Cohort Sighting: Italian Graveyard


Rest assured, readers, that we’re not quite finished with AMC week here at CC.  There’s more of Kenosha’s finest in store over the next day and a half (and forever after that), but I just had to share these excellent photos of a Fiat/Alfa/Lancia graveyard uploaded to the Cohort by willmanhattan way back in May.

Pictures of these Italian retirees in what appears to be Australia seemed the perfect compliment to yesterday’s piece on the AMC burial ground.  There are a large number of models rarely seen in the US nor, at this point, in the rest of the world.  The red sedan with its rear end smashed in appears to be a Fiat 128 124 sedan and the pewter sedan to its left is an Alfa Romeo 90, the 164’s predecessor.


Most every one of Alfa’s most flawed (and to me, most desirable) sedans of the 1970s and 1980s is represented here, many from before the Fiat takeover.  Kudos to whoever can correctly guess the black car directly behind the white 156 (click for a better view).

The selection of Lancias is less impressive, with most models dating from after the Fiat acquisition.  Not a Gamma, Stratos or Fulvia to be seen here.

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There are a few Betas, though; there’s a blue Berlina shown above and an green HPE, at the bottom right of this picture.


As for Fiat itself, there’s quite a selection, from the family friendly 132 (parked behind the Celica and in front of the delivery van) to the spartan 126.  That Maserati Biturbo Spyder looks either to be a daily driver or newly left to rot among its compatriots.

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The rarest and most interesting car in this lot, however, is this white Fiat 130 sedan.  It was Fiat’s final executive car and came with the company’s only V6.  There can’t be many examples left in the world, especially of the sedan.

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There is, naturally, a Fiat 127, which Zastava rebodied with sharp early ’80s lines to create the Koral/Yugo.  The model pictured is a Series 1 and was once a common sight nearly everywhere.  I can see myself really enjoying one as a daily, perhaps with a big cam and dual Webers.  There’s another Alfa 90 decaying behind it and a Fiat 126 in front of it, slowly sinking into the earth.  Luckily, there are plenty 126s to go around.

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I’d be remiss not to give this X1/9 a mention, which still looks fetching in its metallic cerulean paint.  Extra points to those who can identify the red fastback squeezed between the two white 126s, and parked behind the leftmost red Alfa 33 (again, click to enlarge).

There are plenty of Alfa 75s and 164s to be seen.  Also note the Fiat 500 carcass in the very back.

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Whether the parts cars here serve much of a purpose to their roadworthy counterparts is debatable.  This collection appears to be more of an example of hoarding but if I were a neighbor, I wouldn’t complain.

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While not an Italian car, this Pug was styled by Pininfarina and, like large Italian sedans, was sold alongside a sexy and substantially different coupe variant.  Only its relative reliability and lack of lusty engines keep it from being an honorary Italian.  Just imagine if PSA decided to buy a bunch of engines from Alfa, saving both development money and the Italian firm’s viability.


I’m sure politics played a role in the way things turned out; French workers needed jobs too.  Unfortunately, I did not find an Alfasud, the Italian car similarly conceived with reducing unemployment in mind.  I’m slightly disappointed there was no Lancia Flavia or Fulvia on display, but I would like to think this simply means most are somewhere else, being taken care of.  The same goes for the conspicuously absent Alfa Giulia sedans.  Better to be loved and cherished than left to rot in this junkyard of good taste.