Sweet Old Rides

Sue, the Skinny Wench, opened the unabridged and found herself staring at the word OLD, this week’s A Word-a-Week Challenge.

Classic Car Show  - Vicenza< Italy | ©Tom Palladio ImagesWith the price of gas being what it is today, I’ll keep this note under the speed limit and let the below video take you around the block on its own.

Suffice it to say that youth has nothing over these steel-bodied, horseless carriages of yesteryear. They’ve all endured the test of time and have earned the right to toot their ahooga horns and proclaim themselves classics.

Enjoy these restored beauties — sweet old rides worthy of The Untouchables, Miss Daisy and the petrolheads over at Top Gear.

©The Palladian Traveler | ©Tom Palladio Images

The Palladian Traveler's Borsalino over cobblestone | ©Tom Palladio Images


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Tom swapped his hometown St. Louis Cardinals' baseball cap in the United States for a Borsalino and he now hangs his "cappello" in the Puglia region of southeastern Italy. A veteran print and broadcast journalist, with well-worn passports that have got him into and out of 50 countries and counting, Tom fell in love with the "Bel Paese" years ago. As he notes, "I'm inspired by the beauty I find in all things that are very, very old, and reliving history, or at least meandering along the travertine and cobblestone that were laid down over a thousand years ago and just looking up and marveling at what occupies the space still today, really gets my 'Vespa' running." Tom has a good eye behind the lens and is a graphic storyteller, but he'll let you decide as he keeps his camera batteries fully charged and the posts flowing from his creative hideaway in the hills overlooking Ostuni. You can also follow his dispatches via TravelingBoy.com and Anthology Magazine Ireland.


    1. That little red car is a ’65 Autobianchi Autobianchina Cabriolet (convertible). The green one parked next to it is a ’67 Autobianchi Giardiniera, a short wagon, which was built on the Fiat 500 frame. Fiat was partial owner of the Autobianchi line, joining forces with Bianchi. Glad you enjoyed the auto(slide)show.


  1. Uniche e belle!!! BTW, I heard on the morning news that Dubai police is getting Lamborghini white with green stripe in the center, just so they can drive around and catch thieves.


  2. Steph is not going to be happy that you didnt include a Fiat 500 and not sure the Autobianchi Giardiniera will count…


    1. I can only shoot what’s there. The 500 was not one of the cars on display. That said, there’s another classic car show this Sunday here in town and I’ll be there. I’ll capture a cinque-cento if there’s one on the lot.


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