The potent Scorpion has been with us since 1949, but its golden moments were in the 60s when Abarth found success in hillclimbing and endurance racing events, competing with against the big boys such as the Ferrari Dino and Porsche 904. Through the 80s, Abarth helped Fiat race and sell hardcore rally editions of its cars and also helped Porsche and Simca produce new models. Abarth climbed from mere trim-level status in the 90s and early Noughties to being a proper tuning arm again in 2007, and today you can get the Italian racing treatment for your Fiat 500, Punto Evo and maybe even your Panda!
In our first gallery of 26 Hot Photos From The A-Z Car Archive here are some of Abarth's greatest hits:
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