Italy's Greatest Classic Hits
Let’s say it your life is boring, you want something that gives up on you every time you try to start it.
1. Lancia Thema 8.32
This Thema can be your own mafia car. Sharing the “Type Four” front wheel drive, front engine chassis with the Alfa 164, Saab 900 and Fiat Croma, and sharing the powerhouse with the Ferrari Mondial that gets this car to 146mph and gets it from 0-60mph in 7.2s, not fast by modern day fast saloon standards, but it's stylish and, for god's sake, it's a bloody Ferrari under the bonnet!
You can trust them as much as you trust your neighbor’s delinquent son with your wallet
2. Lancia Delta Integrale HF Turbo
Another great car from a time where Group B was alive and well and Lancia dominated it, this Lancia is the best rally car for the road. Built between 1979 and 1994, if you are on a budget get the HF Turbo, but if you can go for the limited edition homologation specials, the Integrale Evoluzione I or II, just do it!
Again, this will be as fun as Walley World and as trustworthy as a dead pigeon delivering mail.
3. Alfa Romeo Spider
What better than a little Alfa Romeo convertible to do some driving seaside in Italy? Yeah, I didn't think so. With 27 production years, you'll most certainly find your favorite spec, from the more classic looking Series 1, to the 90's influenced take on the original Pininfarina design, you even buy a limited edition "Niki Lauda F1" special.
If you dare to rely on this, you'll be disappointed, but happy!
4. Ferrari Testarrossa
From Miami Vice to bedroom poster, this or the Lamborghini Countach was in every little boy's mind. And now that the children of the 80's have grown and have money to buy them, the prices skyrocketed. The recipe is simple, a flat V12 coupled with getrag manual transmission and a leather interior with sprinkles of ashtrays everywhere make this the coolest supercar of the 80's, that your can still go for a drive without panicking about every single thing.
As the good Ferrari that this is, if you don't drive it enough the battery will let you down forgetting how to hold charge.
5. Fiat 850 Coupé
The Fiat 850 Coupé, I fell in love for this probably because I saw it in the last page of portuguese magazine "MotorClássico" showing the insane restoration work they did on that example from galvanizing every nut and bolt to parts cars and everything. Insane work that got me into admiring classic car restoration projects that much more. That coupled with the quirky looks had made a mark on my mind.
The little Fiat will make you as happy as a kid in a candy store.