1971 Intermeccanica Italia Spyder

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I have a bit of a soft spot for the Intermeccanica Italia Spyder. It has just the right blend of heritage and mongrel DNA, with a fascinating past and styling that doesn’t look a whisker out of place next to its considerably more expensive Italian brethren. THE STORY OF INTERMECCANICA Intermeccanica was founded by a…

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1974 Ducati 450 Desmo MK 3

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This article was written by the talented team at Ellaspede. Often the case with stock motorcycles, the best examples of each are usually those released in the final year of the model’s run. John’s 1974 Ducati 450 Desmo Mk 3 is one such example. With the superb 450 Desmo single engine, classic Italian looks and…

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1953 Piaggio Ape Calessino

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The Piaggio Ape was designed on the platform of the iconic Vespa scooter – “Vespa” meaning “wasp” in Italian, a reference to the side profile of the scooter with its bulbous rear, narrow waist, and handlebars that some say look like antenna. The Humble Vespa In many respects, the Vespa was to the post-WWII Italians…

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1974 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS

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There are few cars more handsome than the Dino. Along with classics like the E-Type it’s one of the most commonly referenced vehicles when you ask people to name the most beautiful car of all time. And for good reason. Of all the Dinos that were built, the “Chairs & Flares” variants are amongst the most…

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The Rambo Lambo: 1990 Lamborghini LM002

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The Lamborghini LM 002 was the first production 4×4 built by the Italian supercar (and tractor) builder, it was based on their 1977 Cheetah 4×4 prototype which had been intended for military use – with a rear mounted Chrysler V8. It’s not known how well-formed the plan was for a Lamborghini-badged military vehicle, although it’s clear that enough progress was made that the Cheetah was demonstrated for the US military.

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1968 Lamborghini Espada

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The Espada was developed as an ideal Italian grand touring car with 4 seats and performance to match or exceed most of the sports cars of the time. The unusual body of the Espada was penned by the great Marcello Gandini, the same man who designed the Lamborghini Countach and later the Lamborghini Diablo.

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1985 Ducati 750 F1

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The Ducati 750 F1 is remembered by the marque faithful as the last of the original Ducatis, it would be the last superbike developed and built by Ducati before the Cagiva takeover in late-1985. Controversially, Cagiva had intended to rebadge Ducati motorcycles with their own branding, however this would likely have led to an armed…

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1967 De Tomaso Vallelunga

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Only 54 examples of the De Tomaso Vallelunga were ever made, they were the first of the road cars built by De Tomaso but not the first cars – the Italian company had previously built cars for Formula Junior, Formula 3, Formula 2, and Formula 1. Alessandro De Tomaso Alejandro De Tomaso was no shrinking…

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Semi-Works Racer: 1983 Laverda TT1 RGS Corsa

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It’s thought that just 4 examples of the Laverda TT1 RGS Corsa semi-works racer were ever built, they were shipped to factory-approved racing teams in Italy, Belgium, Australia, and Japan where they were raced against the best in the world. The 1980s were a difficult and tumultuous time for Laverda, but few would disagree that…

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1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS

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A SHORT HISTORY OF THE DINO Purists are always quick to point out that this car didn’t actually wear a Ferrari badge – it wore Dino badging front and back at the direction of Enzo Ferrari himself, who wanted to create a new brand to compete with less expensive sports cars, with smaller-engines and a…

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1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Competizione

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There are few Ferrari 250 GT series cars as highly sought after as the alloy-bodied 250 GT SWB Competizione. Just 46 were built in 1960, their lightweight bodies in Competizione trim were matched with a more elemental lightweight interior and an engine in a higher state of tune. A Brief History of the Ferrari 250 GT SWB The…

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