Carlo Abarth: The Scorpion King

Carlo Abarth can be considered as the inventor of the concept of transformation in the automotive field.


There are stories of success, victories and glory. Romantic stories, made of passion, love and madness. Mythical stories, like that of Carlo Abarth. Those who had the pleasure and honor of meeting him say that he was a "Down-to-earth dreamer": an oxymoron as it emerges from his personal life, first in sports and later as a businessman.

A racing fan since his youth, from the XNUMXs on, Abarth supported the production of special components and the transformation of performance for sports activities. His big idea was to give people the chance to live the passion for cars and racing on a daily basis, making extraordinary products created as normal and transforming ordinary people into everyday drivers. Thanks to Abarth the sports car became an achievable dream, not for a small elite, but for anyone who wanted it. In every way, Carlo Abarth can be considered as the inventor of the concept of transformation in the automotive field.

This activity allowed him to start an adventure of great sporting and industrial successes, whose echo has reached us surprisingly strong. Even today, more than a century after the birth of its founder, the Abarth brand is known in every corner of the globe.

Speed, performance and adrenaline: for motor enthusiasts, the Scorpion will forever be the symbol of the epic. For example, it is worth mentioning the personal company of Carlo Abarth who, in 1965 at the age of 57 (he was born on November 15, 1908 in Vienna), lost more than 30 kg to enter the cabin of the Fiat Abarth 1000 Monoposto Record and break acceleration records in a quarter mile and in 500 meters. Or the Fiat Abarth 1000 Pininfarina, carefully preserved to this day, whose memory is related to the seven records broken at the Monza circuit by nine drivers who raced in September 1960 for three days in a row.


In short, writing about Abarth means writing about passion. And it is precisely the passion for the brand that unites people of all walks of life and of all ages. Encouraging especially young people, who today can also share again the excitement of driving an Abarth on the roads every day, has been one of the compelling reasons that have pushed the brand to relive the glorious past of Abarth, a historical legacy that is impossible to distort.

The Abarth myth lives on today in the hearts of all fans through a range that expresses uncompromising sportiness thanks to constant technical progress, as evidenced by, for example, the newborn 595 Yamaha Factory Racing and 695 Biposto Record. The first pays tribute to the prestigious collaboration between the Scorpion brand and the Movistar Yamaha team. In fact, always synonymous with racing in the motor racing world, for the 2015 and 2016 biennium Abarth is the official sponsor and official supplier of vehicles for the team that competes in the Motorcycle World Championship.

The 695 Biposto Record is the version that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the acceleration record with a G-class vehicle broken by Carlo Abarth in 1965 at the Autodromo de Monza. It is characterized by an exclusive “Modena Yellow” body with “Tar Cold Gray” finishes and enamelled “695 Record” emblem on the side. Performance is guaranteed by the mechanical limited-slip differential, combined for the first time with a five-speed gearbox.


Since 1971, Abarth has been owned by Fiat Car and the last vehicle in which the brand's founder actively participated was the A112 Abarth. In the 80s the story continued with famous vehicles such as the Fiat 131 Abarth, world rally champion, and the Ritmo Abarth.

Carlo Abarth died on October 24, 1979 under the same sign that saw him born: that of the scorpion.



Automundo is the blog about news from the automotive industry, motorsport and the culture of the region. Director: Diego Durruty.

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