Abarth model cars

In 1952, Carlo Abarth (Karl Alberto Abarth, he changed his name after the war) began his famous association with Fiat, manufacturing the Abarth 1500 Biposto upon Fiat mechanicals. Abarth & C. S.r.l was quite successful in hillclimbing and sports car racing in the 1960s, mainly from 850cc up to 2000cc classes, competing with Ferrari Dino and Porsche 904. Hans Herrmann (factory driver from 1962-1965), won the 500km Nürburgring with Teddy Pilette in 1963. A few years later, Carlo promised Johann Abt that he could drive a factory car for free if he won all the races he entered -which he nearly did, winning 29 out of 30, the 30th being a 2nd.

Along racing cars, Abarth also made high-performance exhaust pipes. Later, the company expanded its line in producing tuning kits for normal road vehicles, but mainly for Fiat. The brand was also associated in manufacturing racing or sports cars with Simca & Porsche. In 1971, Fiat bought Abarth, and the racing team was sold to Enzo Osella. It now became the racing brand of Fiat, managed by Aurelio Lampredi, the famous designer of engines. Some models built by Fiat, Lancia or Autobianchi were co-branded Abarth, Autobianchi A112 Abarth being the most famous. It also prepared Fiat Group's rally cars like Fiat 131 Abarth & 124 Abarth. In the 1980s, the name Abarth was mainly used to mark performance like the Fiat Ritmo Abarth 130 TC. The name was pretty much forgotten in the 1990s and in the beginning of this century it was used like a trim/model level on Fiat cars, like the Fiat Stilo Abarth.

Fiat SpA relaunched Abarth in 2007 with the Grande Punto Abarth S2000 & the Grande Punto Abarth. Abarth is to be seen as a semi-independent division to the main Fiat company in the same way the Renault Sport brand is to the mainstream Renault. It is based in the Officine 83, part of the old Mirafiori engineering plant. Harald Wester is next to Alfa Romeo and Maserati, Abarth's CEO.

After many years of sports competing on the continent, a new Abarth 500 GB series was launched in 2010. The competition was to represent a new (high profile) sponsored race series, which was held at Oulton Park in Cheshire, 3 to 5 April 2010. Building on the success of its namesake Italian and European series, the GB competition brought together an excess of talented drivers from across the British Isles, also including four(!) female entrants: Sarah Franklin, Cassey Watson, Vicki Butler-Henderson and Fiona Leggate. The GB series was created by the sponsors for the sponsors, by the competitors for the competitors, and by the fans for the fans. All Abarth Asetto Corse cars are produced in Turin, and are subject to the highest possible standards. They are also checked to a shakedown and subject to a test at the Balocco proving ground.

In addition to the 500 range, Abarth also have a 595 series and a Punto Evo series (including the Punto Evo Supersport with 16v Turbo & 180 BHP!).

More info: Wikipedia
History about Karl Alberto Abarth: abarthisti.co.uk and bernimotori.com. Some information was also taken from the new Abarth page on Motorparks.co.uk.

Questions, comments, or sweet memories?
Share on this Abarth forum!


(will not be displayed)
yes, mail me the link to this page
For sale on eBay USA. To change country, click on flag:
Change selection: <---
worldwide only USA
ebay New to eBay? Join here, it's free!
Vintage FIAT ABARTH 2 Red Roadster USA
vintage fiat abarth 2 red$0.99
details  ►
Solido Fiat 124 Abarth 1000 Silver Box VG
solido fiat 124 abarth 1000$135.78
details  ►
FIAT NUOVA 500 ABARTH MODELLINO Macchina
fiat nuova 500 abarth$20.19
details  ►
Sam Toys Telsada Lincoln Fiat Turbina Car
sam toys telsada lincoln fiat$212.16
details  ►
ABARTH DOME FOR TIN CAR TOY PARTS
abarth dome for tin car toy$65.00
details  ►
Canopy for Friction HTC Abarth Landspeed Toy
canopy for friction htc abarth$65.00
details  ►
ITALOCREMONA COSTRUZIONI DYNAMIC 476 FIAT 127
italocremona costruzioni$67.33
details  ►
Canopy for Friction Haji Abarth Landspeed Toy
canopy for friction haji$65.00
details  ►
AC Abarth 500 Scorpion Fiat Car Laser Logo
ac abarth 500 scorpion fiat$9.99
details  ►
LA COLLECTION VITESSE 042C FIAT ABARTH 695 SS
la collection vitesse 042cends in 2h$25.44
details  ►
Fiat 500 Abarth 1 43
fiat 500 abarth 1 43$10.71
details  ►
IXO ALTAYA Fiat 131 Abarth Rally car
ixo altaya fiat 131 abarth10 bid(s)ends in 4h$12.73
details  ►
IXO Fiat 131 Abarth Rally car 1 43
ixo fiat 131 abarth rally car8 bid(s)ends in 4h$14.43
details  ►
1 24 Burago Fiat 500 Abarth 695 Tributo
1 24 burago fiat 500 abarth$20.14
details  ►
1 24 Fiat Abarth 500 Bianca Die cast
1 24 fiat abarth 500 bianca1 bid(s)ends in 4h$23.57
details  ►
Matchbox mb74 Fiat Abarth
matchbox mb74 fiat abarthends in 21h$13.46
details  ►
MONDO 1 43 FIAT 500 ABARTH NERA
mondo 1 43 fiat 500 abarth$5.39
details  ►
1 43 Ferrari 166 MM Abarth spider 1953 Tron
1 43 ferrari 166 mm abarth1 bid(s)ends in 22h$133.34
details  ►
Autobianchi A 112 Abarth Mebetoys
autobianchi a 112 abarth6 bid(s)$8.75
details  ►
Exem 1 43 Diecast Model 1962 Porsche Abarth
exem 1 43 diecast model 1962$25.44
details  ►
Fiat 500 Abarth 595 Gattafoni 1 43 mit
fiat 500 abarth 595 gattafoni$16.15
details  ►
Solido 4590 Fiat 600 Abarth
solido 4590 fiat 600 abarth$8.49
details  ►
Siku Ferrari GTO 2 Gama Fiat Abarth 1 46
siku ferrari gto 2 gama fiat$1.35
details  ►
MATCHBOX FIAT ABARTH 09 1982
matchbox fiat abarth 09 1982$14.99
details  ►
1 18 Fiat 500 new shape ABARTH Red
1 18 fiat 500 new shape abarth$33.95
details  ►
DEL PRADO 1 43 ABARTH GRANDE PUNTO S2000
del prado 1 43 abarth grande1 bid(s)$6.77
details  ►
FIAT 500 ABARTH 2008 White Black 1 18
fiat 500 abarth 2008 white$40.27
details  ►
IXO ALTAYA FIAT 131 ABARTH Rally car
ixo altaya fiat 131 abarth6 bid(s)$4.07
details  ►
BULGARIAN MATCHBOX FIAT ABARTH UNPAINTED
bulgarian matchbox fiat abarth$8.47
details  ►
BULGARIAN MATCHBOX FIAT ABARTH GOLD SERIES
bulgarian matchbox fiat abarth2 bid(s)$16.12
details  ►
Abarth Scorpione 1968 Orange 1 43
abarth scorpione 1968 orange 1$12.11
details  ►
IXO fiat 124 Abarth Rally car 1 43 Diecast
ixo fiat 124 abarth rally car2 bid(s)$1.68
details  ►