The end of this month will see the 44th anniversary since Fiat and Abarth merged. Fiat was established in the 1910s and Abarth in the 1940s, they were very successful within the motoring industry. They worked together for a number of years before fully merging on 31st July 1971. Since then there have been a hugely successful fleet of cars to have landed in the showroom that have appeared on both the road and the race track.
Fiat joined Silverlink in 2008 and then Abarth a year later in 2009, in that time we have seen some great new models come into our showroom. We are going to take a look back at some of our favourite and most memorable Fiat and Abarth cars from both the early days and more recent years.
The first Fiat 500 was first released in 1957, it was named the The Fiat Nuova 500 and was known as a practical and cheap to run town car. Since then there have been nine generations of the 500 and on its 50th anniversary in 2007 it saw an overhaul of the model, it is now one of the most recognisable cars on the road in the UK. There are now larger models of the 500 available, the Fiat 500L and Fiat 500X, both of which enter new sectors of the car market.
Abarth has notably produced both racing and road cars, the earliest cars were racing vehicles and included the 204 A Spider. The brand developed and after Fiat released their Fiat 600 in the mid-1950s Carlo Abarth (Founder) saw an opportunity to develop an affordable sports car. He used the 600’s underpinning and a 750 cc engine and created the Fiat Abarth 750 Zagato and Fiat Abarth 750 GT Zagato. After merging with Fiat Abarth continued to grow and rally cars emerged from the production line, one of the more memorable models being the Fiat 131 Abarth. Today Abarth builds on the Fiat 500, creating sporty and more powerful models.