One of a Kind: 1959 Lancia Appia Giardinetta

1959 Lancia Appia C80S

When most of us think of Italian cars, names like Ferrari, Lamborghini, Fiat, and Alfa Romeo probably come to mind, but one Italian brand that is often forgotten is Lancia. The brand is now known for building rebranded Fiats, but at one time they built some amazing sports car. Those that lived in Italy or just have a true passion for the marque might even remember some of their rather interesting commercial vehicles. Well if you remember seeing Lancia Appia vans running around the streets of Italy or simply appreciate old commercial vehicles, than this extremely rare 1959 Lancia Appia Giardinetta should be of some interest. It is one of only a handful ever built and possibly the only one built for civilian use. Take a look at the listing here on Car and Classic in Torino, Italy. Thanks goes to Simone B for the tip! Read more »

1 Of 33: 1967 Intermeccanica Omega

1967-intermeccanica-omega

It may not look like much in the photo, but this 1967 Intermeccanica Omega is a very special car and with only 33 ever built, it deserves to be saved. It combines Italian style with American engineering, so it possesses many of the attributes of an exotic without the high maintenance costs. Unfortunately, after sitting in storage since 1977, it is still going to take a lot of money to get it back on the road. Some of us will see the potential here while others just won’t get it. Find it here on eBay in West Frankfort, Illinois. Thanks goes to Jim S for the tip! Read more »

Shelbys Uncovered In France

1967 Shelby GT 350

I recently wrote about an Aston Martin discovered in a barn in France. While the Aston was quite fascinating, there were other interesting cars in the background. The seller didn’t provide any information about any of them and since I don’t know French, I wasn’t able to scour leboncoin.fr for more details. There was a lot of speculation as to what other cars were parked in the barn, but thankfully reader Jo G was able to do some digging and discovered that the owner has listed some of them for sale as well. It looks like some of the speculation was spot on, so be sure to take a look at the other cars here on Leboncoin. Thanks Jo Read more »

Bargain Italian: 1976 Alfa Romeo Alfetta

1976 Alfa Romeo Alfetta

For nearly as long as I’ve loved cars, I’ve been a fan of Italian sports cars. There is just something about them that gets my heart pounding. I’ve never been able to fully understand why I like them so much. Perhaps it is their styling, their flair, or maybe it is something else altogether that makes them captivating? While I might love them, I have learned one thing about buying an Italian car. That one simple fact is that there is rarely a true bargain Italian. Most are becoming extremely costly to buy and nearly all are expensive to repair and restore. When Jim S tipped us off to a bargain Alfa Romeo I had my doubts about how much of a bargain it really is, as a matter of fact I still do. The seller of this 1976 Alfa Romeo Alfetta is asking just $320 for it here on eBay, but is it really a bargain or a money pit waiting to be filled with hard earned cash? Read more »

My Secret Dream Car: 1972 OTAS Grand Prix

1972 Otas Grand Prix 820

From the first time I drove a Fiat, I have been a fan of Italian company and all the oddball cars they have built over the years. I have since had the pleasure of driving a number of different Fiats, but there is one that I yearn to drive but so far has eluded me. That car isn’t one of their early cars or even one of the Abarth tuned rally cars, although these did come in Abarth flavor, it isn’t even really a Fiat. It is the OTAS Grand Prix 820, also known as the Abarth Scorpione and the Giannini Grand Prix, and while it might not be a true Fiat, it is based on the Fiat 850 chassis and drivetrain. This 1972 OTAS 820cc isn’t one of the highly desirable tuned versions, but is still quite desirable in my book. It has been in storage since the ’80s and has just recently pulled from storage. It is now located in Austin, Texas and can be found here on eBay. Special thanks to Jim S for the tip! Read more »

1966 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint Speciale

1966 Alfa Romeo Giulia SS

Alfa Romeo is known for introducing some interesting and unique designs, some of which are probably best enjoyed by fans of the quirkier Italian cars. You don’t have to be a fan of Italian cars or oddballs to appreciate the exercise of style and aerodynamics you see above though. Having seen a similar Giulia Sprint Speciale in person at the NW Classic Rally, I can attest to the beauty of these cars. Alfa only built about 1,400 of them and it seems few are still on the road. The seller of this 1966 Giulia SS 1600 found it parked in a garage, where it was on jack stands. They were able to make a deal with the previous owner’s widow and after purchasing it, actually drove it the 70 miles back to their own home without having to do any significant repairs. They are now parting ways with it and have listed it here on eBay in Midway, Utah. Read more »

Pint-Size Alloy Racer: 1952 Siata 300BC Barchetta

1952 Siata 300BC

When most people think of aluminum-bodied Italian sports cars, the first brands that come to mind usually include Ferrari and Lamborghini. While this rough alloy car body might look a bit like a Ferrari, it is actually rarer and far more intriguing than most run-of-the-mill Ferraris. This 1952 Siata 300BC Barchetta Sport Spider is one of only 50 built. It would never beat a Ferrari in a straight line, but these lightweight sport cars more than proved themselves on the race track and in a number of rallies. This one is going to need a total restoration and plenty of fabrication, but is being offered here on eBay in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma without a reserve. Sure, it would be great to find a Ferrari in a barn, but I would be more than happy to have found this hiding in an Oklahoma barn! Read more »

How to Fix a Leaky Differential on a Fiat Spider

Fiat 124 differential inspection

So now that I’ve announced my dirty little secret to the world, it’s about time to get my 1974 Fiat 124 Spider back on the road. Obviously my car is in need of a lot of work, but I decided to just start tackling each issue one at a time. Well one major problem that needed addressing was that leaking differential. Now I’m not talking about a small leak, it was literally pouring oil out. So I did some research and decided to see if I could fix the leak the easiest way possible. Since I’m tired of the garage smelling like gear oil and it seemed like a simple enough job, I went ahead and filmed the entire process and got it done in about an hour and a half. I thought you guys would be interested in seeing how I fixed the problem and hopefully my story will motivate others to get out into the garage. Read the entire process after the break or skip straight to the bottom of the post to watch the video! Read more »

Poor Man’s Ferrari: 1961 Fiat 2300S

1961-fiat-2300s

It may not look like much in the photo, but this is a very special Fiat. With a powerful inline-six and luxurious seating for four, this Italian was built for high-speed jaunts through the Alps. You may not recognize it though because few were built and even fewer made it to North America. This 1961 Fiat 2300S has a body by Ghia, luxury accommodations inside, and Abarth bits under the hood, so we thought a few of you might be interested. Find it here on craigslist in L’Orignal, Ontario, Canada for $5,500. Thanks Richard B for the tip! Read more »