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Highlights from the 2018 Cars and Caffe Season Opener

Here are some highlights from the Cars and Caffe Season Opener. It’s a little late because I came down with a really nasty flu right after the show, so I’m playing a bit of catch up.

Enjoy this taste of much more to come from this phenomenal event. If you live in the northeastern US, it’s really worth the trip.

-Nick

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1953 Ferrari 166MM Barchetta by Oblin at Amelia Island

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I’ve seen a few Ferrari 166MMs in my time, but this has to be the most striking of them. The coachwork, done by a Belgian company called Oblin, has the fine details that set apart mere “nice cars” from the unforgettable.

Enjoy the gallery.

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Witness the brown-est Lamborghini Diablo on Earth

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Lamborghinis are usually seen in Skittles colors, but this Diablo VT 6.0 SE is pure chocolate. It has a stunning spec with a “Sunset Brown” exterior and a brown leather and carbon fiber interior.

It sold for $412,000 at the RM Auction at Amelia Island this year, delivered as new because it only had 14 miles on the clock.

Enjoy the gallery of this stunning brown bull!

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Ferrari’s only 3-Seater, the 1966 365 P Berlinetta Speciale, at Amelia Island

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People know the 3-seater design from the McLaren F1, but Ferrari actually beat them to it by a few decades. Back in the late 1960s this 365 P Berlinetta Speciale, known as the “Tre Posti”, was built for Luigi Chinetti. It is a one-off roadcar that was built on a racecar chassis, believed to be that of a 365 P-2.

This was my second time laying eyes on the 365 P in person, and the first time in a decently photogenic location. It’s quite a car, and its owner was making full use of its three-seat design with his wife (presumably) and child. I have to wonder if he used the car’s “practicality” to justify his purchase…

Enjoy the gallery.

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Alfa Romeo TZ Spotted on Amelia Island

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We saw this little Alfa TZ cruise by on the road during the Concours Parade. Its beautiful design was penned by Zagato, and it’s one of the most iconic Italian sports cars of the 1960s. It’s amazing just how small the TZ is in person, though. When you’re used to seeing it in photos, you aren’t expecting it to be smaller than a Miata. I just love it!

-Nick Walker

1983 Maserati Quattroporte III spotted in Jacksonville, FL

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Sometimes, you should expect the unexpected. This time, Nick and I were just moments from our hotel. about to relax for a bit before a night of karting and general tomfoolery before Concours Saturday. As we turned off the main drag for the airport into our hotel parking lot, Nick grabbed my attention at the left-turn lane–it was an old Quattroporte. What we have here is a stunning example of Eighties excess, and the last hand-built Maserati sedan before they left the USA market (to return later). Enjoy the photos of this rarely-seen Italian Stallion. Continue reading 1983 Maserati Quattroporte III spotted in Jacksonville, FL

A Beautiful Ferrari 488 Spider Spotted in Greenwich, CT

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White over red is an extremely classy color combo on a Ferrari. It’s not as vulgar and audacious as the classic red, but the red leather interior still gives a nod to the marquee’s heritage.

This 488 is a truly immaculate machine. Enjoy!

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Ferrari F50 at Cars and Caffe

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One of the hypercars present at Cars and Caffe was this red Ferrari F50. Once the ultimate Italian stallion, it may remain the ultimate analog Ferrari roadcar of all time. Long before the luxurious and technological frills of modern hypercars, the F50 was literally just 2 seats strapped to the V12 engine from an F1 car wrapped in a swoopy body with a big old wing. You had to physically shift your own gears, and there was no radio, no sound deadening, and the engine was actually a stressed member of the chassis itself so every vibration became a part of you on a deeply personal level.

They sure as hell don’t make them like this anymore.

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