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This Alfa Romeo 1750 Spider is a Family Jewel

This Alfa Romeo 1750 Spider is a Family Jewel

By Petrolicious Productions / 18 Dec 2014
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Interest soon turned into a childhood obsession when my father dragged home a ‘71 1750 Spider as a salvaged wreck. I was overwhelmed with this roofless, [bent], red bullet. It was 1978, I was eleven years old and instant Alfa nut. I poured over the shinny Spider brochure on the coffee table and dreamed of one day owning an Alfa Romeo...

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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 / 12 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.

RM Auctions Ferrari Daytona Condo-Find Ready to Disco

RM Auctions Ferrari Daytona Condo-Find Ready to Disco

By Petrolicious Productions / 9 Dec 2014 / 26 Comments Read More

Barn finds are the ultimate in automotive mythology. It is the equivalent of sitting in a tavern sometime in the seventeenth century and being handed a map by a rushed, shadowy figure. Should you spend days and weeks and months chasing buried treasure? We’ve all heard stories of barn finds: Bugattis sunken in lakes to avoid taxes, neglected racecars in sheds around the world...

Book Review: Italian Café Racers

Book Review: Italian Café Racers

By Petrolicious Productions / 5 Dec 2014
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Mission accomplished! In the introduction to Italian Café Racers, author Uli Cloesen says, "If this book creates at least some excitement about Italian Café Racers [sic], then its aim has been achieved." For a Petrolista it would be difficult indeed, looking over the images, not to feel anything...

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David Lee's Ferrari Collection Will Make You Stay in School

David Lee's Ferrari Collection Will Make You Stay in School

By Petrolicious Productions / 4 Dec 2014 / 24 Comments Read More

Ferrari collections come in all sizes and flavors, and no two are ever the same as each collector has his or her own distinct collecting style. David Lee’s collection is perhaps one that appeals most to the younger generation of enthusiasts, featuring all the supercar Ferraris from the ‘80s to present, as well as some of the most beautiful examples from the ‘60s.

Book Review: Spada, The Long Story of a Short Tail

Book Review: Spada, The Long Story of a Short Tail

By Petrolicious Productions / 28 Nov 2014
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We see Spada’s earliest childhood sketches, and the experiences that helped form his outlook, how he saw the world, and the type of designer he would become. Uncommonly insightful, through Lenaerts's personal interviews with the designer, we learn how Spada was thinking through certain events and decisions, and his reflections decades later considering his own body of work.

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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 / 15 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.

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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