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 1:45pm10/14/08 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 Cars Also Show Up

An Italian car with a glorious racing history should be given the red-carpet treatment at the Concorso Italiano »8/19/08 12:40pm8/19/08 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 4:00am3/05/08 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 5:30pm2/08/08 5:30pm

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 7:14am2/27/07 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,… »1/02/07 9:54am1/02/07 9:54am