Abarth 595 SS art


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Abarth 595 SS fine car artwork by Marc Carreras.

Carefully produced with our giclée process to maximize color accuracy and resolution. At Simply Petrol, we use the highest-quality Hahnemühle fine art paper (315 gsm) with delicate texture and acid-free surface.

Giclée (French for “to spray”) is a printing process where millions of ink droplets are sprayed to saturate the fibers of the watercolor paper, resulting in pure, rich color and remarkable detail.



Coming straight out of 1963 we have this dual exhausted, two-door, four-speed, madly cute and utterly slow, 32 hp Abarth 595 SS – one of the slowest cars ever to make it to automotive art levels of fame. The 595SS utilised a Solex carburettor, bored out engine, high compression pistons, high lift camshafts, modified inlet ports, alloy large capacity sump and Abarth valve cover and air filter. Above all other achievements of this car, we have to say that this is the car that made it cool to drive a small, agile car with lower horsepower which managed to deliver high levels of driving excitement and adrenaline. When it came out, it was one of the if not the coolest cars in Europe and one of the only poster-worthy small cars out there. We all have imagined ourselves driving one of these vehicles in Rome on a hot summer day with the love of our life and hooning around the Coliseum.


This tiny Abarth 595 SS art is a pocket bomb tribute



This article is supposed to be about the mad car above, but we have to speak about the automotive genius that dreamt it and turned it into reality, Karl (Carlo) Alberto Abarth. This Austrian man of Italian origin has had a life no less exciting than his creations. Mr Abarth’s long career included being motorcycle chassis designer and engineer, a motorcycle-racing driver; he became European champion five times and founded two automotive companies with some of the most notable poster queens of the car history. His racing career ended briefly after a horrific incident, but he designed a sidecar for a motorcycle and ended up winning a historic race against the Orient express in 1933 racing from Vienna to Ostend. Carlo’s list of friends included Ferdinand Porsche, Anton Piech, Tazio Nuvolari, Rudolf Hruska and Piero Dusio. That is quite a list of friends when you are in the racing business.

Together with the people mentioned above, Carlo Abarth ventured into F1 car creation under the company name of Cisitalia which culminated in a car known as the Type 360. This car was jointly designed with Porsche and utilised some revolutionary designs and a 1.5-liter supercharged engine, sadly the design proved too sophisticated for the small company, in addition to F1 banning supercharged engines in 1952. All this resulted in Cisitalia going bankrupt, and Mr Abarth founding Abarth & C. together with his test driver Guido Scagliarini and finally selling it in 1971 to Fiat, but stayed in charge as the CEO. His life story is one of those that makes you dream of living in the era of cigarette smoking, muscular men doing unreasonably dangerous things with no one being there to regulate their actions and vehicles.

We are more than happy to share with you the pocket power of this tiny rocket in Abarth 595 SS art form, created by Marc Carreras and carefully issued by Simply Petrol.

Marc Carreras on his passion for cars, scale models, football, Barca, Porsche 993, working for BMW, and automotive design.

How did you get into cars?

Since I was a kid I always loved cars. My room was full with scale models and these were the only presents I asked for for a long time. Years passed by and I always dreamed in working in car design, even though I realized it wouldn’t be easy, however now I work as a 3D sculptor in BMW. So we can say I am surrounded by the automotive world.

If you have an option for a permanent exhibition, where would you like it to be?

If I could choose just one place to have my artwork exposed I would probably like it to be the Petersen Museum in LA. I was once there and fell in love with it. The architecture of the building and the exposition inside both impressed me, so it would be a pleasure to be featured there.

Imagine unlimited budget for just a one car. What a vehicle you’d have in your garage?

I would definitely go for a Porsche 993. This has always been my dream car. I was once very close to get one some years ago but was a little too expensive for me at that moment so I decided to wait for a little more. Unfortunately it has been one of the models which has increased the most his value so what was close to happen some years ago is now more difficult. I always regret not having purchased it.

Do you have specific motoring culture you admire and if yes, why?

To be honest I am more a fan of the esthetics of automotion than of the motorsport culture. What I love the most are the classic models, I think there is nothing like 70’s, 80’s and early 90’s if we talk about car design. I love the detail they used to put in each and every single part of a car. Also materials used were pure without as much plastic as we have nowadays.

If it weren’t cars, what would it be?

I have always been passionate about Football. I am a big fan of Barcelona and really enjoy watching it and also playing. Cars and football are my 2 passions.


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Additional information


Large – 28 x 28 inches | 71 x 71 cm, Medium – 22 x 22 inches | 55,8 x 55,8 cm, Mini – 12 x 12 inches | 30,5 x 30,5 cm, Small – 16 x 16 inches | 40,6 x 40,6 cm, X-Large – 38 x 38 inches | 95 x 95 cm

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Your #finecarart print will be laid between two sheets of archival paper. They are pH neutral (i.e. between 7 and 8.5) and will therefore have no chemical interaction with any objects it contacts. The #finecarart print will be rolled with the help of a smaller tube and will be packed in a reasonably heavy mailing tube with secure end caps. The tube will be taped around the end caps to ensure a tight seal.

4. Care

In order to preserve this piece of #finecarart at its best, keep the print away from fluorescent lighting and direct sunlight and from areas with high humidity, and at normal room temperature between 18 – 23 °C // 64 – 73 °F.

 : Marc Carreras
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