One thing many people don’t know about me is that I love classic cars. My first car was a 1966 Mustang coupe, and I just loved it. And, yes, I drove around listening to “Mustang Sally.” Unfortunately, I knew the snowy winters of Minnesota would do more than just slow that Mustang down, and I had to sell it for a more practical car. You know, one of those fancy cars with automatic windows and locks, a rear window defroster, and a heater that actually works. Gasp! It didn’t take long in Minnesota before I grew to love those new-fangled contraptions. But I still think fondly of my first car, especially when I watch “Un Homme et Une Femme.”

I was quite giddy last weekend when I stopped in Amalfi and found it full of beautiful classic cars! The Automotoclub Storico Italiano had stopped in Amalfi and took over the parking areas around Piazza Flavio Gioia during their Penninsula Sorrentina “Trofeo Marco Polo” from May 22-24th. So many beautiful cars! I wandered around in the hot sun trying to decide which one I would pick if I could. It is a fun game . . .

I have always been a fan of Jaguars, especially the wire wheels.

You can’t get more Italian than a Ferrari Testarossa,
but could you imagine driving this on the Amalfi Coast
road? Um, no, ma grazie lo stesso.

If you like quirky, then you would have to go for this
1984 Citroen Charleston.

In the end I settled on this beautiful Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider from the late 50’s. I decided it would be small and zippy enough for the Amalfi Coast road, and the convertible top was a must. Now that would be driving in style!

  • traveldreamsandmoonbeams

    OMG – I knew it – we are kindred car freaks. I’ve owned 3 pony cars in my life but there’s nothing like the 1966 classic. OK, next time it’ll be an MGB GT or something close, OK?

    May 28, 2009
  • Laura

    Ciao! Did you like the movie clip I linked to in this post? A must see for all Mustang fans. An MGB would be perfect for the Coast, and much smaller than that mammoth Mercedes! 🙂 Although I did feel so fancy. I’ll go anywhere as long as you are in charge of the driving! 🙂

    May 28, 2009
  • Lucia

    I love it. I remember in 1983 piling in to a Citron older then that…lol…In Toronto, my friend and I go to car shows alot. I”ll have to post pictures the next time I go. I was had a guy take me out for coffee in the ALFA he owned and then spilled the coffee all over me because he insisted on driving while I drank it. Once with him once enough but I missed the car!

    May 28, 2009
  • Lisa

    Just watched the clip – una spiaggia e un Mustang – perfetto. But the soundtrack shoulda been “Return to Sorrento” ROFL

    May 28, 2009
  • Laura

    Ciao Lucia! I love car shows! I look forward to seeing your photos. Yeah, in your story the car sounded like a better deal than the guy! 🙂

    Ciao Lisa! Hah! My mom agreed. That would be perfect! 🙂

    May 29, 2009
  • Gil

    Thanks for sharing these lovely pictures. I had an Austin Healey 3000 in the mid 60’s. It wasn’t too practical for Connecticut winters and after a year or so I bought a new 1967 Volvo 122s. I wish I had either of those cars today.

    May 29, 2009
  • Chef Chuck

    Oldies but goodies!

    May 29, 2009
  • Laura

    Ciao Gil! You are very welcome! I like the Austin Healey 3000’s. I wish I had my car today, too!

    Ciao Chuck! Definitely! It was fun to see them in Amalfi. 🙂

    May 29, 2009
  • PierreJ

    Stumbled across your Blog whilst researching for trivago. Some really great cars – thanks for sharing the experience! Been fun browsing and I will be back for more, so keep them coming 😉

    May 30, 2009
  • Laura

    Ciao Pierre! So happy you found Ciao Amalfi and stopped by to say hi! Thanks for sharing the site Trivago. I hadn’t come across it before and I like it. Stop back by often! Ciao ciao!

    May 31, 2009

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