If the title has you expecting a tribute to a charming little Italian compact, the car in the video is likely to surprise you. This is in fact a race car, built by Stanguellini using components from the Fiat 1100, but which bears essentially no resemblance whatsoever to look at. Not only that, but this particular one also has seriously modified bodywork, and therefore no longer even resembles the original race version. It is owned by a man who inherited it from his father, who had bought it 1955, and it already boasted an impressive racing history.

Mr. Lorenzoni uses the car to pay tribute to not only the era of racing when the car was used, but even the specific races that this particular car took part in. These were very different sorts of races, usually held on public roads, and it was watching the Parma-Poggio di Berceto go past his house as a child that first inspired his love of cars. He has been racing the car since 1977, participating in such events as the Targa Florio, Grand Prix of Naples, Grand Prix of Rome, and the Giro di Toscana. And it’s always great to see a classic car used exactly as it was intended.

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