Stylemartin Wave Motorcycle Boots

Stylmartin is an Italian company known for producing some of the best motorcycle boots in the world, usually with a distinctively retro flair. The company is based 50 kilometers from Venice in the town of Montebelluna, in the foothills of the Italian Alps. The boots made by Stylmartin are designed to look a lot like…

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Johnny Hallyday’s 1965 Iso Grifo A3/C

The Iso Grifo A3/C was developed by legendary Italian engineer and test driver Giotto Bizzarrini – the same man responsible for the creation of the Ferrari 250 GTO, now one of the most desirable and valuable cars in the world. Sibling Rivalry Many years later Bizzarrini explained his philosophy in developing the Iso Grifo A3/C…

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Ex-Works 1975 Fiat Abarth 124 Rallye Group 4 Spider

The Fiat Abarth 124 Rallye Spider was a comprehensively re-developed version of the famous little Italian roadster designed to race in the Group 4 division of the World Rally Championship. Abarth is an Italian tuning house known for sometimes outlandish cars, built with an almost Machiavellian eye for performance above all else. Fiat took over…

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1942 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Spider

A Brief Early History of Alfa Romeo Despite its reputation for being quintessentially Italian, Alfa Romeo was actually founded by a Frenchman named Alexandre Darracq. At one point just after the turn of the 20th century, Darracq’s companies were building 10% of all cars being manufactured in the world – not bad for a guy…

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Restoring The 10-Litre FIAT S61

The FIAT S61 was astonishingly advanced for its time, it was designed and built in 1908 with a 10 litre (589 cubic inch), 4-cylinder engine, a single overhead cam, 4 valves per cylinder, 4 spark plugs per cylinder, and approximately 130 bhp. Just five were built in 1908 for the FIAT Racing Team, and some…

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Dainese Rapida72 Leather Moto Jacket

The new Dainese Rapida72 is a leather motorcycle jacket designed in the style of the two-piece leathers worn by moto racers in the 1970s. The “72” in the name is a reference to 1972 – the year the Italian company was founded by the then 20 year old Lino Dainese in Molvena. Dainese have introduced…

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1971 Intermeccanica Italia Spyder – Red On Black

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

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

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

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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