In the late 80’s I was lucky enough to work in Italy for 2 months. On the weekends, I would travel from centrally located Bologna to other nearby cities, mostly in Italy but one time, even into Germany and Austria. I wasn’t as photographically inclined back then but I still took snaps with my modest plastic Pentax point and shoot.
On one such trip to Rome, I spotted a classic red Ferrari. Its sharply creased curves contrasted beautifully against the classic Italian architecture. Ferraris are rare, even in Italy. During my 2 months, I might have seen two. The guy in the van probably agrees.
I also discovered that car styling can be very location dependent. Around this time, Alfa Romeo imported the Milano sedan into the U.S., which you can see in the video below. I thought it looked goofy as hell. What I didn’t realize is how wonderful the same car looked in Italy. Its quirky design felt right at home.
Of course a Ferrari is no Milano and it’ll probably look good anywhere.
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