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Italian Cars!

 

It would be impossible to talk about la bella vita without images of Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bugatti and Alfa-Romeos coming to mind!

Italian cars have long been coveted by all men that likes cars — I think that would be all of us 😉

 

Santa Margherita Italy - August 272016: Alfa Romeo 4C Spider on Alfa Romeo Summer Tour 2016 in Santa Margherita.

This page is obviously dedicated to Italian cars, it will include links to my blog posts that have to do with Italian cars, I will also frequently add inspiring videos and posters. I am sure that you will enjoy the information that I post here!

 

MONTE CARLO MONACO - AUGUST 2 2014: Yellow italian supercar Ferrari F12 Berlinetta at the city street near the casino.

 

To start out I would like to share this incredible video from Ferrari of the new 488 Spider, it is sure to make your heart race!

 

On the other end of the spectrum is Alfa Romeo’s long awaited luxury SUV, which is amazing!!! Even though it is a SUV it is said to handle better than most sports cars! I personally am a huge Alfa Romeo fan, ever since my first one was back in 1991, it was a Ferrari Red Alfa 33. What a fun car to drive around!

I have recently became a fan of SUV’s and was very happy when Alfa announced its’ SUV the Stelvio. I think that is a fitting name, the Stelvio Pass is found in the Italian Alps not only does it offer a breathtaking Panorama, but it was also the location of the highest and coldest battlefield of World War I. Now the name takes on a whole new meaning!

I really enjoyed the video below as I believe you will also!

Alfa Romeo has long been coveted in Italy, they are a bit more accessible by the general public than Ferraris —and other “super cars”— however, the emotion of driving them can be comparable!

In the United States Alfa Romeo was made famous from its’ debut in several classic movies, one of the most notable being the classic French Film Le Memphris (Contempt) staring Bridget Bardot. Bardot had to share the spotlight in this particular film not with another actress, but with the her red little 2600 Alfa Romeo Spider.

If you are in the mood for a classic movie this one is definitely worth watching, both for the Alfa and Bardot!

If you enjoyed these videos you will surely enjoy some of the others that I found. To see more of my favorite videos click here!

 

 

A BRIEF HISTORY OF ITALIAN CARS

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Most think immediately of Ferrari when they think of Italian cars —and rightfully so— Ferrari is considered the king of luxury sports cars. If you have ever driven one you understand why it deserved such a title!

In my blog posts we will be examining extensively the history, present and future of Ferrari, however, it obviously is not the only marvel that Italy has given the world of cars.

Italian cars, however, had a much humbler beginning. It is true that Fiat hardly evokes the same emotion as Ferrari, however, Fiat has played the most important role in the development of the Italian motor industry. Fiat was the first to manufacture cars in Italy, they registered very close to the beginning of the automobile industry in 1899. The name Fiat, has nothing to do with fiat currencies, it is actually an acronym F.I.A.T. stands for Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino which means: Italian Automobile Factory of Turin.

It was in 1900 that the factory opened in Turin with 150 workers they were ready to go, and that they did! The first model was the 3 ½ CV —which can be seen in some private collections and auto museums.

In 1902 with a 24 horsepower Fiat, Vincenzo Lancia won the Sassi-Superga uphill race, How things have changes since then! Fiat continued to make a name in the racing world and in 1908 opened a factory in the US. Although today Fiat is accessible to anyone and everyone, at that time Fiat was considered to be a luxury car only for the rich… Unfortunately I don’t foresee such a transition with Ferrari in the future. 😉

Please stay tuned for further writings on the history of Italian cars!

 

 

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