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1969 Italia Spyder...one off

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  1. R33

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    Just dug out a few old magazines...Italian Cars Sports and Classic to be precise, a magazine that i have been unable to trace really.....anyway,
    After reading an excellent article on Archille Varzi ( what a guy ), i happened to notice in the for sale section a car called an "Italia Spyder 302 Auto". A one-off red model with many one-off features.
    Does anyone know anything about this car?
    It was part of a private collection and was for sale from Ruscilli Inv Co.

    Would really like to know what happened to this car, being such a rarity.
     
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  3. Miltonian

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    #2 Miltonian, Aug 17, 2005
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    I have that magazine. I'd have to guess that there is a good possibility that the car pictured in the ad had its front end smashed at some point, and someone "improved" the design during reconstruction. I can't believe it left the factory looking like that, but you never know.
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  4. R33

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    Thanks Jeff. That was a quick scan...lol
    It almost looks Scaglietti in rebody form. I agree that its doubtful it left the factory that way, unless it was a customer one -off request.
    Thanks for the reply anyway.
    While i'm here though, could you tell me how many issues of that magazine were made. I only have 1-6.
     
  5. Miltonian

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    Paul: I have what I believe to be a complete set of "Italian Cars" magazines, a total of 13 issues. The last one was called "Italian Cars & Bikes". I have never seen any further issues, but I suppose my local distributor could have simply stopped carrying them.
     
  6. R33

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    Thanks for confirming that Jeff. I searched high and low for info on the mag, and only came up with a 12th issue. Didnt realise they did a 13th called Italian cars and Bikes.
    Shame it didnt continue, as the write ups and pics were superb.
     
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  8. msdesignltd

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    Those may or may not be solid attatched headlight covers.
    I have owned 2 different spyders and one coupe. They are fun cars, especially the 351 clevland...Sore spots were rust and solid live axle rear. Knee action rear shocks were diabolical.But the visceral thrill was italian cobra.The profile of the coupe was unmatchable. Will dig up a few pics and post next week....
     
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    I have some on this but will have to scan an old book I have. Will post pics when I do.
     
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    I have Issue #14 dated 1993, I believe that was the final issue. The editior (Phil Ward) of Italian Cars & Bikes then started Auto Italia.

    Joe
     
  11. Miltonian

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    I thank you for that correction, Joe. I also have issue #14 of Italian Cars & Bikes, and didn't realize it was in the same stack. It's the only one with a blue cover.

    Phil Ward didn't become editor until issue #10 of Italian Cars, and the two magazines don't seem to be related in any way, other than the same editor and the same subject matter. I've never cared for Auto Italia, I don't like the writing or the art layout - too many tiny pictures, badly composed. I hardly ever buy it.
     
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  13. italiancars

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    There were a number of other magazines that were being published at around the same time as Italian Cars & Bikes. There was Ferrari World and another similar one dedicated to Alfas (Alfa World?) That now also gone
     

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