Thursday, April 9, 2015

Auto Italia 2015 - Ferrari

What Italian car show would be complete without a squadron of Ferraris in attendance! Auto Italia 2015 was inundated with dozens of finely polished examples of Enzo's finest. 

I have several photosets of individual cars that I will post over the next few weeks, but this set caps off the 'marques' series from Auto Italia 2015. 


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Auto Italia 2015 - De Tomaso Pantera and Longchamp

No Italian car show would be complete without the streetfighter of the italian car world - the De Tomaso Pantera. And there was a small but impressive lineup of these, and one lone Longchamp, at Auto Italia 2015.

The Pantera was built between 1973 and 1993, with a rear mounted 351 Ford Cleveland V8 engine. In the 1980's these incredible engines were all Australian made versions.

As there was a 20 year run of the Pantera, there were quite a few running changes and there are some comparison photos of the more obvious external changes on this page. Of interest are owner modifications such as better cooling and massive engine modifications.

Enjoy the photos.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Auto Italia 2015 - Alfa Romeo old and new

Alfa Romeo owners were in large numbers with outstanding examples of their marque polished and cleaned for display. I don't think there has ever been an ugly Alfa Romeo built. Looking at the GTV's that turned up for Auto Italia 2015 reminded me of the day when a friend of mine placed his jack in the jacking mount of his GTV, to raise the car to replace a flat tyre, and the jack went straight through the rust and wedged itself in the sill!  None of the cars out on Sunday had that problem. 

The newest Alfa Romeo - one of the few times I had the chance to take a decent photo, it was crowded by curious car fanciers all day. 

On my way home I stopped to refuel, and this interesting Alfa arrived. I didn't see it at Auto Italia 2015, but they had come from there and were refuelling on their way home. So jealous...

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