Best Italian Classic – Top 5

So this mornings news article featured the legend that is the Ferrari F40, an iconic car if ever there was one, adorning bedroom walls around the world in the 1980’s and yet still sought after by those petrolhead’s with deep enough pockets. It is without doubt in my all time Top 5 if I had to pick 5, which is not an easy task. After all of all the cars produced how do you decide a Top 5? The question is of course what cars would feature? Well we are talking Italian only see here goes (in no particular order as they say!)…



Dino 246 -The Dino 246 GT was an evolution of the Dino 206 GT, with a larger V6 engine and a wheelbase lengthened by 60 mm. Apart from the longer body, the design was virtually identical, with just a longer engine cover and a repositioned fuel cap. The car proved commercially very successful, and three series were produced during its life span. When production stopped in 1973-4 demand was still high.



Lamborghini Miura – Very few cars managed to change the automobile world like the Miura. With its central engine and fascinating body designed by Marcello Gandini for Bertone, in 1966 Lamborghini redefined the concept of Super Car. Sceptical about the possibility of selling a large number of this sports car, Ferruccio Lamborghini decided to produce it on a small scale. Between 1966 and 1969 275 models of the 350 HP Miura were made and it was not until 1969 that its evolution was launched on the market, the 370 HP Miura S.


Alfa Romeo Spider 1600 Duetto – The Alfa Romeo Spider was launched at the Geneva motor show in March 1966 alongside the slightly more practically proportioned Giulia Sprint GT Veloce. Its classic sixties lines were penned by Pininfarina – perhaps one of the most famous design houses in history – which first appeared in the shape of the 1956 Alfa Romeo Superflow and 1959 Super Sport concept cars. One of those most beautiful cars ever.



Fiat Dino – Yes the ‘Dino’ name features twice in my top 5, this time courtesy of Fiat. The Dino was a front engine, rear wheel drive sports car produced between 1966 to 1973. The Dino name refers to the Ferrari Dino V6 engine, produced by Fiat and installed on the cars to achieve the production numbers sufficient for Ferrari to homologate the engine for Formua 2 racing. The ‘Spider’ would be my personal choice, roof up or down it simply looks amazing.



Ferrari F40 – Yes predicable given what I said at the beginning of this blog, but the F40 has to feature. The supercar was designed to celebrate Ferrari’s 40th anniversary and was the last Ferrari automobile personally approved by Enzo Ferrari. At the time it was Ferrari’s fastest, most powerful, and most expensive car for sale. It is a car that has stood the test of time, still longed for by petrolheads and to many seen as the car to even test todays supercars against for that driving thrill. A true legend, like Enzo himself.

It would have been easy to do a Top 10 list or come to that a Top 40, so many cars you would love to own or even just drive; the Ferrari 250 GTO? Lamborghini Countach? Alfa Romeo 6C? the list could go on and on…

What Italian cars would make your Top 5?…

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