Sunday, November 19, 2023

Motori Italiani

Here's my favorite on the day, Julie looking at a 1967 Lamborghini Miura. 
My new nickname for Julie is based on an Alfa Romeo model we saw at this show, the "Giulia Super!"

When I lived in SC from 2009-2014, I remember going to some great Italian car shows up in Charlotte NC, and as luck would have it, they still take place! As a fan of Italian cars, and a previous owner of a FIAT, it's always nice to go see some nice Italians, like at the annual Motori Italiani car show. 

This year's show was held close to home, and right here in Rock Hill SC, on the beautiful campus of Winthrop University. Let's take a look at some of the highlights! 

1995 Lamborghini Diablo VT
The "VT" part isn't Vermont, it tells you that this car has all-wheel drive, or Viscous Traction

Not 1, not 2, but 3 Ferrari 308GT4. 
OK, really, they are badged as Dino, but Ferrari didn't want people mad that he'd built an 8 cylinder instead of his usual 12-cylinder motor, so they didn't carry the Ferrari badge at first. 

Named for Enzo Ferrari's son, Dino.

This FIAT X/19 was in the FIAT section, but as a later model, it was built by and imported as a Bertone. 

A very nice Bertone badge. You might see some different Bertone badges on this page too!

1974 Alfa Romeo GTV

1973 Alfa Romeo Giulia Super

Ferrari Testarossa, with the epic intakes in the door to feed air to the engine. 

12-cylinder mid-engine Ferrari Testarossa.

Ferrari 365GTB/4 "Daytona"

1980 Ferrari 512 BB

Not all Ferraris are red, imagine that!
1983 308 GTS Quattrovalvole, and a 1967 GTC

Ferrari 348, side strikes similar to the Testarossa.

I looked all over and didn't see Bond, James Bond.

The previous 348 was upgraded to a larger engine, this is the 355. The big air intake on the lower doors is one way to tell. 

The EASY way to tell what model this is, just read the 355 on the back end! This one is a little bit special though, since the badge says F1 Spider. Spider means it's convertible, but the F1 part on a 355 is the first time they put the paddle shifters developed in Formula 1 on a road car. 

Lamborghini Aventador SVJ

Gullwing doors on a Lambo? No way!

SPOILER ALERT! Courtesy of the Lambo Diablo VT.

Diablo on the left, Miura on the right! Wow!

This next car is definitely something you don't see every day! Instead of a plain old Ferrari 328, this is a 328 Turbo, and Ferrari only made 308 of them as GTB (hard top) models, and 828 GTS (convertible) versions. The sign also states that this is the only GTB in this color!

Ferrari GTB Turbo, you can see the NACA intake duct in front of the rear wheel. 
From what I've read, the smaller engine turbo cars like this still performed almost as fast as the non-turbos with larger engines.

I'd never seen this badging before.

1989 GTB Turbo

1969 Iso Grifo!  These were built from 1965-1974, using American V8 engines. From what I read, this probably has a Chevy small block, good for about 300HP. 

Great front badges for Iso and Grifo.

Designed by Bertone.

As a 1969, this would be a first series version of the Iso Grifo, and one of only 330 that were built over several years. 

Iso Grifo badge on the trunk.

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