Market Finds: Weekend Playlist #5: Italy

Weekend Playlist #5: Italy

By Petrolicious Productions
April 2, 2015
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Italy is a place near and dear to our hearts, and so for this week we’ve decided to gather a few clips that help to capture the essence of the country’s love affair with cars. Even better, these videos show how diverse and rewarding it can be for those who wish to drive tastefully, whether on vacation or during a longer-term stay.!

In 1962, crime in Rome was remarkably under control thanks to the valiant efforts of the local police. To reward the success of the force, the president of the Italian Republic himself asked Enzo Ferrari to assign two very special Ferraris to police duty. One of the Ferraris is almost immediately destroyed. One survives to this day. This is the tale of the survivor.

For the young and young at heart, nothing captures the spirit of our built-in hoons quite like watching classic police chases. 

Before the summer begins, we’d like to take you for a short ride along the Adriatic coast in the town of Rimini, Italy—and the tale of Annalisa and her Autobianchi Bianchina

Jeremy Clarkson and a beautiful car made by two classic marques: Touring and Alfa Romeo. What more do you need to know?\

To be fair, we’re not sure if the video on the left was filmed in Italy, but it does contain several Italian cars. Why share it? It’s not often you see what traffic looked like back in the day! On the right is, well, an example of why it’s not a great idea to drive a car in a large Italian city…

This Italian-language documentary is about the 1952 Monza Grand Prix—a rare look at some of the stars and cars that raced on this high-speed track’s flowing curves. Even though it’s not in English, the footage needs little explanation.

We’re presenting two of our videos this week. We’ve been lucky to film many Italian cars, and one thing we’ve noticed is how inspiring they often are to people. The first is on an original Fiat 500, which allows its owner to completely warp back into the ’60s. The second is a Ferrari that has inspired a German architect to literally build his studio/garage around his beloved 512 BBi.

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Chris Leighton
Chris Leighton
9 years ago

Touring’s 8C – “as if the entire exhaust system is made out of Otis Redding”, well done Jeremy, even though you’ve lost your shine

Paul Davies
Paul Davies
9 years ago

Nice selection Petrolicious, thank you. The jam in Napoli is beautiful, the Fiat, the priest, the Madonna, the ham, the flower. Viva Italia.

Francois Bozonnet
Francois Bozonnet
9 years ago

grazie per questa selezione….viva italia

Niko PetrHead
Niko PetrHead
9 years ago

The opening section of the “1960s Europe Motorway Driving” is actually in Germany in the Ruhr valley (see the roadsign at 1:08). The second part could be in Switzerland, or maybe in Italy too…
The last seconds could very hypothetically be from the A8 on Cote d’Azur, but bets are off on this one.

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