A(nother) firm favorite event of the year, this one says it all in the title. Hundreds of italian cars assembled in Seaside on the penultimate day of Car Week. Everything from the Fiat 500 to the latest incarnation of the Lancia Stratos by Manifattura Automobili Torino. There’s always a strong representation by the Ferrari, Alfa Romeo and Lamborghini owners. Everything you think you might see is likely there.
For me, it’s spotting the cars that are a little more scarcely seen, older Maseratis, any Lancias, and how many Miuras are attending. The 2016 show is burned in my memory where a very high number of them all showed for the Miura anniversary. This year the show featured only one, but a very nice one in Verde Giallo with a bright blue interior. Parked very near it was a Rambo Lambo, the LM002 off roader with the classic V12. Sightings of there are super rare, really appreciated soaking in the scale and brutality of the design, something I feel they should have drawn more inspiration from while designing the Urus.
Another rare beast was spotted with an Alfa badge, the boxy SZ. I’ve always had a lot of respect for this raw design. Like the fabulous fins of the Fifties, the form and styling are utterly unique to the era. Just trailing the SZ during the show’s set up were a line of De Tomaso Panteras rumbling down the hill to the display area.
The show featured a good section of modern Italian exotic treats too, Ferrari 360/430/458’s and a colorful selection of Lamborghini Huracan/Gallardo/Aventadors. A couple Countachs reminded them all who their daddy is. Also found in the same area were a clutch of Espadas, Isleros and a Silhouette (the model that would evolved into the Jalpa). Maserati alway show well with some beautiful Meraks and Boras, as did Fiat with a wide range of cars on display from the 500 to some great Abarths, to a sighting of a 130 Coupe.