Wednesday, June 26, 2024

FIAT and Porsche Together Again!

Who doesn't love Corgis?

Once upon a time, when NMS-North still had a FIAT 500 Abarth, we bought a Porsche, and briefly had both cars until the FIAT sold. Well, that same Italian-German combination came back recently at a Greenville SC Cars and Coffee. I heard about this event from the Porsche Club of America, so we headed out to the Michelin North America HQ in Greenville SC. This month's Cars and Coffee of the Upstate just so happened to overlap with the annual FIAT Freak-Out!


The FIAT Freak Out is the national gathering of FIAT and other Italian makes, and it happens in a different city each summer. While I never attended a Freak Out before, this was about the next best thing! Let's see, Michelin is based in France. FIAT is really based in Italy, and Porsche is German. That's makes for a global cars and coffee experience for sure!

Saab Sonnet. You know that Saabs came from Sweden. Extra bonus points if you know the different generations of these cool cars!

It's an MG from Britain. More bonus points if you know that MG stands for Morris Garages.

I'm sorry I didn't look really close at this Italian one, some type of FIAT and/or Abarth is my guess. 

Not a FIAT, but more Italian goodness from Alfa Romeo. 

Pretty sure they didn't sell this one in the USA. 

Bertone built FIAT X1/9

DeLoreans still look cool, but they're still underpowered. If you're thinking John DeLorean was from the US, well, OK, but the cars were built in Northern Ireland from 1981-1983.

Lots of cars at Michelin North America HQ, Greenville SC. 

Why not start with a Lamborghini? The cars are from Italy, not sure about the toys!

Some great older cars on display, including this 1957 Dodge Custom Royal Lancer.

I just love this Lancer badge!

More Lancer!

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