When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie
When the world seems to shine like you’ve had too much wine
Cars have been causing me to launch into song lately. The other day, my Rambler 440 postinspired “Ramblin’ Man from the Allman Bros to ramble around my brain for way, way too long. But that’s OK because I like that tune quite a bit. Now Dean Martin’s “That’s Amore” has taken it’s place. I also like that tune if nothing for but for the image of a tipsy Martin slurring his way through it with a cigarette in one hand and a glass of the nearest booze in the other.
Now why would it be that this song is shoving its way to the front of my brain? Could it be that I have some Italian ancestry and have olive oil coursing through my veins? It could indeed. However, in this particular case, it’s because it’s so easy to fall in love with this Azzuro Blue beauty from one of the most unsung Italian carmakers ever: Lancia. Now you know why I’m singing.
While Lancia is known for being the most successful manufacturer in World Rally Championship racing, and I did a post on the Lancia Fulvia HERE, those who are Italian car enthusiasts don’t seem to have Lancia on their radar. In my recent visit to the Copperstate 1000 kickoff which I reviewed HERE, I had the opportunity to speak with a fellow analog enthusiast who oooo’d and ahhh’d along with me over the largely ignored Lancia.
The upside of having the horde ogling the Ferrari’s instead was that I was able to get some clear photos of the Lancia. Me and my new acquaintance just shook our heads knowingly and took turns photographing it. I’ll post those at some point, don’t you worry your sweet little head.
This Lancia is painted Azzuro Blue (I just had to say that again) over black leather interior, and a body styled by Pininfarina. It has a 2.0 L DOHC power plant, mated to a manual transmission, with rebuilt suspension, new brakes, pads, calipers, master and booster. The timing belt has been changed at 98k miles and is at 104xxx miles right now. Tires and wheels are in very good condition, and a push-button start has been added.
This is a bit of a project car however, and those projects are enumerated in the listing (link below). Briefly, problem areas are: power window lift rails need lubricating (windows are slow), needs new convertible top, fuel gauge is broken, AC does not work, and the back of the driver’s seat is ripped, but the seller is including an extra unripped seat. You can read further details HERE on the ebay listing.
But what’s a few minor Italian car bugaboos? That’s amore.