I've always had a link to Italian cars from an early age. I was almost born in a Fiat Mirafiori Sport! Everything from a humble Fiat 127 to a modern Alfa Romeo 156 v6 has had a place in our garage. Owning Italian bikes was something that was inevitable. They're like a posh girlfriend, i.e. high maintenance and prone to tantrums. You just accept it though.
Originally Posted by Linzi
I know I can't afford a Lancia Fulvia or other delightful car...
Me neither. The Fulvia was a great car, way ahead of it's time. I couldn't watch Top Gear when Clarkson trashed the old Lancia Beta Coupe. Yes, they were rotboxes and a product from the Fiat era but still a very pretty car with that lovely twin-cam engine.
I wish I'd bought one of the Alfa Guilia saloons (picture the police cars from the original Italian Job) or a Fiat Dino Coupe before, like the Fulvia, the prices went silly. May still happen as they're still reasonably priced in mainland Europe, even at today's exchange rates.
I spent the day in Alfa's museum in Arese a couple of years ago. It's a huge building, no other visitors, not even any staff, just me surrounded by beautiful cars. Everything from Nuvolari's Mille Miglia P2 to Nanini's 155. Quite surreal in a way as each car had a story to tell. I owned a 155 at the time and it broke my heart when I sold it
The Ferrari museum is in contrast, a disappointment. Quite clinical and soulless in fact. It's sole purpose is to keep tourists away from the main factory and workshops and it serves that purpose well. Unfortunately, that means it's usually full of tourists and there was more than one car where some cretin had tried to take a souvenir. Look for the black 166 from the late 40's if you visit. What struck me most was a historic race car i saw, loaned to the Galleria by an American "enthusiast" which had been so over-restored, it had lost any trace of the car it had been in the 50's. It's like saying, "This prehistoric caveman's axe has had a new head and handle 2 years ago but it's still the same axe".
I don't think so!
Monza is also a very special place and full of history. I was nearly thrown out of there for trying to get on to the oval banking, near where von Trips died. It will be a shame if they demolish it.
I know, I need help