Karl Abarth was born a Scorpio on the 15th November 1908 in Vienna, and subsequently made his sign of the zodiac famous all over the automotive world.
Karl’s apprenticeship as a motorcycle mechanic and his early participation in motorbike races formed the cornerstone of a magnificent career in motor sports. In 1928 he established his own motorcycle racing team and ultimately switched to sidecar racing. His greatest triumph in this period was the victory against the ‘Orient Express’ on a self-manufactured ride.
Later, in 1949 ‘Abarth’ was founded in Bologna. Soon after, he took over the Cisitalia company, previously owned by the industrialist, Piero Dusio, and developed it into ‘Squadra Carlo Abarth’. Alongside the racing team, which produced a number of excellent drivers, and the development of a range of racing and sports accessories, Abarth was also extremely successful in the construction of sports and racing cars. Carlo Abarth (previously Karl) achieved countless records and triumphs down the years.
Carlo Abarth was a marvellous racing driver, an ingenious constructor and an outstanding businessman. He died on the 24th October 1979, under the sign under which he had been born – the scorpion – which still adorns his automobiles to this day.