1966 Lancia Fulvia Berlina GT

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This is a daily-driven commuter '66 Lancia, parked on the street in Alameda. Let's just pause and contemplate the meaning of that statement: here is a man who depends on a 41-year-old Lancia Fulvia for his everyday transportation! Your 400,000-mile Toyota commuter doesn't seem so daring now, does it?

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The owner of this car has a similar commute to mine, so I've been seeing it regularly for years. It drives on the Nimitz Freeway. It parks on city streets.

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It's a little rough, and no doubt is a veteran of thousands of roadside repairs (how many tools and spare parts do you suppose are in that trunk right now?), but it has outlived 99% of all the other 1966 cars ever built.

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Oh yeah, it's Italian. Even the hubcaps have style!

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The '66 Fulvia Berlina GT had an 80-horse V4 and could hit 60MPH in 15.7 seconds, which seems glacial by today's standards but was actually on the zippy side for little 4-banger sedans back then.

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Check out how the license plate has been trimmed to fit the Italian-size frame.

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The interior is on the beat side, but everything is there. Hey, it's got a four-on-the-tree shifter! How can you not love an old Italian front-wheel-drive 4-door with four-on-the-tree?

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And dig that crazy speedometer! Nice square in-dash tach, too. Think both of them work?

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Once again, it's got Italian style galore. Not only that, it sounds mean to boot. I want a Lancia now!

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Hedy Lamarr, a stoat

Climate must be mild in Alameda, wherever that is.

My old man had a Lancia Beta HPE, pretty as you like, which rotted to red dust in about 10 months.

This being by no means unique, the UK hasn't seen a new Lancia in 20 years.

So, Mr. Alameda Fulvia (which sounds like a Hispanic porn star, but we digress), we are deeply impressed.

And changing tack slightly, isn't it pretty?

There is just enough of it, if you see what I mean.

As opposed to the modern vehicle, of which there is generally just too much.