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The best minivan ever designed deserves much, much better than being the butt of too many bad jokes…

Multipla Fiat
Multipla Fiat
The future of transportation, according to Fiat in 1998 (c. Wheelsage.org)

one of the few cars to have been holistically designed around its intended function


Sports Car
Sports Car
The purest form of driving pleasure. Does it have a future? (picture from PxHere.com)

Their argument is a subjective one: they fear the “commoditization” of the…


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


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)


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


Over forty years ago, in the Spring of 1979, Alfa Romeo presented its new flagship: an imposing four-door saloon powered by a brand new V6 engine, meant to compete with the world’s finest cars.

Matteo Licata Alfa 6 book six appeal
Matteo Licata Alfa 6 book six appeal
The 1979 Alfa Romeo Alfa 6 (c. Wheelsage.org)

Yet everyone has forgotten it ever existed.


Alfa Romeo may be struggling to sell its wares nowadays, but enthusiasts sure can’t have enough of the marque’s classic models. Yet enthusiasts seem to have kind of forgotten about the 1977 Giulietta, and that’s the reason why I chose it, back in 2018, as the subject for my first book.

Alfa Romeo Giulietta Book Matteo Licata
Alfa Romeo Giulietta Book Matteo Licata
A 1984 Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1.8 (c. Stellantis Emea Press site)

When it launched, its striking wedge profile and short, stubby tail divided opinions


The story of Lancia’s v4 engines stretches for decades, dating back to the days of company founder Vincenzo Lancia and the seminal Lambda, all the way up to the last Fulvia Coupé rolling out the Chivasso production line in January of 1976.

Lancia Fulvia
Lancia Fulvia
The 1974 Lancia Fulvia “Safari” (c. Stellantis Emea Press)

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