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Sunday Drive: Retro Ragtops Star in FIAT vs BMW

After a long day brainstorming business ideas, the call of the road became too great to resist.  By mid afternoon my associates and I gave into temptation and took to the streets a pair of retro ragtops. There’s only so much inspiration you can gather in front of a computer, after all. I sniped mum’s…

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Italian Car Day 2010 (Video)

August 8th, 2010 was this years “Tutto Italiano” (Italian Car Day) at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum. And after having our FIAT held hostage by our mechanic for two months, my father and I were pretty excited to clean it up and park it between some other showpieces. Apparently we weren’t the only ones with…

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FIAT’s Back, and Beautiful

After a long two months of great convertible weather passed, Nino finally relinquished dad’s FIAT Spider 2000. While it still may not be perfect, it sure looks good. We decided to immortalize it while we could, before some jackass in the Crosby’s parking lot opens the door of their QX56 too close and squashes it.…

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Where is the FIAT?

“De kahr e dun” was the message my father received from our wacky FIAT-obsessed Italian mechanic. Interpreting that as “The car is done” we grabbed the checkbook and drove out to Kettle Cove industrial park to pick up our newly-restored ’79 Spider. But as soon as we rolled up we knew something had been lost…

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Connections in the Car Industry

When you buy a Lincoln Navigator, you’re getting a Ford Expedition with a nicer interior and a body kit.  Same goes for a a Cadillac Escalade and its dad the Chevy Tahoe.  Even a Lamborghini Gallardo has a lot of carry-over from an Audi. These automaker alliances are well known and pretty easy to spot…

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FIAT Spider Restoration: Stage 1

The family’s beloved roadster, the 1979 FIAT Spider 2000 that raised me is finally getting the treatment it deserves- an almost full restoration back to its original glory with a working roof, heater, and an absence of rust. Dad dropped it off at our mechanic’s, an animated Italian fellow named Nino DeMayo (for real) who…