I will now present a random car from the “I’d love to have one of these” collection:
It’s a Lancia Stratos, famous for winning several rally world championships in the 1970s (including winning the famed Rally Monte Carlo in 75, 76, 77 and 79). It has a Ferrari Dino engine, less than a thousand road cars were made and it’s too small for anyone over 6 feet (I hit the roof when I tried sitting in one). Still, what a great looking machine.
My friend Richard recently sent me this. He’s a photographer and likes to go to the Bonneville Salt Flats to take amazing pictures of crazy cars and people.
News that the Smart car is coming to the US made the rounds a couple of weeks ago. I love cars, especially energy efficient ones, so I decided to drive up to Zap (the distributor in Santa Rosa) to see for myself. They have 5 convertible Smarts in their showroom. These cars are great! Very big inside, totally fun and perfect for San Francisco. They are clearly better made than the various other mini and electric cars that Zap has on display. I’m pretty much ready to buy one. Unfortunately, the sales guy told me that he’s been waiting to make his first sale for 5 months – because the car’s EPA approval has been pending. Once they have it, they still can’t sell in California. That will require separate state approval. Could be a while.