"Cars That End in Vowels"

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Yes, FIAT does end in a vowel.  
FIAT is an acronym for
Fabrica Italiano
Automobili Torino.
All four words end in vowels.


1973  FIAT 124  Coupe
My Favorite Fiat
After sitting dormant for 12 years, this car is back on the road.


1980 FIAT 131 Brava
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This car was driven professionally in the exciting and glamorous import/export business, running drugs between Mexico and Texas.  It was confiscated and destined for the crusher but was saved by "Mr. Iron Butt" himself, the infamous Shaun Folkerts, veteran of countless Fiat rescues all over the U.S.  He drove it only once, on the 3000 mile "long and winding road" home where it was parked in his collection and not driven again until I took possession four years later.  After sorting out a vacume leak, a U-joint replacement and dumping the old gas, it was good to go.  In December of 2004 it became an everyday driver. 

Lancia is one of the oldest auto manufacturers, and arguably one of the most innovative car companies in the world, with many engineering "firsts" that are common place on many of today's modern cars.  Click on the Lancia logo to learn more about the amazing legacy of Vincenzo Lancia.

Vincenzo Lancia's Legacy

1977  Lancia Scorpion
Amazing Mid-Engined Sports Car

This car was bought on ebay.  I flew to Boston to pick it up, drove it back to Florida non-stop except for food and fuel, and it has been Teresa's everyday driver for about three years now.  Click on the picture to find out how reliable an exotic Italian sports car can be in everyday use.


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Previously Owned Vehicles

This Link is Still Under ConstructionSPACER.GIF (878 bytes)1976  Lancia Beta Coupe

A friend in Kansas stumbled upon this one and passed the info along to me.   Purchased it for $500.  Great driving car.  Was it a good deal?  As soon as I can find time to build  the Beta Coupe page you'll be able to click the picture and read on.SPACER.GIF (878 bytes)

1972 FIAT 130 Coupe
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Fiat 130 Pininfarina Coupe

I only owned this one briefly and never got it running, but here is the story... Early one morning, I checked my overnight email and found a message from a friend, and Italian car collector.  It simply stated "Do not even drink that first cup of coffee before you call me."  I called him right away and he told me of this Fiat 130 Coupe in California.  This is an extremely rare find.  Most Fiat fanatics don't even know this car exists.  It's a huge, grand touring, Pininfarina coupe powered by a Lampredi designed 3.2 liter overhead cam V6, ZF 5 speed, independent suspension at all four corners.....all the good stuff.  Unfortunately, I lost my access to a shop before I could get to work on it, so I traded it to Shaun for the yellow Brava pictured above. 

Daily Driver Until Rust Got the Upper Hand Former Race Car
 Red 74 Coupe   Yellow 72 Coupe

My Second Favorite Fiat From the Past  Ugly Duckling Transformed  My Favorite Fiat of All I've Ever Owned  
Blue 73 Coupe                                   Green 73 Coupe                                    Red 73 Coupe  

My First Scorpion  Daily Driver for 7 Years  Lotus Europa
   White 76 Lancia Scorpion      White 73 Fiat 124 Spider  70 Lotus Europa           

Amazingly Comfortable Highway Cruiser  The Best of Cars......The Worst of Cars  Shots of My 124 Coupe&Spider & My 2 Mercedes
Renault 18i Sedan                                 Audi 5000                                   Multiple Car Shots

Other Previously Owned Vehicles Not shown.  
1974 Fiat 124 Spider - Orange/Black
1969 Fiat 124 Coupe - Yellow/Black
1970 Fiat 124 Coupe - Green/Tan
1970 Fiat 124 Coupe - Brown/Tan
1971 Fiat 124 Coupe - Maroon/Black
1974 Fiat 124 Coupe - Red/Tan
1975 Fiat 124 Coupe - Red/Tan
1975 Fiat 124 Coupe - Red/Black
1970 Fiat 850 Spider - Blue/Black
1970 Fiat 850 Spider - Green/Black
1970 Fiat 850 Coupe - Green/Tan
1958 Fiat Multipla - Light Blue with White Top/Tan
1985 Maserati Biturbo Coupe - Maroon/Brown
1986 Maserati Biturbo 425 Sedan - Gray/Brown (auto)
197? Lotus Europa - Green/Black
1973 Renault Gordini - Red/Black
19?? Renault Fuego Turbo - Black/Brown
1967 Mercedes 250SL - Silver/Blue
1967 Mercedes 250S - Dark Red/Black
1967 Mercedes 250S - White/Black (auto)
1968 Mercedes 280S - White/Red (auto)
1970 Mercury Capri V6 - White/Tan (auto)
1968 AMC Javelin 343 SST - Red/Red (auto)
1969 AMC Javelin 290 - Metallic OrangeCopper/Tan
1970 Camaro SS 396 - Silver/Blue (auto)
1965 Buick Riviera - Dark Green with White Top/White Leather (auto)
1959 Chevy BelAire (Batmobile) - Blue&White/Blue (auto)
1970 Cadillac - White/Black (auto)
19?? Corvair Van - Blue/Gray

Other Daily Drivers Owned by Spouse(s)
1980 Chevy Malibu - Brown/Tan (auto)
199? Ford Aerostar Van - Dark Red/Tan (auto)
199? Chrysler LeBaron Convertible - Red/Gray (auto)
19?? Toyota Corolla (very small) - Yellow/Black
19?? Volvo 240 Wagon - Yellow/Black
1994 Volvo 940 Wagon - Gray/Gray (auto)
1978 Mercedes 240D - Yellow/Tan

Almost Purchased Vehicles
Lancia Beta HPE - Dark Blue/Tan
Lancia Beta Coupe - Tan/Tan
1962 Ferrari 250 GTE - Silver/Red (still kicking myself 28 years later)
Maserati Ghibli (Ford V8 conversion) - Maroon/Tan (auto)
Abarth Double Bubble - Silver/Black
19?? Hudson - Dark Green/Brown Wool

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