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Abarth was founded in 1949 by the Austrian former (motorcycle) racing driver Karl Abarth, who later called himself Carlo when he and his company established in Italy. Abarth’s logo is the scorpion, after the founder’s zodiac sign.

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Abarth produced tuning kits and sports exhausts. Later Abarth also built racing cars and fast variants of, among others, small Fiats and Simcas. Especially with the small bombs based on the Fiat 500 and 600, Abarth achieved numerous victories in motorsport. In 1971 Fiat took over Abarth and Abarth became the designation for fast versions of Fiats. Abarth also remained active in rallying.

The Abarth name disappeared in the 1990s, but was revived by Fiat in 2007. Since then, Abarth offers (again) fast variants of the Fiat 500 and 124 Spider under its own name.

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