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Abarth and Fiat Anniversary

Abarth and Fiat Anniversary

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The end of this month will see the 44th anniversary since Fiat and Abarth merged.

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.

Favourite Fiats

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.

Astounding Abarth

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.

We have a great range of Fiat and Abarth vehicles, so take a look today and perhaps you’ll find your dream car.

Winter Driving Questions Unveiled: Part 1

Winter Driving Questions Unveiled: Part 1

Posted on: 15th Nov 2017

With the cold winter days fast approaching and the dark nights now here, driving can be a daunting experience. Whether you’re driving to work, the shops or travelling to a relative’s home for Christmas ensuring your car is in full working condition is essential. Sometimes though, we forget some of the rules of the road during the colder months; rea...

The All-New Peugeot 5008 SUV Coming Soon To Richard Hardie

The All-New Peugeot 5008 SUV Coming Soon To Richard Hardie

Posted on: 26th Oct 2017

Arriving to Richard Hardie Peugeot Centres in January 2018, the All-New Peugeot 5008 SUV is set to make heads turn with its sharp robust design. If you can’t wait till January, Richard Hardie Ashington and Durham are holding exclusive preview events in November. See the bottom of this article to book your appointment!

Richard Hardie Raise £254 on Macmillan Coffee Morning

Richard Hardie Raise £254 on Macmillan Coffee Morning

Posted on: 3rd Oct 2017

On Friday 29th September 2017 our Richard Hardie Group participated in the world's biggest coffee morning. We baked, bought and ate cake to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. We had a great day eating cake and playing various fundraising games and in all we raised £253.64 between our five Centres in Ashington, Durham, Newcastle, Silverlink a...

Richard Hardie Staff Race To The Finish Line At The Great North Run 2017

Richard Hardie Staff Race To The Finish Line At The Great North Run 2017

Posted on: 14th Sep 2017

Last weekend (Sunday 10th September) some of our fitness fanatic staff completed the Great North Run, which is the largest half marathon in the UK with over 57,000 runners participating each year! Do you want to find out how our team got on? Read their inspiring stories below…