10 classic Abarths brimming with Italian style, performance, and heritage


Racing was in Carlo Abarth’s blood. In 1933, the 25-year-old engineer designed a sidecar in which he beat the Orient Express train in an epic, 800-mile race from Vienna, Austria, to Ostend, Belgium. That was only the beginning.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2019/03/11/10-best-abarths-from-geneva


How about the 750 Double Bubble Zagato. To me that is the flag ship model. I have both it and a 695.



people here actually paid money for these things?

they and Alfa Romeo were about the only products of worse quality than those of British Leyland;

used to have to park my E-type literally on top of a hill, disconnect and bring the battery inside, work or home;

starting it was not unlike a Sopwith Camel and forget about stopping it in gear with its stump-pulling torque from 500 rpm onward;

one basically had two or three chances to get it running before the plugs went swimming and the battery went flat as a bad boxer;

even still, that was a significant cut above comedic errors like Abarth and Alfa Romeo;


Thank you Ronan Glon.
Abarth, Gordini, Cooper and Shelby all share the same passion and idea of taking a sedate car and turning it into a “raging bomba”. I am fortunate to own a 1968 595 SS and a 1000TC Berlina Corsa vintage racer. If you happen to visit Naples, Florida, I strongly recommend the Collier Collection (Revs Institute). Miles Collier is an Abarth fan and owns a rare Abarth Simca 2 Mila, an even rarer Porsche Abarth, and the 1969 ex-Al Cosentino championship 1000TCR, a true raging bomba. Seen here racing against my 1000TC at Lime Rock.
Forza Abarth, for its 70th birthday! And boo on FCA for not celebrating this milestone… “An entity that doesn’t celebrate its past has no future.” Alain