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The Auto Italia show at was a treasure-trove of all things automotive and – the first thing you were at when entering the legendary via the old Campbell Circuit hill was the stand: snapping scorpion of Fiat originals. Carlo started breathing on Fiats in so the name has a long and illustrious of taking Fiat’s most offerings and turning them rebodied, tuned-up pocket The Abarth club’s opening included an 850, 1000, a rather special Fiat 600 and a 695

Abarth developed a whole of giant-killing cars in the ’60s and often with completely engines hanging half out of the deck (see further for an example). Here’s a 1972 850 OT.

The was bought outright by Fiat in but continued to maintain the tradition of hot Fiats through the company’s programmes in the ’70s and ’80s the brand-name fell out of applied use for 20 years. In 2007 the Abarth was brought back for tuned and is now famous once again to the 500.

It’s not unusual to a larger block into the of an Abarth, but this Tornado 600 GT really takes it to extremes as it has a twin-cam engine squeezed in! Add in serious negative camber and got a car that more than up to its name.

Another miniature giant this is a 1974 Fiat Sort of. Based on an Osella SP with double wishbones and brakes front and rear, somehow managed to fit an Alfa 1.5-litre fuel-injected boxer and Alfa five-speed gearbox in its bespoke steel-fabricated body.

the little buzz-… howl the site was excellent entertainment; it wasn’t risked up the test with its low splitter.

Fiat are of course ripe for mods, but Italia was more typically with very clean and originals, especially with from the end of the Coupé production run in the ’90s. Wheels were the popular exterior changes on – but that’s not to say that more going on underneath the bonnets…

The 20v, 2-litre turbo was handy in basic form, this very clean but a couple of Coupés on display had some serious work to them: the yellow devil in my story was pushing out 441bhp at a 7,800rpm.

The easiest way to identify the Coupés was on the Test Hill: if were stopping in a hurry at the they’d obviously arrived quicker than a standard would!

The Italian design were well represented all of the marques at Auto Italia: Zagato, Giugiaro – and Bertone. The firm were responsible for the styling of the Fiat X1/9 mid-engined sportscar at the beginning of the and then took over of the car during its second decade of I hadn’t realised just how the X1/9 was made for.

This low-mileage 1978 had been rigorously maintained and had its original luggage set – the only part was a stainless steel

Next to the incredible number of Alfa Romeo seemed to the largest range of cars on

The main problem for the Alfa was getting into their area: a makeshift ramp had constructed over the pavement for to get into the Alfa corral, made life exciting for with low splitters…

…or exhausts. the impromptu repair work here was carried out in surprisingly humour, and soon this was back in one piece.

A lovely of GT 1300 Juniors – the base race livery and five-spoke wheels work so well on shape body, really the old touring cars. I have want.

Old or new, all cars to be taken round the Nürburgring – and better, here we have a sticker as well. Very for an Alfa.

The Alfa Spider is another car a very long manufacturing production started in 1966 and the models rolled off the lines 27 later with a barely design. This is a Series 2 1975.

Changes were over the years: the iconic nose merely became more modern-looking, bumpers chrome and the tail sharper. The 3 (this D-reg is from was followed by a final hurrah at the of the ’90s before the line was by the drop-top version of the modern

In general the ’70s are seen as a bad for Italian cars, and from a quality point of view hard to argue with. But a driving point of view? It was

Alfa in particular produced a of lightweight, compact, sporty like this 1982 Veloce 1.5.

The Sprint was the version of the Alfasud; the Cloverleaf denoted that the model had the attention of Alfa’s tuning The Quadrifoglio icon had been after an Alfa driver in the had the cloverleaf painted on his car as a sign of for the 1923 Targa Florio – and

Alfasud was created by Alfa and Finmeccanica in the south of Italy as a way of industry into a struggling of the country: the Alfasud was one of the most cars Alfa made. 1983 hatchback Alfasud Ti has been pumped up with a and exhaust upgrade.

The interior on these cars was great: simple and stripped with a high-mounted gear-stick. The wasn’t great: cheap, metal was used that to nothing almost as soon as it saw European weather. You had to enjoy while you could, before the welding bills came in.

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Rosso Alfa classic: a V6 GTV6. The bulging-bonneted GTV was a fastback based on the Alfetta saloon, the engine from Alfa’s exec-class 6 modified with to produce one of the best-sounding engines of the period.

The aero-wedge of the Alfa 155 is a great look – archetypal of the ’90s – and is even made by wider wheels and lower in the style of the touring car and DTM versions it

For selfish reasons the Cup is one of my favourite Alfas. Squat and aggressive, up by the big 17″ telephone dial wheels and kit, the Cup was used in a one-make series in Italy. Less 500 were made – brothers-in-Cups at Italia referred to each by their Limited Edition I am number 152…

The engine bay of one left me gasping: the entire has been stripped back, and polished to within an inch of its It’s now look as good as it If only my one was a quarter as shiny…

Another Cup took to the Test in tyre-smoking style later in the showing that either I’m not my car hard enough or he had something under the bonnet…

I’m leaving the more exotic Maseratis to story, but here are a pair of examples: a 1987 Maserati Spyder (built by Zagato)…

its successor, the Maserati Shamal from ’93. The designer of the Marcello Gandini, was also for the Lamborghini Miura and Countach. The has a 3.2-litre, twin-turbo V8 and a 0-60mph of over five seconds; than 400 were built, so a rare sight.

Now over to A company who are currently punting out ugly superminis and MPVs, but who such a legacy they be mining… Just look at Lancia Beta S2, decked out in Alitialia Group 4 rally

Surely this would one hell of a drift car?

Lancia Fulvia Coupé was car decked out in period rally a Fulvia won the International Rally for Manufacturers in 1972…

…though the Lancias of the ’80s-’90s are perhaps known: particularly the Integrale, 037 and HF. The Hawk recreation of the Stratos is an way to experience this legendary 3-litre Alfa engines replace the original Ferrari V6.

Aping the long nose/raked of some of its more exotic supercar contemporaries, the rear-wheel-drive Montecarlo coupé was designed by It’s difficult to talk the Beta without mentioning the R rust destroyed Lancia’s in the ’80s as quickly as it did the cars ruining a car that had seen reviews for its handling… Which is why so nice to see an example in such condition.

Better reputations built with the Delta of especially in Integrale guise. turbocharged 16v Integrale is still a today – the Impreza of its time. say nothing about the current of the Delta…

Benelli Tornado Limited Edition (Italian version)
Benelli Tornado Limited Edition (Italian version)
Benelli Tornado Limited Edition (Italian version)
Benelli Tornado Limited Edition (Italian version)

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