The DeTomaso Pantera – An Italian-American partnership like no other.

What’s the most Italian American thing that you can think of?

For me, the first thing that pops to mind is pizza. Whether baked with a thick, thin or stuffed crust, with one or many toppings, pizza is almost as American as it gets. If one disregards its heritage, one could be forgiven for thinking that the popular flatbread had been invented in the U.S.A. The truth is that what the Italians call pizza is so vastly different from the American dish of the same name, like the difference in their respective cultures.

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The C2 Corvette Stingray – A split window wonder.

This American shark comes with a V8 and was born in 1963. Intrigued? Read on!

When it comes to judging beauty among postwar classic cars, most agree that the Europeans largely got it right. Courtesy of stunning coachwork from Pininfarina, Carozzeria Touring of Milan and Bertone among others, the cars definitely won the day in the looks department. A few contenders from Japan did crop up over the years, but could never compete with the Continent.

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Ferrari 308 GTB – The Italian Boulevard Cruiser.

A recent ride revealed that all classic cars don’t have to go fast to be enjoyed, something which is true of this Ferrari 308 GTB. 

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It’s late on a Wednesday afternoon in Dubai. The temperature is on the wrong side of 40C and humidity is increasing. I’m in the passenger seat of a 1976 Giallo Fly (yes, that is the colour) Ferrari 308 GTB heading towards the Meydan racecourse. The A/C is struggling to cope with the heat and a Little Richard 8-track is belting out some good old rock ‘n’ roll. Probably a good time for a person to say, “La Bella Vita.”

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