Italian Cars. old, new, ugly, exotic, anything from Italy

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  1. AceE

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    Hey! man that was the best car show ever! and Ive been to all kinds of them but that one was truly special.

    youre probably in this shot somewhere:
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    this was my car ('82 2000) that I did a complete resto on. everything on it, even sprayed the paint job myself that turned out so flawless it didnt even need buffing (at all)
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    same car that sitting in the middle of Turn5 I posted. here is a before shot:
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    I probably put more time in that one than any other. this is the guy that bought it and won its category that day IIRC

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    I remember all the rumors that FIAT was coming back to the USA and I said no way.. unless they rebadge them changing the name, they will fail. guess not, too much time had passed for the new school to remember them. Im glad they made it. I still havnt seen a brand new spider yet but the specs look like it would be a fun driver.
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    SnoDrtRider I've been lost here before...

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    I have only seen two in person. One was in the shop for some work the other was a race car that was hacked (IMO) for the track. Why anyone would gut a car like this to race is beyond me.
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    I remember the old hood badges, they were heavy, made out of some nice metal and would tarnish if you didn't keep them up.
    Then they changed them a bunch, pot metal crap.
    Always liked the Abarth logo and badge with the scorpion.
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    How about De Tomaso. Mishmash of Italian with American engines.
    The Mangusta. Interesting way the rear looks and opens up.
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    The Pantera, not a very good car IMHO, knew a guy who had one. It was fast, but so unrefined and loud that it wasn't fun to be in for very long.
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    I fell in love with those cars while in Italy. I was all set to come home and buy one...until I saw how much they were going for here in the USA. $20K-$25K for a driver in very good shape. Ouch. There is a company in California that brings them up to Abarth specs (1960s Abarth specs) and sells them. Super cool, but out of my price range.

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    GTV6 Ice Racer. Big fun in the rear wheel drive class.

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  7. AceE

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    definitely cool cars. my favorite along those lines is the AMX/3

    heres one (not my photo):
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    only 5 or so were ever produced by Bizarinni for American Motors but Im kinda partial as Ive had a few AMC Javelins. it also looks sorta like a real life speedracers 'Mach 5'. beautiful cars
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    I like that color a lot.

    The Italian /American mishmash had quite a few players at one time.
    Some were done very well, others, not so much.
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    When I worked at the dealer, we had a customer that had a Ferrari 512BB. I got to drive it a little bit, it was a beast to drive around town trying to drive under 60 mph. Once you got it out on the road and opened it up, it handled great.

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    And, as you can see, I am not a fan of red, I like my Italian cars in other colors.
    This 365 GTB/4 in yellow is so much nicer than that ugly red.
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    Then there was the crazy Lamborghini LM 001. Way before the Hummer came along.
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    SnoDrtRider I've been lost here before...

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    Had a customer at the Alfa Dealer that had a Pantera, he bought all this aftermarket stuff for it and I was the one tasked with installing it.
    From suspension pivots with steel bushings and springs, etc to these dumb SS engine compartment panels that must have added 200# to the car.
    I hated that car... the steering column was not in line with the seat or chassis so it was angled and off to the side WTF! So uncomfortable to drive and YES LOUD in the cockpit!
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    The very first car I ever drove (at age 14) was my dad's Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider - started a lifelong obsession with sports cars in general and Alfas in particular. I've owned a bunch of Fiats but Alfas really grab your heart.

    I've owned two Giuliettas myself and may even own a third soon if I can talk the current owner out of it. We call it Alfa Disease - incurable - you still want one even though you know they are bad for you.

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    Just like a Chevette!
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