- 1929 – Karl Abarth gets his start racing motorcycles. By 1929, he builds his first motorcycle to bear the Abarth name. In his competitive days, he becomes a five-time European champion.
- 1930 – A serious accident in Linz, Austria, causes Abarth to abandon solo motorcycle racing. However, he continues to race and build motorcycle sidecars until 1939.
- 1946 – Abarth is contracted to build his first car, a revolutionary new single-seater named Cisitalia D46. Two models place first and second in the 1946 Brezzi Cup in Turin.
- 1949 – Karl Abarth starts Abarth & Co., producing aftermarket products for production cars, as well as performance exhaust systems. He wins the Italian 1100 and Formula 2 championships with the first racecar he ever builds – the 204 A Roadster, derived from the FIAT 1100.
- 1955 – The FIAT Abarth 750, with a body by Bertone, debuts and immediately sets a number of endurance and speed records.
The FIAT Abarth 750
- 1958 – Karl Abarth creates the FIAT 500 Abarth at Monza. The car covers a distance of 11,300 miles at an average speed of 30 meters per second, breaking six international records, nearly one every day.
- 1965 – The ‘60s are a golden age for the Scorpion and the FIAT 595. During this time, the Abarth tallied nearly 900 victories over a seven-year run.
Testing the FIAT 695 Abarth at Monza in race trim, 1966
- 1979 – Karl Abarth passes away on October 24. The Abarth name continues into the ‘80s with the success of the FIAT Strada Abarth 130TC.
- 2007 – The Abarth brand is relaunched in Europe.
- 2011 – The FIAT 500 Abarth is introduced in the U.S. and North American markets. As unique and determined as its creator, the modern Abarth packs a powerful sting.