Italian Car Maker

Creating limited edition automobiles can be a risque business, for too often the collectible nature of such a car is a complete contrivance. Made too many coupes? Simply repaint the leftovers, add...
Born in the wake of the 1961 Palace Revolt at Maranello, the Breadvan is perhaps the most instantly recognizable Ferrari—for both its quirky name and radical silhouette. This legendary car will be...
Early in Jack Smith’s writing career, the Philadelphia Inquirer dubbed him “Our man on the macho beat” for his coverage of the French Foreign Legion, pro football, and lion taming, and for surviving...
City streets, interstates, and showrooms abound with two-seaters masquerading as racecars built for the street. They are only perpetuating a myth, for tailpipes the size of toilets, a turbo or two,...
The public had yet to catch a glimpse of Speed, Style, and Beauty, the exhibit that ran from March through early July at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, before the controversy began. The MFA’s...
My favorite modern Lamborghini is the Gallardo. In fact, it is my favorite sports car, period, for reasons elucidated in last year’s Car of the Year issue. That said, the Murciélago Roadster leaves...
If the meaning of the Maserati Quattroporte’s descriptor is not obvious, it is Italian for “four doors,” but it does not refer to something stodgy, slow, sensible, and Omaha suburban. This is an...
Although its finances were precariously stretched by participation in various racing formulas, ranging from the grueling Formula One championship to hill climbs, Maserati nevertheless committed to...
The MC12 marks a new era for Maserati, whose last international race victory came in 1967, when a Maserati-powered Cooper Formula One car won the South African Grand Prix. As a manufacturer, Maserati...
The airliner touches down in Bologna, a group of Italian teenagers on board cheers and applauds and then breaks into a beautiful operatic aria. This is the introduction to Italy for a visitor...
For the last five years, American auto enthusiasts have been able only to watch with envy as their European counterparts snapped up the Pagani Zonda C12 and the more current and more powerful Zonda S...
Exclusivity just isn’t what it used to be. If you own a Ferrari Enzo, for example, you know that 398 other drivers are enjoying the same experience. Stylish and fast your car may be, but unique it is...
Ferrari’s inimitable Enzo, the Italian exotic of which only 399 versions exist, has been trumped—by a member of its own family, no less. Maserati ( www.maseratiusa.com ), purchased by Ferrari in 1997...
Aprilia RSV 1000R Factory An advanced Italian exotic exhibits slender sexiness. Ironically, for all the innovations aboard the Aprilia RSV 1000R Factory that aid and abet the fast-forward progress of...
Maserati Quattroporte The four-door cruiser represents the final phase of Maserati’s return to dominance. First into the fray was the 2002 Maserati Spyder, a cute little guy that drove and rode well...
Maseratis are probably the prettiest, nimblest, and most enjoyable little cars that American buyers have never considered. Shame on us, for any Maserati carries a competition lineage that, over a...
You don’t have to be a brain surgeon to recognize the racing merits of Ferrari’s stripped-down Challenge Stradale. You just have to drive the car. When he test-drove the Stradale—a lighter, faster,...
Luigi Chinetti Sr. did not consider his trio of victories at Le Mans his most significant professional achievement. The act earning that distinction occurred in 1954, after he retired from racing,...
This decade may well be indexed in automotive history as the era of big brutes hidden within the shells of sleek and sexy coupes. Aston Martin initiated the trend at the turn of the millennium with...
The 2004 Monster 1000 is not Ducati’s top performance motorcycle, but many of the Ducatisti consider it one of the Italian manufacturer’s most aesthetically appealing machines. The Monster is a naked...
When our January 1990 cover asked readers, “Is this car an original?” without a doubt, few who correctly responded in the negative could elaborate on their answers. Only the most fanatical Ferraristi...
Accompanied by a questionnaire asking the Ducatisti for their comments, photos of three Ducati prototypes appeared without notice on the company’s web site last October. “We had tremendous feedback...
For many, the indelible image of the Vespa involves a shapely ingenue, her tresses flowing in the spring air, zipping through the roundabouts of a European capital aboard the charming two-wheeler...
The Lamborghini Gallardo is my hands-down “Car of the Year” winner, simply because it does its job as a sports car so well—and its beauty seals the deal. The styling is fresh and new, not a hackneyed...
Recognizing that every motorcycle enthusiast should see Europe from the saddle of a bike at least once in his or her lifetime, Lotus Tours presents a way to take this ride in grand style with its...
For those who consider the 572 hp Lamborghini Murciélago too tame for the track, the good folks in Sant’Agata Bolognese have the answer: the Murciélago R-GT. Lamborghini has not released its...
The 1965 Maserati Quattroporte sat unnoticed by everyone at a California classic car show in 1978. Everyone except Oscar Crovetto. "Nobody knew what it was," Crovetto recalls. "I felt sorry for this...
Jim Bolton knows every inch of unused space in a Ferrari. “Some of the tighter cars are Ferraris,” says Bolton, the owner of Performance Sound & Security, a car audio aftermarket specialist near...
When Luca Di Montezemolo took the reins at Ferrari in 1992, he declared an end to the marque’s tradition of building the world’s fastest hair shirts. Luca’s Ferraris would go like hell and provide...
In the opinion of Chief Class Judge Winston Goodfellow, the Best of Show winner at last year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance should have been an unrestored 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Spyder...

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