“Dreams are what makes a man alive. Destiny rests largely in our own hands, provided that we know what we want and are decided to have it”

Matteo Licata
Matteo Licata
Picture of the Author, provided by… The Author!

The way I like it.


As the automobile industry goes “all-in” on battery electric vehicles, do Italy’s high-end performance car manufacturers still have a place in an electrified world?

Ferrari Testarossa
Ferrari Testarossa
Picture by Simon Bennett on Pexels.com

“A very fast car, usually one that is an unusual or rare type.”

And the world just can’t have enough of them.


Every professional field has its own jargon, and car design is no different. Here are five of the most curious terms from an automobile designer’s vocabulary, “translated” into plain English.

Matteo Licata Citroen DS design drawing
Matteo Licata Citroen DS design drawing
Author’s illustration of the Citroën DS

DLO or Daylight Opening


It may be hard to believe now that it’s a coveted classic, but the Lancia Beta Montecarlo, also known as Scorpion in the United States, wasn’t popular with buyers in period…

lancia montecarlo pininfarina
lancia montecarlo pininfarina
The 1975 Lancia Beta Montecarlo (c. Stellantis Emea Press)


The last XM left the Rennes-La-Janais production line over 20 years ago, and it’s fair to say that Citroën’s flagship for the 90s is aging like the finest Chateau Laffite.

citroen xm story
citroen xm story
A late-model XM in the Exclusive trim level (c. Wheelsage.org)

Project V80


If you look for Turin on Google Earth, you’ll find out that this city in Northwestern Italy is “known for its refined architecture and cuisine.”

Torino Valentino
Torino Valentino
The banks of the river Po in Turin, Italy (picture from the Author)


Citroën has been making forgettable econoboxes for a very long time now, but it’s not always been that way.

Matteo Licata Citroen DS
Matteo Licata Citroen DS
Picture from the Author

The compact flat-four Alfas created a whole new generation of Alfisti, over almost two decades of production. Here’s the story of this brilliant family of engines.

Alfa Romeo Boxer Engine
Alfa Romeo Boxer Engine
The 1712cc fuel-injected Alfa Romeo flat-four engine (c. Wheelsage.org)


Don’t let anybody get in the way of something you love.

Handsome man writing on a desk
Handsome man writing on a desk
Picture from Dziana Hasanbekava on Pexels.com


The classic Alfa Romeo V6 engine, nicknamed “Busso,” from his creator’s name, is so revered among enthusiasts that its presence under an Alfa’s bonnet often multiplies the car’s market value. Let’s go through the history of this legendary powerplant.

Alfa Romeo Giuseppe Busso V6 Engine
Alfa Romeo Giuseppe Busso V6 Engine
Alfa Romeo’s V6 looked as good as it sounded (c. Wheelsage.org)

Genesis

Matteo Licata

I’ve been obsessed with cars for as long as I can remember, and, after working in automobile design for a decade, now I am an Automobile Historian and Writer

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