On Italo-American Partnerships ::: Subtract Hair, Add Flair
*#@$% Play your strengths…Automobiles made in the US of A have always offered outstanding speed-for-the-buck; fire-breathing eight-cylinder engines and sturdy mechanical and electrical equipment, which were all then attached to heavy cookie-cutter bodies. Italia on the other hand, was always the center of knee-weakening carrozzeria which draws parallels with the female form: light, delicate, crisp, curvaceous, and above all - desirable. However, mechanical and electrical reliability was never these cars’ forte.
Deciding to go from strength to strength, Italian industrial visionaries such as Alejandro de Tomaso conjoined Italian flair with American strength and created pretty cars that were reliable and fast. However, I personally wish it happened the other way around.
I wish American manufacturers had realized at one point how much more amazing and desirable they could have made their bread-and-butter, hairy-chested muscle car classics by working with Italian styling masters. But back then, drunk of ever increasing car sales led by and industrial and economic boom, the Big Three were only interested in building faster and cheaper. Don’t get me wrong, I think the Mustang that donated its guts to the Italian styling exercise featured above was one of the prettier cars of the era. However, to me any American Mustang just screams “Fuck Yeah! America!!” very loudly, while the above Bertone Mustang slowly whispers in my ear “Take me…you know you want to…” %$@#*
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