Italian cars, specifically luxury and sports cars, maintain a global reputation for speed, design and beauty. Beginning in 1884 when Enrico Bernardi constructed the tricycle car running on petrol fuel, the Italian automobile industry started its long and rich journey in the transportation industry. The first actual Italian car was manufactured in 1896 then three years later, Giovannia Agnelli founded Fiat with his partners and they mass produced their initial design. Italy continues to be one of the top five global automobile manufacturers with Fiat dominating the industry due to 90-percent overall production. In perfect Italian fashion, the history of its car manufacturing reads like a soap opera including tales of mergers and acquisitions attempting to deflect the attention away from the designers. However, through a difficult financial period, the industry persevered and continues to deliver high-quality, powerful and beautiful cars. The following is a list of those cars including the top 10 Italian luxury car brands.
With headquarters in Turin, Italy, Abarth is a racing and road car manufacturer with a shield and stylized scorpion as their logo. The company is a subsidiary of Fiat and currently produces a variety of small street cars. Its luxury claim to fame is the Abarth 123 Spider which is a sports car and roadster.