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During the early 1950s, Abarth _x0019_s business was booming in three main areas _x0013_ custom-built racing cars, tuning/accessories, and modification of production cars. Abarth worked on modifications with a number of manufacturers in Italy and elswehere, and it was for the company's collaboration with Fiat that it became best known. Abarth _x0019_s version of Fiat _x0019_s little 600 appeared in 1956, followed by the 500s - the company would continue to produce sporting versions of most of the major Fiat models, bearing the distinctive scorpion and shield logo, until 1971, when Abarth became an integral part of the growing Fiat empire.
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Andrea Sparrow is the author of many books on automotive subjects, she writes with a light but amusing and informative style. David Sparrow is an award-winning photographer with an imaginative approach which captures not only the likeness of his subject but its spirit too.