At least once a day we hear about the glory of cars of years past, whether for their light weight, their simplicity, their manual transmissions or the way you could order options without ordering packages. But we know that we – and yes, even we here at Autoblog – romanticize plenty of it; that light weight meant atrocious NVH, those options sheets didn't include any of the things we take for granted in a Ford Fiesta today.

Nevertheless, there are those classics that make it worth it – for them it is no problem to endure the constant draft of bad window seals, the need to add another quart of oil every couple hundred miles. Petrolicious has found one such car and owner, Pierantonio Micciarelli and his Fiat 2300 S Coupe in Milan, Italy. His Ghia-bodied two-door can't be driven during the day and cost him 800 euros in gas for a 2,500-kilometer trip to a wedding, but the payoff is that moving beauty that makes him "feel like an emperor."

But there's no reason to listen to us tell it – enjoy Macciarelli tell his own story in the video below.


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      EtSM
      • 1 Year Ago
      FIAT made some awesome cars ... this is one of them, but of course there was the V6 130 Coupe (1968-73), the 124's in various guises, the 1500 spider, and much more recently there was the FIAT coupe' with up to 220bhp....I love them all
        cozmcrae
        • 1 Year Ago
        @EtSM
        I had a 1972 Fiat 124 coupe. Of all the cars I've owned--11 to date--that one was the most fun to drive. Fiats have (or at least had) a poor reputation for reliability but I did not have very many problems with that car. I think the reputation came from the fact that a lot of their cars had very small engines and had to turn a very high number of revs per mile. So, given Americans' driving style and general lack of care for their cars, it's not that surprising that a lot of the Fiats sold in America did not hold up. I'm not too interested in owning the new 500 but I do hope we'll get more Fiat models (and/or some Alfa-Romeos) here in the US.
        aatbloke1967
        • 1 Year Ago
        @EtSM
        The 130 didn't launch until 1969 and the coupe debuted a few years later. It ran until early 1978, but I agree it was a stunning machine. You might be thinking of the Dino coupe, which ceased production circa 1973. It too was a beautiful car, and exceedingly rare these days.
      Luis A. Martinez
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is and awesome car and is six in line sounds amazing,the look was copy for Plimounth for the barracuda and is not a bad idea from fiat to re-launch a newer version of this masterpiece
      Hazdaz
      • 1 Year Ago
      2400 KM = 1500 miles. 800 Euros = $1050 USD Gasoline is approx. $8.90/gallon in Italy which means he used about 118 gallons of gas to go 1500 miles. That Fiat only gets about 12.7 MPG. Ouch. Nice looking car though. From some angles, it reminds of a BMW 2002.
        Jay Temkar
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Hazdaz
        Actually it is pollution Tax, Toll Tax and other taxes that costed him much more than petrol ...
        aatbloke1967
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Hazdaz
        I've always likened the 2300 coupe to the first generation Plymouth Barracuda. In profile they're almost identical.
      Teleny411
      • 1 Year Ago
      Beautiful car and I love his sense of history. The coach built Fiats of the 50s and early 60s are generally very neat cars.
      James G. Banks
      • 1 Year Ago
      Fiat. Facist Italian Axis Turds. Thank you for buying out the lemon producing third wheel Chrysler. Thank you for hiring a drunken ******* has been (Charlie Sheen) to promote your trash in the U.S. Practical in cramped Europe maybe, not driving long distance across the U.S.
        aatbloke1967
        • 1 Year Ago
        @James G. Banks
        "Cramped Europe". It's so easy to spot an untravelled American.
      RetrogradE
      • 1 Year Ago
      From the headline (and I didn't read the article), I'm wondering if this man finds contentment with his right hand or his left.
      James G. Banks
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why can't he drive it during the day?
      drakkusshadows
      • 1 Year Ago
      Agreed. Why can't we buy specific options instead of buying a package or trim level for one option you want and 3 others you don't want?
        Susan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @drakkusshadows
        Because the manufacturers know most buyers will simply suck it up and buy the package regardless of the parts they are not interested in, and the big profit for a manufacturer is in the accessories. $1000 for navigation? $2000 for "premium package?" Bend over....
      Shane
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't always drive cars. But when I do, I drive a Fiat. Stay classy, my friends.
      arenadood
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sure he found pleasure in his Fiat. He had his Girlfriend with him on his drive.
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