/ 17 Aug 2015
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.
/ 5 Aug 2015
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.
/ 23 Jul 2015
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?
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.
/ 24 Apr 2015
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?
By / 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.
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.
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.
/ 27 Nov 2014
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!
By / 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.
By / 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.