Carlo Abarth’s factory remembered by more than 50 ex-employees: mechanics, engineers, drivers, managers, secretaries... Everybody with their amazing witnesses...
Some names are famous - Renzo Avidano, Stefano Iacoponi, Antonio Tomaini, Mario Poltronieri, Arturo Merzario... - but many others who are unknown to the public also worked at Abarth when the "Scorpione" was simply great.Carlo Abarth is one of the most important man in the history of international motor industries. A name became a brand, a symbol, a myth.
Behind this name there is a man with great ability, real skill for business and technical knowledge. Behind this brand there are unique cars.
In addition to these features, we must remember many women and men who worked in this factory with passion. People with many stories to tell, all connected to the history of the Scorpione’s factory.
We have looked for many of them. We have wanted to interview them, in order to give them name, face and voice.
And mostly we want to find a "new" Abarth - the "first" Abarth lived with its founder Carlo Abarth, from 1949 to 1971 - thanks to their witnesses and experiences.
The vivid personality, great intelligence and strong determination of Carlo Abarth are revealed through the pages of his large biography. His personal life, his early motorcycling projects and races. The Cisitalia period and its unfortunate decline. The long and successful new adventure in car-tuning which made Abarth and his cars reknown all over the world. The book also contains technical data for each model produced, supported by company’s chassis drawings and engines cutaways. Exhaustive and accurate listing of competitions which saw Abarth cars dominating the racing fields year by year. The book is richly illustrated by appealing and never published before photos, many of them belonging to the personal Abarth photo archive.
There are names that alone express concepts, lifestyles and philosophies better than any lengthy explanation. That Abarth is one of these is a conviction by no means restricted to expert writers or specialist journalists. In the case of Abarth, perceived by enthusiasts as a synonym of performance, speed, agility and emotions, confirmation has been provided by the Fiat Group’s extensive research ahead of the major relaunch of the Scorpion marque. Given the current situation, with the new Abarths returning to the road ready to “sting”, it is an ideal time for this book that sets out to reconstruct the story that led to the birth of a legend. Subdivided model by model, the text is based on straightforward, effective descriptions, backed up by contemporary photos in black and white and colour. The author has successfully illustrated the motivations that led Carlo Abarth to create something unique in the automotive world, at the cost of sacrifices, failures and disappointments such as the numerous custom models built in the early years. A story of cars capable of sparking great passions.
When Fiat entered rallying in 1970, its ultimate aim was to become World Rally Champion and the 131 Abarth of 1976-1980 provided the machinery to make that possible. Within the Fiat-Lancia empire, the 131 Abarth not only replaced the 124 Abarth Spider sports car, but was also favored ahead of the charismatic Lancia Stratos. By 1970s standards, the 131 Abarth was the most extreme, and effective, of all homologation specials. Compared with the 131 family car on which it was originally based, it had different engine, transmission and suspension layouts, was backed by big budgets and by a team of superstar drivers, and was meant to win all around the world. Not only did it start winning World rallies within months of being launched, but in 1977, 1978 and 1980 the works team also won the World Championship for Makes, and set every standard by which Rally Giants were to be judged.
It is a manuscript, with original drawings by Gianfranco Bossù. The text of this book recounts in detail the technical history of a project born from the fervent and not common will of a man: Carlo Abarth and other modest but ingenious men, who were able to develop an already impressive engine such as the FIAT 600 engine.
The reproduction of the original manuscript, full of memories but mostly of technical drawings and diagrams, how the powerplants of the two-cylinder 595 and 695.were developed and industrially produced.
It is a manuscript, with original drawings by Gianfranco Bossù. The text of this book recounts in detail the technical history of a project born from the fervent and not common will of a man: Carlo Abarth.
A “must-have” book for all enthusiasts of the small Fiats! This complete volume chronicles the why and how in 595/695 history, the technical specifications of each ‘derived’ version, the census of all 595/695s still in existence, and all races which saw it compete from 1964 to 1974. Plus “how to buy” and “how to restore” tips.
Unlike the previous editions of the ’90s, this book concentrates on the Abarth 58 and 70 HP versions of the Autobianchi A112, the rarest of all and the most sought after by collectors. This is an across the board analysis of the car: it contains a general historic introduction on Autobianchi, Carlo Abarth and the A112 itself. They were the cars that began the decline of Abarth in 1971, and the book contains an analysis of the entire evolution of the seven series that succeeded them in the following 14 years of production. There is also a section devoted to documentation: the use and maintenance manuals, catalogues, leaflets, advertising and a segment giving advice on the Abarths’ identification, purchase, restoration and quotations. The book is completed by the car’s sports career in Italy and other countries, culminating in the eight Trofeo A112 Abarth 70HP events and closes with reference to today, including the vintage races and the various clubs devoted to this important car.
Limited printing of 1000 copies only. The complete sporting history with the list of the over 1500 drivers who won over 6000 victories and reached 113 record. Included a very rich never published before photographic apparatus.
Limited printing of 1000 copies only. History and technics of Abarth. Two volumes in a slipcase very illustrated with never published before pictures and enriched with 243 technical schedules, design sketches, Cisitalia 1948, record-setting and road touring vehicles, projects from 1949 to 1985.
Attention! The slipcase is damaged. Very limited quantities.
The Scorpion brand has always been synonymous of great performance and speed. This book will make you discover a world of stunning successes in competition, Italian style and production of a large number of sports cars: Simca, Fiat, Autobianchi .... In details all the many realizations Abarth.