As the company that Carlo Abarth moves into its 50th year, Influx looks at the man and his legacy.
Born 1908 in Vienna, Karl Abarth was reincarnated in post war Italy as Carlo, the true renaissance man of world motoring. Sportsman, engineer and businessman ‘The Magician’ excelled in every aspect of the car industry – from performance exhaust systems, innovative motorcycle racing technologies (see the flexible sidecar setup he invented below) to full ground up builds. If he launched his business now he’d be called an artisan, an indie savant making bespoke vehicles and collaborating with, but never becoming absorbed fully by, the mainstream motoring industry. By the time of his death in 1979 Mr Abarth had notched up ten world records, built and sold a successful automotive business and left a legacy of vehicles still in production today.
"People often look towards the stars and dream.
There’s something about looking up to those twinkling little lights that fills us with wonder and ambition, and this in turn drives us to pursue our goals. In Carlo Abarth’s "
"The Targa Florio endurance race once witnessed classic racing cars ripping through Sicily’s meandering mountainous passes. It ran from 1906 until 1977 and has run ever since as a rally.
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"In the last of this month's Abarth niceness, we wanted to share what we reckon is perhaps a quintessential Abarth classic - the Abarth 1000 OTR 'Radiale'.
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Something about Abarth's Lunacy that reached its heights in the little 695 carlo converted Fiat from the sixties. Any manufacturer who would strap an oversize engine into a production car and solve the cooling issue by leaving the boot open is "
The Abarth badge, all Scorpions, proletarian pomp and red stripes, is sixty this year.
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This BMW 8-series is a different kettle "
"The prospect of loading up a motorcycle and heading off to explore the world is something every bike has thought about at some point.
Seeing the world on two wheels is an entirely different experience than doing so by car. "
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