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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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One Vespa Leads to Another

One Vespa Leads to Another

By Petrolicious Productions / 25 Nov 2014 / 13 Comments Read More

When he was six years old, Peter Maas nabbed his grandfather’s garage key and snuck into his own future. Inside the shop, he found himself captivated by the shelves of carburetors and spark plugs, and old pictures of his grandpa’s TT racing days at Assen. From that moment on, Maas was obsessed with old things, and especially with old things that motored about on two wheels.

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Ercole Spada Became a Legend at 23

Ercole Spada Became a Legend at 23

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 24 Nov 2014 / 4 Comments Read More

The net effect was that the then-twenty-three-year-old Spada took the DB4, already a good looking car, and transformed it into what many consider one of the marque's most beautiful and desirable examples. The DB4 GT Zagato debuted at the 1960 London Motor Show to an adoring reception. The DB4 GT Zagato was only one of three Spada designs destined to captivate audiences that year...

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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A Useless Alfa Romeo Giulia becomes Essential

A Useless Alfa Romeo Giulia becomes Essential

By Petrolicious Productions / 13 Nov 2014
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To restore the body I built a rotisserie. Both side sills, and front and back floors had to be changed. All the mechanics were rebuilt, with an other "mild" engine tuning to get more HP, but keeping the original 1.6 liter capacity. I also added fast road camshafts, high CR forged pistons, electronic ignition and the color went back to its original Petrol Blue, or Bluette 506.

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Classic Four-Cylinders Exploring Natural Beauty

Classic Four-Cylinders Exploring Natural Beauty

By Petrolicious Productions / 4 Nov 2014
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I take the lead in my Alfa on a single lane road where tree tops form a canopy, its quiet and dark here. I have the top down and can hear the distinct sound of the air-cooled Porsche behind me. It is noticeably louder than the Alfa, and whilst in the Alfa a beautiful sound is produced between 2,000-3,500rpm,  the Porsche produces a very loud mechanical sound almost like it's roaring.

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Lamborghini Owner Enjoys Urraco Despite Traumatic Bond

Lamborghini Owner Enjoys Urraco Despite Traumatic Bond

By Petrolicious Productions / 4 Nov 2014 / 29 Comments Read More

Originally intended as “the workingman’s Lamborghini,” the Urraco’s 1975 price tag of $22,500 (approximately $98,000 in 2014 dollars) meant that the cars often ended up in peoples' hands who could afford to buy them but couldn't keep up with the maintenance costs of an Italian exotic. Ondrusek would soon learn this firsthand...

Driven by Design: Lamborghini Urraco

Driven by Design: Lamborghini Urraco

By Yoav Gilad / 3 Nov 2014 / 5 Comments Read More

The Urraco maintains a traditional mid-engine proportion with the doors pushed nearly as far forward as possible. However, the proportion lacks the visual speed that the Countach has because of the disconnect between the a-pillar and slope of the hood (much like the Gallardo, actually)...

Book Review: Maserati 250F In Focus

Book Review: Maserati 250F In Focus

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 31 Oct 2014
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The 250F was Maserati's factory entry into Formula One racing, where they competed against the likes of Mercedes and Ferrari during the 2500cc Grand Prix Formula years of 1954-60. Just twenty-six examples were built, and notable 250F piloti in period include Juan Manuel Fangio, Mike Hawthorn, and Sir Stirling Moss.

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A French Weekend With My Husband's Daytona Mistress

A French Weekend With My Husband's Daytona Mistress

By Petrolicious Productions / 30 Oct 2014 / 11 Comments Read More

I have just returned from a quick weekend in France with my husband and his mistress. I know what you must be thinking, but I do rather like her. Although she’s loud (and I hate her perfume), she’s undoubtedly beautiful (stunning really) and being with her inevitably makes us the centre of attention–whether we want it or not...

Giovanni Michelotti was a Prolific, Masterful Designer

Giovanni Michelotti was a Prolific, Masterful Designer

By Benjamin Shahrabani / 20 Oct 2014 / 11 Comments Read More

He is credited with more that 1,200 designs–cars, and even buses and trucks–where at least one model was built. The quality, quantity, and breadth of his work are just some of the reasons why he was inducted into the European Automotive Hall of Fame in 2009. And somehow, he also found spare time to produce a few cars under its own name...

This Ferrari 512 M Changed the Racing World Forever

This Ferrari 512 M Changed the Racing World Forever

By Petrolicious Productions / 14 Oct 2014 / 26 Comments Read More

When the Sunoco Ferrari 512 M first appeared at Daytona in 1971 it was a revelation. Manned by a dream team, the car combined Ferrari’s pedigree with Penske’s legendary attention to detail in everything from his crew’s uniforms to the polished wheels. Slated to run at Daytona, Sebring, Le Mans, and Watkins Glen, this 512 M was the odds-on favorite every time it rolled onto the starting grid.