.

Some commercial models built by Fiat or its subsidiaries Lancia and Autobianchi were co-branded Abarth, including the

1971-85 Abarth Autobianchi A112

Autobianchi A112 Abarth, a popular “boy racer” because it was lightweight 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.

ab logo bk 1

2007: rebirth of Abarth & C. S.p.a.

On 1 February 2007 Abarth was re-established as an independent unit with the launch of the current company, Abarth & C. S.p.a., controlled 100% by Fiat Group Automobiles S.p.A., the subsidiary of Fiat S.p.A. dealing with the production and selling of passenger cars and light commercial vehicles. The first model launched was the Abarth Grande Punto and the Abarth Grande Punto S2000. The brand is based in the Officine 83, part of the old Mirafiori engineering plant. The CEO is Harald Wester.

In 2015 Abarth’s parent company was renamed FCA Italy S.p.A., reflecting the incorporation of Fiat S.p.A. into Fiat Chrysler Automobiles that took place in the previous months.

Abarth cars

Current models

2007-10 Abarth Grande Punto Essesse

2007-10 Abarth Grande Punto Essesse

Abarth Punto Evo

Abarth Punto Evo

Supermini + 3-door hatchback

2008 Abarth 500

Abarth 500

City car + 3-door hatchback

Abarth 500C at Motor Show 2011 in Poznań

Abarth 500C

City car + Cabriolet

Fiat Abarth 750

Fiat Abarth 750
1955 AbarthAbarth 209A Boano Coupe

1972 Château-Savigny-lès-Beaune 06

 Abarth race cars

1961-65 Fiat Abarth 1000 rear

 Fiat Abarth 1000

1961-65 Abart Monomille 1

 1961 Abarth Monomille, rebodied Fiat 600 chassis

Cars produced by Abarth

1978 Fiat 131 Abarth driven by Markku Alén 1978 Rally Finland

1952 Abarth 1500 Biposto BAT 1b
Abarth Simca 2000. The '2Mila' Abarth Simca began life as an Simca 1000 and threw most of it away to be replaced by Abarth body.
Abarth Simca 2000. The ‘2Mila’ Abarth Simca began life as an Simca 1000 and threw most of it away to be replaced by Abarth body.

1963 Abarth Simca 2000 – coupé

1950 ABARTH 204A

1949 cisitalia-abarth-204-a-spyder-corsa-tazio-nuvolari--1-

Abarth 204A Berlinetta

1950 Abarth 205 Monza

1950 Abarth205MonzaAbarth 205A Berlinetta

1954 abarth alfa 2000 ghia coupé 1 1954 abarth alfa romeo 2000 coupe ghia 1954 alfaromeoabarth2000coupe1 1954 alfaromeoabarth2000coupe2 1954-Ghia-Abarth-Alfa-Romeo-2000-Coupe-01 1954-Ghia-Abarth-Alfa-Romeo-2000-Coupe-03Alfa Romeo Abarth 2000 Coupe

1955 Abarth 207 A Boano Spider Corsa 1955 Abarth 207A #003 1100cc 1955 Abarth 207A #005 1100cc 1955 Abarth 207A Boano 1100 1955 ABARTH 207A SPYDER CORSA BOANO 1955 ABARTH 207A SPYDER CORSA BOANOa 1955 Fiat Abarth Boano Spyder 207A 1955-abarth-207a-boano-spider1955 Abarth 207A Spyder

1955 Abarth 209A Boano Coupe1955 Abarth 209A Boano Coupe

Porsche 356B Carrera GTL-AbarthPorsche 356B Carrera GTL Abarth

1962 Abarth-Simca 1300 (I reckon - could be a 2000)Abarth Simca 1300 GT

1964–73 fiat-abarth-8501964 Fiat-Abarth OT1000

1964 Fiat Abarth OT 1600 longford

1964 Fiat Abarth OT 1600

1964 Fiat Abarth OT 1600a

1964 Fiat Abarth OT 1600b

1964-fiat-abarth-ot-16001964 Fiat-Abarth OT1600

1966 Fiat Abarth OT 20001966 Fiat-Abarth OT 2000 Competition Coupé

1959 Fiat-Abarth 750 Zagato Monza

1959 FiatAbarth750GTZagato-rear1959 Fiat-Abarth Zagato 750

1959-64 Abarth allemano coupe 2200 9

1959 Allemano Abarth-2200-Coupe-01

1959 Allemano Abarth-2200-Spyder-02

1959 Allemano Abarth-2200-Spyder-031959-64 Fiat-Abarth 2200

1958 Abarth 750 Allemano Spyder 1958 Abarth Allemano Spyder 1958 Fiat Abarth 750 spider by Allemano (Maranello Rosso collection) 1959 Abarth 750 Allemano Spider front quarter 1959 Fiat Abarth 750 Allemano Spider 1961 Fiat Abarth 750 Allemano SpiderFiat-Abarth Allemano 750 Spider

1961 Fiat-Abarth-2400-Allemano-Frontansicht 1961-Fiat-Abarth-2400-Ellena 1962 abarth fiat 2400 1963 Fiat Abarth 2400 designed by Allemano with MichelottiFiat-Abarth 2400

1965 Tamiya-Fiat-Abarth-1000-TCR-Berlina-Corse-M05 1965-67 Fiat Abarth 1000 TC berlina corsa a 1965-67 Fiat Abarth 1000 TC berlina corsa 1965-67 Fiat Abarth 1000 TCRFiat Abarth 1000 TCR Berlina

1977 Autobianchi A112 Abarth mk4 1982 Autobianchi A112-Abarth-Mk2 Rear 1984 Autobianchi A112 Abarth 7ª serie del 1984 1984 Autobianchi A112 Abarth 70HPAutobianchi A112 Abarth 70 HpAutobianchi A112 Abarth 959 NittoAutobianchi A112 Abarth bAutobianchi A112 Abarth by franco-rocciaAutobianchi A112 Abarth

1963 Fiat-Abarth-595-SSa 1963 Fiat-Abarth-595-SSa1 1963 Fiat-Abarth-595-SSbg 1963 Fiat-Abarth-595-SSc 1963 Fiat-Abarth-595-SSd 1964 FIAT 600 Berlina ABARTH 1000 TC Style1963 Fiat-Abarth 595 SS

Abarth 695 SS. The origins of this Abarth as a Fiat 500 are clear in this view
Abarth 695 SS. The origins of this Abarth as a Fiat 500 are clear in this view

1964-71 Fiat Abarth 695 esse esse (SS) 1964-71 Fiat Abarth 695 SS 118 1964-71 Fiat Abarth 695 SS by franco-roccia

Abarth 695 SS. The Abarth 595 was introduced in 1963, and then developed further to give the 40bhp 695 SS.
Abarth 695 SS. The Abarth 595 was introduced in 1963, and then developed further to give the 40bhp 695 SS.

Fiat-Abarth 695 SS

1965 Abarth OT 1300 Coupe, in Red. 1965 ABARTH OT 1300 PROTOTIPO 1965 Abarth OT 1300 1965 Fiat Abarth OT 1300 1 1965 Fiat Abarth OT 1300 1965→1966 Fiat Abarth OT 1300

1966 Abarth 1300 OT, Stefan Hamelmann
1966 Abarth 1300 OT, Stefan Hamelmann

1966-67 1300-1600-2000 OT PERISCOPIO 1966-abarth-1300-ot 1967 ABARTH 1300 OT PERISCOPIO 1967 PHILIP ABARTH 1300 OT Abarth Fiat OT 1300 Abarth OT 13001965-68 Abarth OT 1300

1963 Abarth Monomille, no 750, Lime Rock

1961 Abarth 1000 Monomille 1961 Abarth Fiat Monomille GT 1961 Abarth Monomille Scorpion 1961 Abarth 1961-2 FIAT ABARTH MONOMILLE GT COUPE 1961-65 Abart Monomille 1 1961-65 Fiat Abarth 1000 rear 1962 Abarth monomille Scorpione 1962 abarth-mono-03 1963 Abarth 1000 Monomille Reggio Nell 39 Emilia Italy Jameslist 1963 Abarth Fiat MONOMILLE SALON GENEVE 63 1963 Fiat Abarth Monomille 5-speed1961-65 Abarth Monomille

1968 Francis Lombardi Grand Prix Abarth front 1969 Abarth Scorpione schräg 1969 Abarth Scorpione seitlich 1971 OTAS Grand Prix 820cc rL1968-71 Abarth Grand Prix/Scorpione

1969 fiat-abarth 3000s se016 cuneo prototype 2 1969 prototype-fiat-abarth 3000 V8 1970 Abarth 3000 Château-Savigny-lès-Beaune 04 1970 Abarth 3000 Proto V8 2008 Fiat Abarth badge Abarth 3000 Prototipo a1969-71 Abarth 3000 Prototipo

1982 Fiat Ritmo 138A2 105TC Abarth group A 1982-88 Fiat Ritmo Abarth 130 TC FIAT RITMO 125 TC ABARTH Fiat Ritmo 130 Abarth 145CV Fiat Ritmo Abarth 130TC Strada book a Fiat Ritmo Abarth 130TC Strada book b Fiat Ritmo Abarth 130TC Strada book Fiat Ritmo Abarth 130TC Strada Fiat Ritmo Abarth a Fiat Ritmo Abarth1981-88 Fiat Ritmo 125/130 TC Abarth

1972-75 Fiat Abarth 124 Spider 1975 Fiat 124 Abarth Rally at the 4th Cesana-Sestriere Experience, 13 July 2014 Fiat 124 Abarth Silverstone

1976 Abarth Fiat 124 rally

Fiat Abarth 124 Rallyes in Abarth factory in TurinFiat Abarth 124 Rally

1976 Fiat 131 Volumetrico Abarth 1976 Fiat Abarth 131 Rally 1977 Fiat 131 Abarth 1978 Fiat 131 Abarth driven by Markku Alén 1978 Rally Finland Fiat 131 Abarth-pianta Fiat Abarth 131 rally car with Alitalia livery Fiat Abarth 131 rally car with OlioFiat livery Fiat Abarth 131 rally car with Wreath Fiat liveryFiat 131 Abarth Rally

1985 Lancia 37 Abarth Groupe B EVO 2 1986 Lancia 037 Abarth

Lancia Rally 037 Stradale Abarth 01 Lancia Rally Abarth 037 17 Lancia Rally Abarth 037 Race Retro 2008 Lancia Rally Abarth 0371985 Lancia 037


Lancia Abarth Kappa Coupe Turbo b Lancia Abarth Kappa Coupe Turbo c Lancia Abarth Kappa Coupe Turbo dLancia Abarth Kappa Coupe Turbo

Cars not produced by Abarth but with Abarth badges

1998 Fiat Uno 1.1. Abarth Abarth Fiat Uno Turbo ABARTH Fiat Uno Fiat Uno Turbo i.e. Racing mk2 Abarth Fiat Uno Turbo Mk2 Abarth UNO 2P Abarth Bruno Ordones small aFiat Uno Turbo Mk2 (Abarth)

1999 Fiat Bravo HGT Abarth 1999 Modified Fiat Bravo HGT Abarth 2000 Picture 1 2000 Fiat Bravo HGT Abarth b 2000 Fiat Bravo HGT Abarth 2001 Fiat Bravo 2l 20v hgt abarth1999-01 Fiat Bravo GT/HGT (Abarth)

2007 Fiat Bravo 1.9 Multijet 16V 150 Sport DPF 198 Abarth 2007 Fiat Bravo 198 Abarth a 2007 Fiat Bravo 198 Abarth 2007 Fiat Bravo Abarth b 2007 fiat bravo abarth issimobk4 2007 fiat-bravo-abarth-pvt2007 Fiat Bravo Type 198 (Abarth)

2002 Abarth Fiat Stilo 2.4 20v Selespeed 2004 Fiat Stilo 2.4 20V 3DR Abarth Selespeed 2005 Fiat Stilo 2.4l Abarth 2009 Fiat Stilo 2.4 abarth 20V 3DR Selespeed Rood panoramisch dak 2009 Fiat Stilo 2.4i 20v Abarth Selespeed 2009 Fiat Stilo Abarth rear 2009 Fiat Stilo Abarth2002-09 Fiat Stilo (Abarth)


2001 Fiat Grande Punto Abarth S2000Fiat Punto (Abarth)

Fiat Cinquecento Abarth a Fiat Cinquecento Abarth Fiat Cinquecento Auto Hellas Sporting Abarth Fiat Cinquecento Trofeo 001Fiat Cinquecento Sporting (Abarth)

2001 Fiat Seicento Sporting Abarth 1.1Sa 2003 Fiat Seicento 1.1 Sporting Abarth a 2003 Fiat Seicento 1.1 Sporting Abarth b 2003 Fiat Seicento 1.1 Sporting Abarth 2003 Fiat Seicento Sporting Abarth 1.1Ss 2003 Fiat Seicento Sporting Abarth c 2003 Fiat Seicento Sporting Abarth 2003 Fiat-Seicento-1.1-Active-2003 2003 fiat-seicento-sporting-abarth-04Fiat Seicento Sporting (Abarth)

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

2008 Abarth 500Abarth 500

2013 Abarth 500 Esseesse hatchback 01Abarth 500 SS

Abarth 500 Assetto Corse
Abarth 500 Assetto Corse

2009 Assetto Corsa Rally

Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari a Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari Fiat_abarth_695_tributo_ferrari_650695 Tributo Ferrari

2007 Fiat Grande Punto Abarth-5Abarth Grande Punto (2007)

2007 Abarth Grande Punto 2007-10 Abarth Grande Punto EssesseAbarth Grande Punto SS (2007)

Grande Punto Abarth EVOAbarth Punto Evo

2013 Fiat Punto Abarth Super Sport 1.4 Turbo 16v 180 cv 27,5 mkgf 216 kmh 0-100 kmh 7,5 s Abarth Punto SuperSport 1 Abarth Punto SuperSport 2 Abarth-Punto-SupersportsAbarth Punto Supersport (2012–2013)

2010 fiat-500c-abarth 2011 Abarth 500C rear Poznan 2012 Abarth 500C Scorpione 2012 Fiat 500C Abarth 01 2013 Abarth-500C-2013-viewAbarth 500C

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

2006 Fiat Grande Punto Abarth S2000 Rally 2006 PuntoRallyCar1apubFiat Punto Abarth (rally version only)

Fiat Cinquecento Trofeo 001Fiat Cinquecento 900 Trofeo kitcar (teams had to build up their own rallycar from Fiat N Technology derived Abarth racingparts)

Fiat Cinquecento Auto Hellas Sporting Abarth Fiat Cinquecento Sporting 1.1 Rally car a Fiat Cinquecento Sporting 1.1 Rally car b 1998 Fiat Cinquecento Sporting 1.1 Rally car

Fiat Cinquecento Sporting 1.1 Rally car

fiat seicento rally-cars-34046 1Fiat Seicento Sporting 1.1 Rally car


Author: Jeroen

In Dutch, my homelanguage: Ik ben Jeroen, tot januari 2015 was ik al dik 26 jaar werkzaam in een psychiatrisch ziekenhuis in een stad vlakbij Werelds grootste havenstad Rotterdam. Eerst als verpleegkundige/begeleider op high care, later op afdeling dubbeldiagnose (verslavingen) en ook nog een tijdje als administratief medewerker. Ik heb een spierziekte "Poli Myositis" (alle spieren zijn ontstoken) daardoor weinig energie. Sinds augustus 2015 is daarbij de diagnose Kanker gesteld, en ben ik helemaal arbeidsongeschikt geworden en zit middenin de behandelfase. Gelukkig ben ik daarnaast getrouwd, vader, en opa, en heb de nodige hobby's. Een daarvan is transportmiddelen verzamelen en daarmee een blog schrijven. Dit blog begon met bussen, maar nu komen ook sleepboten, auto's trucks en dergelijke aan bod. Kijk en geniet met me mee, reageer, en vul gerust aan. Fouten zal ik ook graag verbeteren. In English: I'm Jeroen, till januari 2015 I was already 26 years working as a nurse in a psychiatric hospital, near Rotterdam, Worlds biggest harbour with more than 98 nationalities living within it's borders. First I worked on closed high care ward and the last years on a ward with mainly addicted people. I liked my work very much. In 2007 I got ill. I got the diagnose Poli Myositis, a musscle dissease. Al my mussles are inflamed. And last august I got another diagnose. Cancer. It's plaveicelcel carcinoma and treated with Chemo and radioation. So I've even less energy than the last years. Still I try to make something of my life and the blog is helping with surviving with some pleasure.

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