Italian Car Model

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Sunday, December 23rd, 2012
Ape (Photo from Wikipedia) American tourists, being used to large pick-up trucks are always amazed when they see this little micro truck roaming around all the small towns in Italy. This micro truck has been an essential business transportation since post WW2 in Italy. Outside the main cities Italy has thousands of small towns, most of them designed in the medieval times on top of a hill or mountain to better defend against invaders. These towns have very small streets where
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Fiat Topolino 500 - 1939 - Photo courtesy of Friviere/Wikimedia   Topolino or "Little Mouse" is the nickname given to the Fiat 500, which was the smallest car in the world when it was first produced in 1937. The last 500 came off the line in 1975, and today the tiny machines have become instantly recognizable symbols of Italy.  Fiat 500 Topolino. Specifications When first produced the car was equipped with a 569 cc four- cylinder engine complete with side walve and water cooling
Friday, June 1st, 2012
fiat 500 Say the words iconic Italian motorcar to most petrol heads and they will automatically conjure up images of Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati. There's nothing wrong with this of course, as these names represent the very best and quintessential luxury sports cars designed to make a lasting impression. They are also a testament to Italy's strong sense of individual expression, extraordinary sense of style, design prowess and fiery passion.   Despite the attraction of cruising around in a
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Superleggera on Maserati If you are an aficionado of Italian cars, more than likely you have seen the “Superleggera” (meaning “super light weight” in Italian) badge under the marque of many fine vehicles. The credit for this distinguishing label goes to the Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera coach building company. More than a logo, in actuality, it is a trademark. The company acquired a patent for the “Superleggera” construction system that consists of a structure, which is made up of thin
Friday, June 1st, 2012
An alternative to many of the smaller models produced by Fiat, the 128 is a car designed for families. Launched in 1969 the 128 was to be produced until 1985. Though the overall look and styling of the car was quite similar to both the Fiat 124 and Fiat 125, the 128 was very influential because of its engineering, as the model became a pioneer in the front wheel drive design revolutionized by Fiat. Like the Mini, the 128 had a transverse mounted engine, though the main breakthrough for the car
Friday, June 1st, 2012
The Front of the newest Ferrari Official Press Release, Ferrari S.p.A. - The Ferrari 430 Scuderia. Michael Schumacher will officially unveil the car at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Maranello, 19 July 2007 - The new Ferrari 430 Scuderia will join the road-going V8 line-up alongside the F430 coupe and the F430 Spider. The 430 Scuderia is a truly high-performance 2-seater berlinetta which demonstrates how Ferrari's Formula 1 know-how is carried across to its production cars. The new model is a
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Abarth 695In September 2009, the Italian car maker Abarth chose to debut their latest model at the Frankfurt Auto Show. The Abarth 695 "Tributo Ferrari" is the new performance version of the Abarth 500. This car displays the connection between Ferrari and Abarth and confirms that both of these car makers have compatible values in terms of the definitive style of Italian design and superior performance.   Both of these names are well known to drivers who have a racing soul and they have
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Lancia Fulvia Coupè 1,6 HF 1971 - Rally del Corallo, Sardinia, 2009   At the 1963 Geneva Motor Show the Italian car manufacturer Lancia introduced the Fulvia, a model they would produce until 1976. Fulvia cars are well known in automobile history and won the International Rally Championship in 1972. While testing this car and its engine in 1967 Road & Track magazine described the car as being a precise machine with state of the art engineering.  lancia fulvia. Specifications
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Ferruccio Lamborghini Lamborghini Logo The entire mystic of the Lamborghini revolves around Ferruccio Lamborghini, who was inspired and determined to make his dreams become reality. His determination and skill allowed him to succeed. Lamborghini's parents were farmers. He was born in Renazzo on April 28, 1916. As he grew into a young man, his first love was mechanics and technology. He had no desire to follow in his parent's footsteps. He studied technology in Bologna and when he
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Lancia Flaminia GT The Lancia marque launched the luxury model Flaminia with a powerful 2,458 cc V-6 engine in 1957. In keeping with the Lancia tradition of naming individual models after Roman roads, the Flaminia was named after “Via Flaminia,” the road leading from Rome to Rimini. The car was developed to carry six people and was one of the most expensive Italian cars. Because of its luxurious space it became the favored vehicle of the Pope as well as politicians, celebrities and
Friday, June 1st, 2012
    Fiat 126 - Photo courtesy of Camilla_Giribardi/WikimediaFiat 126 is a small city car that was first been launched in 1972 at the Turin Motor Show. The highly popular Fiat 500 was replaced by the Fiat 126. Later on the Fiat 126 was replaced by the Fiat Cinquecento, which was a front engine, in 1993. The 126 was produced in Poland as the Polski Fiat 126p until the year 2000.   Specifications Fiat 126 had many of the same mechanical specifications as the Fiat 500 as well as the same wheel
Friday, June 1st, 2012
A car to be remembered by Italians and car aficionados alike, the original Fiat 500 was a revolutionary car in many respects, and is considered to many one of the most strikingly beautiful cars in the world. It is no surprise then, that Fiat wasn't going to let the "cinquecento" name go to waste for much longer. Exactly 50 years after the original auto was released on July 4th, 1957, so is the new model, the 2007 Fiat Nuova 500. Sure, there have been 500's between the
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Lancia Delta 1.8 TurboIn production vehicles the name Lancia stands firm in the history of fine Italian car manufacture, and with the new engine and improved, detailed styling, the Delta 1.8 Turbo Jet 200 HP is not only number one on the road but a star of the silver screen.  Although many films feature automobiles in a supporting role to the plot of the story, very few have enjoyed such a close parallel to its theme.   This fabulous car had a starring role in the movie Angels and Demons
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Ferrari 458 One listen to the Ferrari 458 Italia’ s exciting, powerful growl that revs the engine as it emerges from the three rear exhaust tailpipes won’t fully prepare you for the latest spin of the design genius behind the marque of the “Prancing Horse.” In the Ferrari 458 Italia, the designers at Maranello facility have elevated this distinctive new car to its 8-cylinder range. The result is a head-turning departure for mid-rear engined sports cars; moving it to a new level of creative
Friday, June 1st, 2012
In 1964 Italian car manufacturer Alfa Romeo introduced a range of small cars: the Giulia 1300, 1300TI and the 1300 Super. These three versions of the Giulia all came in a four-door design and a version of a twin-cam 1290 cc engine. The cars came with five-speed transmission and front disc brakes with the TI having more power at 82bhp. Between 1964 and 1972 over a quarter of a million Giulia 1300s were manufactured.   <strong><strong>Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ (Sprint Zagato)
Friday, June 1st, 2012
The Fiat 500: Piccolo Grande Cinquino Fiat 500 race Say the words iconic Italian motorcar to most petrol heads and they will automatically conjure up images of Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati. There's nothing wrong with this of course, as these names represent the very best and quintessential luxury sports cars designed to make a lasting impression. They are also a testament to Italy's strong sense of individual expression, extraordinary sense of style, design
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Alfa RomeoThe design artistry of the Italian automotive coachbuilders and manufacturers has gained worldwide recognition for outstanding quality and superior performance on the highway and the racetrack for over 100 years.  These masters of auto body design and engineering include Lamborghini, Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Maserati and Fiat, just for starters. But for many car enthusiasts, the name Alfa Romeo is the first that comes to mind as one definition of the essence of fine Italian car making
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Fiat 127 - Photo Courtesy of SSt/Wikimedia The Fiat 127 first appeared in the Italian marketplace in 1971 to replace the popular 850 model. The Fiat 127 was to be produced until 1983 when it was replaced by the Fiat Uno. Originally the 127 was only available as a two-door and it would later be produced as a three-door hatchback. The hatchback was similar to the original in style and featured folding seats and a rear door. The 127 was the first supermini hatchback to roll off at the Fiat
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Ghia 450SSHave you ever been stopped in your tracks at the sight of a beautifully designed car that was unlike any you have ever seen? If you have had this experience, more than likely the credit goes to one of the many fine Italian coachbuilders such as Giacinto Ghia and Gariglio, who founded the "Carrozzeria Ghia" of Turin, Italy in 1915.   One of the most famous names in the history of automobiles, Ghia brought to life some of the legendary car body designs of the 50's and 60's. This
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Fiat Bravo Computer technology has made a dramatic impact on the auto industry; in the past 10 years the integration of computer chips in many of the features related to safety as well as creature comforts has tripled from the previous decade. Now in addition to the functionality of the car itself, technology is being used to enhance the driving skills as well as the ability to communicate via telephone without taking your eyes off the road or your hands off the wheel. Professional racing
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Lancia Flavia 1967 The Lancia Flavia was a medium-sized luxury car first launched at the Turin Motor Show in 1960 with a 1500 cc engine. The car was manufactured by Lancia and by 1961 would be introduced into all major European markets. The Cabriolet and Coupe versions, developed by Pininfarina, were also soon introduced along with a few specials like the Zagato Coupe, which was quite eye catching. The performance of the Lancia Flavia improved consistently for the next decade as the
Friday, June 1st, 2012
The Fiat 500 could sit 4 people comfortably! Of the many Italian automakers out there, Fiat has been around for more than a century and is still running strong with 16 cars currently available in their lineup. Fiat came to be back in 1899 and has had many classic and revolutionary cars, but there has been one car that Fiat has made that tops all of them, and that is the Fiat 500 introduced on July 4th, 1957. The idea of a small, efficient car is a common idea for sure, but when Fiat
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Fornasari RR600 In simple terms, the Fornasari RR600 is a sports car disguised as a SUV. But in many ways, the innovative engineers at Fornasari appear to have taken a second look at the design Ford and De Tomaso developed with the Pantera; combining European design with the power of a North-American engine.   With the heart and soul of a racing car; it accelerates to 62 mph in just 3.8 seconds. This performance is due to its featured 6.0 L V8 engine that delivers an output power of 602 bhp
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Fiat 600 D - 1955 - Photo Courtesy of selbst/Wikimedia The Fiat 600 (Seicento in Italian) is a city car first built by the Italian car manufacturer Fiat in 1955. Production of the 600, the first rear engine car of its time, continued until 1969. When it was first launched, the diminutive 600 (it was originally only 3.22 meters long!) cost approximately 590,000 lira or 6700 Euro. Between 1955 and 1969, 6,604,000 Fiat 600s were built at what is now Fiat's Mirafiori plant. During the 60s, 70s and
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Zagato Perana Z-OneWhile it may be true that the world would not stop turning if another sports car was never built, it would be fair to say that life would be a lot less exciting without them. Basic needs aside, what gives us the will to live is desire and the Zagato Perana Z-One inspires this emotion well.   Zagato of Milan is a design and engineering coach building house that has bodied some of the most outstanding cars in the past 90 years including the Aston Martin DB7, Vantage Zagato,
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Pagani Zonda Many of the Italian cars that are driven today have their origins in the concept or prototype cars of the past. “Supercars” are most definitely the most spectacular in design, defying convention in many case with the objective of unveiling the extreme possibilities of automotive design. Truly the supercar is a fine example of fantasy on four wheels, with many of the most outstanding Italian designers establishing their reputations with innovations in the form and function of
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  1973 FIAT 850 Sport Spider The Fiat 850 is a small rear wheel drive car with a rear engine, which was produced by the Italian manufacturer Fiat from 1964 to 1973. At the time the car was first launched, Fiat was already a largely popular car maker with successful models in Italy and other parts of the world. The technical design of the Fiat 850 was a evolution of the Fiat 600, with an 850 engine capacity while the 600 had an engine with 843 cc. The Fiat 850 was available in two versions.
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Brand New Maserati GranTurismo Debut Maserati and Pininfarina have yet again teamed up to bring us a tantalizing and very bold looking new Maserati, which is set to debut at the upcoming Geneva Auto Show in the coming weeks as of this articles publication. The new GranTurismo is poised to replace the aged and lackluster Coupe and Spyder variants the company has at the moment. The new GranTurismo comes at a perfect time as the previous car has had marginal sales and has failed to grasp the car
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Ferrari 550 Barchetta Pininfarina "The 550 Barchetta Pininfarina is dedicated to those people for whom Ferrari's great V12 engined sports cars hold a special appeal. To those who truly appreciate the pleasure of driving both on and off the track with that special sense of freedom that only a roadster can give. To those who believe that driving a Ferrari should be an incomparable experience - a mixture of emotion generated by contact with fresh air and by the sound of the engine, precise