The Island That Rust Forgot Attracts Vast Swarm Of Italian Iron

One day after the big Park Street Auto Show, the All-Italian Car And Motorcycle Show takes place just across town. No way could I resist a middle-school playground packed with weird Fiats! » 10/17/09 5:00pm 10/17/09 5:00pm

The Action Never Stops In This Town: Italian Machinery Invades Alameda


October is generally the warmest month here by the Bay, so that's when you get the big car shows on the island. On Saturday, Park Street was taken over by hundreds of chromium-dipped chariots » 10/14/08 1:45pm 10/14/08 1:45pm; the following day, a horde of Ferraris, Fiats, Lancias, Alfas, and the like swarmed across the bridges and set up shop on the …

Ecurie Ecrappe Alfa Makes Big Splash At Concorso Italiano, Some Shiny…

An Italian car with a glorious racing history should be given the red-carpet treatment at the Concorso Italiano » 8/19/08 12:40pm 8/19/08 12:40pm, so you figure the 1971 Alfa Romeo Spider should be a slam-dunk Best Of Show winner. Sadly, such was not the case, in spite of the car's great at many 24 Hours of LeMons races (when everything works, it's…

Fiat 500 Abarth Revealed: Still Small, Now With Added "Wicked"

While we feel as if we're no stranger to the new Abarth-tuned Fiat 500 — we've seen all the press shots, seen all the leaked specs and even seen a gigantic Fiat-pooping 500 — it doesn't compare to seeing it in person. Here's our first glimpse at the tarted-up Abarth 500, and although not as cute as the cinquecento,… » 3/05/08 4:00am 3/05/08 4:00am

Project Car Hell: Abarth A112 or Carrera Panamericana Citroen?

It looks like the Jalopnik readership did some agonized soul-searching and decided to go with the 308/Esprit combo over the somewhat imcomplete 365 at a 7-to-3 ratio in yesterday's Cheap Ferrari Edition Choose Your Eternity poll. But an Italian car versus an Anglo-Italian 2-fer brings to mind an interesting PCH… » 2/08/08 5:30pm 2/08/08 5:30pm

Fiat's Big Abarth Kickoff

Fiat's not kidding around with the launch of its Abarth tuning marque. Following an initial launch at the Geneva auto show earlier this year, The company's treating the venerable racing shop — and Fiat property since 1971 — as its own motorsport lifestyle brand, with swank, high-style offices, a racing division to… » 9/20/07 6:00pm 9/20/07 6:00pm

Jalopnik Choice Award: 1959 Fiat Abarth Zagato 750

With the old fashioneds well emptied and the hoopla surrounding the Pebble Beach Concours moving into forgotten, it is now time to present the never prestigious Jalopnik Choice Award. This 1959 Fiat 600-based Abarth Zagato 750 is part of the San Diego Collection, and on the block for a 125K. The Karl "Carlo" Abarth… » 8/22/07 12:00pm 8/22/07 12:00pm

Spy Photos: Fiat 500 Abarth on the 'Ring

Judging from the satisfying exhaust burble that surfaces near the end of this clip, the return of the Abarth Cinquecento will be a watershed moment for the modern Fiat brand. It could even elevate the 500's revival to the pinnacle among retro plays, a trend that appeared to be fading out with each passing Mini…

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Fiat 500 Abarth Coming to the US?

That sound you just heard was our heart doing a triple gainer off our sternocleidomastoid muscle. Apparently, Automotive News Europe reports Fiat is considering the sale of an Abarth-tuned Fiat 500 in the US. Such rumors have been ripping through the car-o-sphere since word first came down about the revived… » 6/11/07 7:22am 6/11/07 7:22am

Geneva Showcase: Abarth Fiats Make us Giddy

Maybe it's all the stripes and fat tires against the Fiat Grande Punto's hot hatchness, but both the Abarth Rally2000 racer and Punto Grande win our Wish We Had It Here prize for 2007. And by here, we mean the US, where the new Abarth tuners will join other Fiats in being entirely absent. Word is, this lack will… » 3/07/07 6:24am 3/07/07 6:24am

The Scorpion Returns: Fiat's Abarth-Tuned Puntos Coming to Geneva

The return of Abarth is near. If you'll recall, the motorsports firm of Carlo Abarth spent the 1950s and 1960s building race-winning cars sports cars that showed up many a big name. It also built tuning kits for Fiats, and was eventually taken into the bosom of the Agnelli dynasty. Now, Fiat's reviving the name for a… » 2/27/07 7:14am 2/27/07 7:14am

Hotten Up the Hatches: Fiat's Abarth-tuned Punto on the Way

Quick history: Before Fiat bought Abarth in 1971 as an in-house tuning shop, the motorsports firm that bore the name of Viennese car tweaker Karl "Carlo" Abarth, began transforming modest Fiat 600s into racing legends as far back as the 1950s. Now, as we gleaned from Fiat Group's product plan leaked late last year, the… » 1/02/07 9:54am 1/02/07 9:54am