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Is “A Fun Automatic” an Oxymoron?

Is “A Fun Automatic” an Oxymoron?

By Michael Banovsky / 17 Aug 2015
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Though the two main cars in our household both have manual transmissions, I was recently able to sample three very different cars equipped with “let the computer shift for you” transmissions: a McLaren 650S Spider, Fiat 500 Abarth, and Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack. And do you know what? One of those wasn’t too bad.

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Our 5 Favorite Classic Race Car Nicknames

Our 5 Favorite Classic Race Car Nicknames

By Petrolicious Productions / 5 Aug 2015
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A nickname is sometimes flattering, sometimes insulting, but always fascinating. Our next video features a car with a pretty epic nickname, and it got us thinking: which classic car wears our favorite informal moniker? From clumsy animals to tube-shaped vegetables, it’s interesting to remember how certain cars earned their names.

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Touring Italy Like Enthusiasts Used To

Touring Italy Like Enthusiasts Used To

By Jacopo Villa / 23 Jul 2015
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Going on a vacation with a pre-war car is heroic. It's true that many enthusiasts take their cars on long trips like the Mille Miglia or the Coppa Nuvoari, but to do a trip on your own, relying solely on your companions and a few spare parts is quite an adventure, even by today’s standards. The owners of these machines drove all the way from Germany and were going on vacation: isn't this just plain cool?

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110 MPH Terror From Italy: A Tuned Fiat 1100 TV by Pininfarina

110 MPH Terror From Italy: A Tuned Fiat 1100 TV by Pininfarina

By Jacopo Villa / 17 Jul 2015 / 5 Comments Read More

The summer is dedicated to car enthusiasts: the Mille Miglia, Goodwood, Villa d'Este, and so many others are among the major events that we wait for all year long, plus every weekend, you can go to different local car gatherings. And that’s how I stumbled upon the beauty you see here.

What’s Wrong With a People’s Car?

What’s Wrong With a People’s Car?

By Michael Banovsky / 24 Apr 2015
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Inexpensive to buy, own, and maintain, inexpensive vehicles have put millions of people on the road—especially in the wake of the Second World War. Now that many former economy-minded runabouts are classics, does it really matter that they began life several rungs down the ladder from sports cars?

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Italian Coupés to Suit Most Tastes, Available Now

Italian Coupés to Suit Most Tastes, Available Now

By Petrolicious Productions / 17 Dec 2014

For those thinking about buying a classic Italian coupe, there are options both extravagant and humble. There are Alfa Romeos, Fiats, and others that can be reasonably maintained and enjoyed. This week we’ve selected five Italian Coupes across the spectrum available now.

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The Fiat-Abarth Zagato is a Mille Miglia Marvel

The Fiat-Abarth Zagato is a Mille Miglia Marvel

By Petrolicious Productions / 16 Dec 2014 / 13 Comments Read More

As an enthusiast who has run the modern Mille Miglia five times, Carl Gustav Magnusson didn’t have to think long about which car he wanted when he began planning his sixth run. In his previous five races, each driven with a different family member by his side, Magnusson had piloted a Fiat Abarth Zagato 750 GT Corsa, a car that more than makes up for its small stature by packing a whollop of pedigree, performance, and noise.

Driven by Design: Fiat-Abarth 750 Zagato

Driven by Design: Fiat-Abarth 750 Zagato

By Yoav Gilad / 15 Dec 2014 / 3 Comments Read More

Based on the Fiat 600's floorpan, the Fiat-Abarth 750 GT Zagato "double bubble" was Abarth's aerodynamic, performance version of Fiat's diminutive coupe. It made its debut at the 1958 Torino Motor Show and went on sale the following year as a continuation of Abarth's 750 series. But this 750 was different as it was fitted with a 750cc Bialbero (DOHC) engine and featured an aluminum body styled by Zagato.

Driver Yearns for a Few More Horses, Fiat Steps In

Driver Yearns for a Few More Horses, Fiat Steps In

By Petrolicious Productions / 27 Nov 2014
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Once the kids grew a little older I sold off the Vespa and with a little extra money, I bought a nice little two-tone Autobianchi Bianchina Panoramica that was a real head-turner! Alas, it was also painstakingly slow to drive in traffic and after four years my right foot yearned for a few more horses. That's where the Fiat 124 Sport Coupe entered the picture and I went from 17hp to 110hp!

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Classic '80s Italian Cars For Sale Now

Classic '80s Italian Cars For Sale Now

By Petrolicious Productions / 19 Nov 2014

The '80s produced some pretty bogus machines as the auto industry finally began learning how to deal with the '70s emissions constrictions and OPEC shocks. But there were also some bright spots. Pull out your favorite cassettes because we’ve found some great '80s Italian sports cars, available now.

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Fiat Vignale For Sale Comes Pre-Named

Fiat Vignale For Sale Comes Pre-Named

By Petrolicious Productions / 14 Aug 2014

Some vintage cars are so abundant that they could be showcased in Market Finds nearly every day. This 1969 Fiat 125S Samantha, styled by Vignale, is not such an automobile. It's estimated that only one hundred of these coupes were ever built.

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This Fiat is Flat-Out Mechanically Made-Over

This Fiat is Flat-Out Mechanically Made-Over

By Petrolicious Productions / 4 Aug 2014

Wedge-shaped cars look as if they can cut through the air all by themselves, but the truth is they need engines to do that. Fortunately, the 1.5-liter four-cylinder power plant with which this 1981 Fiat X1/9 started life, as well as other major parts, has been thoroughly refreshed.

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