• 90 superb colour photographs
• brief background history of the company
• full FIAT/Abarth story
• basic specifications and statistics
• quotes and facts
During the 1950s, Abarth started work on modified components with a number of manufacturers, but it was for its collaboration with Fiat that the company became renowned.
During the early 1950s, Abarth’s business was booming in three main areas – custom-built racing cars, tuning/accessories, and modification of production cars. Abarth worked on modifications with a number of manufacturers in Italy and elswehere, and it was for the company's collaboration with Fiat that it became best known. Abarth’s version of Fiat’s little 600 appeared in 1956, followed by the 500s - the company would continue to produce sporting versions of most of the major Fiat models, bearing the distinctive scorpion and shield logo, until 1971, when Abarth became an integral part of the growing Fiat empire.
Review in California Bookwatch, December 2006
Here's a car buff's specialty item indeed: a survey of FIATs modified by Abarth, pairing original photos of such productions by photographer David Sparrow with text by Andrea Sparrow. While historical background and technical insights are given, it's the color photos that create an outstanding and rare production here. You won't see this in most general-interest public lending library collections, which is too bad even though its topic is quite narrow, the visuals hold appeal for a wider audience than simply Fiat fans.