A look at the photos of the rusty 1953 Lancia Aurelia GT, sold by Bonhams at Olympia, in London, on December 7, 2009, for $26,082, sent a rush of emotions through my head.
The first was admiration for the brave soul who would commit to such an ambitious project. Let’s hope he is well versed in metal repair and the intricacies of early post-war hand-built Italian sports cars. Even a sound example can spring some wicked surprises, as I can Read More
Most references politely say that Fanalone means “large lights,” but Italian friends have told me that it’s actually slang for “big breasts”
During the 1960s, the wonderfully nimble, front-wheel-drive Lancia Fulvia reigned consistently among the highest echelon of international rally contenders. Campaigned by the Lancia factory team in 1966, they achieved second place finishes in the Monte Carlo and Three Cities rallies, won the Team Prize in the Rallye dei Fiore, Read More
These lightweight, small-displacement sports cars provide a true pre-war motoring experience at a fraction of the cost of their more expensive French cousin from Molsheim
Of all the small sports-racing cars that proliferated in France after World War One, the Amilcar was the most famous and most successful. Built at St. Denis from 1921 through 1937, they did extremely well in the hotly contested 1,100-cc class, in which so Read More
Cisitalias are one of those odd exceptions to the “top goes down, price goes up” rule, and in this case the coupe is actually the preferred model
A talented “gentleman driver” and owner of the sports equipment concern Consorzio Industriale Sportiva Italia-or Cisitalia, as it was known-Piero Dusio recognized that post-war Italy would have a thirst for motor racing. He conceived of a one-make series to quench the pent-up Read More