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21/07/2022

Discovering the eClassic Cars.
Abarth 595

eClassic wanted to pay tribute to Carlo Abarth by including the 595 among the many cars available to be driven with its driving simulators.

In post-war Italy, when everyone’s dream was to own an automobile, Carlo Abarth – born in Austria to Italian parents and destined to return to Italy – sensed the existence of a potentially enormous market: tuning kits for production cars. This was the Italy of the golden era of the Mille Miglia, where anyone could become a racing driver for a day. Customers, therefore, were everywhere.

Soon, in his workshop in the ex-Cisitalia headquarters in Turin, Abarth created a relationship with Fiat, developing engines and, shortly afterwards, complete cars for more sports-oriented customers.

The 595 was one of the first examples: in his capable hands, the cheapest of all the Fiats, the small 500, with its air-cooled twin-cylinder engine and somewhat modest performance, became a dream. An enlarged oil sump with highly-visible Abarth writing (not a negligible detail), a bigger carburettor and manifold, and displacement increased by roughly 100cc, gave the car a power boost that surprised anyone who got behind the wheel. A highly successful result that won over the public as much as it did racing drivers, so much so that a special class was created around it.

eClassic wanted to pay tribute to Carlo Abarth by including the 595 among the many cars available to be driven with its driving simulators. Slow, of course, but really snappy and a lot of fun to drive, it’s perfect uphill but also on real or imaginary tracks like that of Black Cat County where we tried it out.

 

Photo credit: FCA Heritage, Abarth Classiche, Fiat

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