I present my personal Needlessly Complex Italian Fiat. Purchased brand new by my Father when he was stationed in Germany just before returning to the States in 1970. The insurance company had a great first go with replacing a fair number of parts when it was striped at the port of New York before my Dad could get there to pick it up. They did a wonderful job color matching the new parts and returning the car to its preistine OE quality finish. After floating around the family it was given back to me and my brother for us to "enjoy". The canvas convertible top is mostly leak free unless you are in a car wash or any form of precipitation. Believe it or not the duct tape increases aerodynamic efficiency. The custom darkened rear window makes backing up with the top up a true test of your driving capabilities. The oil spots shown are it making it known the Fiat was there...sort of like a dog marking its territory. This car promptly lived up to its name for engine bay fires when it ruptured a fuel like while preparing for this photoshoot, but have no fear!! A temporary line was run directly to the fuel filler to keep us rolling. It comes complete with a well worn AAA sticker on the back...a good investment I am sure. The interior is complete with mouse droppings, rips, tears, mostly functions potentially accurate gauges, and a single speaker AM/FM radio that would give any Fisher Price Speak N' Say a run for its money. Packed in its go-bag are its service manual, a basic tool set, veritable cornucopia of fluids, and safety triangles...because we need them, a lot.
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