Automezzi XXII: Italian Cars Of The Rocky Mountains

(photo credit: Heather Ruch)
Automezzi Colorado is a meetup for people passionate about Italian cars. Featuring well over 100 vehicles as well as food and entertainment, this event began in 1990 and raises money each year for charity. (photo credit: Heather Ruch)
This black Lamborghini, all original with 3,600 original miles, is owned by Carrie Kroscher of Colorado.
1988 Lamborghini Countach (photo 1/3)
(credit: Heather Ruch)
This black Lamborghini, all original with 3,600 original miles, is owned by Carrie Kroscher of Colorado.
Kroscher saw the Lamborghini for sale online on a Friday, flew out to Louisiana Saturday, and bought it on Sunday.
1988 Lamborghini Countach (photo 2/3)
(credit: Heather Ruch)
Kroscher saw the Lamborghini for sale online on a Friday, flew out to Louisiana Saturday, and bought it on Sunday.
We know that sports cars are pricey to maintain, but how about paying $2,500 to replace one of the three small windows on the passenger side?
1988 Lamborghini Countach (photo 3/3)
(credit: Heather Ruch)
We know that sports cars are pricey to maintain, but how about paying $2,500 to replace one of the three small windows on the passenger side?
Owner Chris Coleman says he always wanted a Maserati. He saw this blue Spyder on his lunch break and bought it that night.
2002 Maserati Spyder (photo 1/3)
(credit: Heather Ruch)
Owner Chris Coleman says he always wanted a Maserati. He saw this blue Spyder on his lunch break and bought it that night.
This Spyder features a hydraulic pedal pusher 4.2 V8 engine. “You can't get faster than that,” says Coleman.
2002 Maserati Spyder (photo 2/3)
(credit: Heather Ruch)
This Spyder features a hydraulic pedal pusher 4.2 V8 engine. “You can't get faster than that,” says Coleman.
Coleman traded in an old model SUV and made this Maserati his daily driver.
2002 Maserati Spyder (photo 3/3)
(credit: Heather Ruch)
Coleman traded in an old model SUV and made this Maserati his daily driver.
Owner Brett Weiner's dad began working on this Alfa in 1979 at his Concours Motorsports auto shop in Colorado Springs, CO. Decades later, the car was unused and in storage. Weiner bought the Alfa and officially made it a member of the family.
1973 Alfa Romeo GTV (photo 1/4)
(credit: Heather Ruch)
Owner Brett Weiner's dad began working on this Alfa in 1979 at his Concours Motorsports auto shop in Colorado Springs, CO. Decades later, the car was unused and in storage. Weiner bought the Alfa and officially made it a member of the family.
Weiner added a racing grill from an earlier model Alfa.
1973 Alfa Romeo GTV (photo 2/4)
(credit: Heather Ruch)
Weiner added a racing grill from an earlier model Alfa.
A Jafco turbo kit beefs up the engine of this Alfa Romeo, installed by Weiner's dad in 1979.
1973 Alfa Romeo GTV (photo 3/4)
(credit: Heather Ruch)
A Jafco turbo kit beefs up the engine of this Alfa Romeo, installed by Weiner's dad in 1979.
Rocky Mountain National Park is a great place to drive the Alfa, says Weiner.
1973 Alfa Romeo GTV (photo 4/4)
(credit: Heather Ruch)
Rocky Mountain National Park is a great place to drive the Alfa, says Weiner.
This Spider was repainted in 1962, otherwise everything is original.
1959 Alfa Romeo Spider (photo 1/3)
(credit: Heather Ruch)
This Spider was repainted in 1962, otherwise everything is original.
With a 90HP 1.3L engine, it's considered by many to be one of the best-handling cars of the 1950s.
1959 Alfa Romeo Spider (photo 2/3)
(credit: Heather Ruch)
With a 90HP 1.3L engine, it's considered by many to be one of the best-handling cars of the 1950s.
Alfa started using a dual overhead engine design 10 years before Ferrari became famous for it.
1959 Alfa Romeo Spider (photo 3/3)
(credit: Heather Ruch)
Alfa started using a dual overhead engine design 10 years before Ferrari became famous for it.
This Lamborghini was originally owned by Wilt Chamberlain, all 7'1” and 275 pounds of him. The driver's seat was removed to accommodate Chamberlain.
1982 Lamborghini Countach (photo 1/3)
(credit: Heather Ruch)
This Lamborghini was originally owned by Wilt Chamberlain, all 7'1” and 275 pounds of him. The driver's seat was removed to accommodate Chamberlain.
Purchased before Lamborghinis were legal in the U.S., Chamberlain spent a year pushing the paperwork to have it designated street legal.
1982 Lamborghini Countach (photo 2/3)
(credit: Heather Ruch)
Purchased before Lamborghinis were legal in the U.S., Chamberlain spent a year pushing the paperwork to have it designated street legal.
The current owner says it is pretty easy to click off the miles in the Countach and before he knows, it the speedometer can reach over 160 mph.
1982 Lamborghini Countach (photo 3/3)
(credit: Heather Ruch)
The current owner says it is pretty easy to click off the miles in the Countach and before he knows, it the speedometer can reach over 160 mph.
Owner Marc Campolieto says his Pantera is a race car in show car clothes.
1972 Detomaso Pantera (photo 1/4)
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Owner Marc Campolieto says his Pantera is a race car in show car clothes.
Campolieto found the Pantera in a barn with racing tickets and a Frank Sinatra cassette tape in the glove box.
1972 Detomaso Pantera (photo 2/4)
(credit: Heather Ruch)
Campolieto found the Pantera in a barn with racing tickets and a Frank Sinatra cassette tape in the glove box.
Campolieto completely rebuilt the car by hand including chassis, wiring, suspension, lighting and steering restoration.
1972 Detomaso Pantera (photo 3/4)
(credit: Heather Ruch)
Campolieto completely rebuilt the car by hand including chassis, wiring, suspension, lighting and steering restoration.
Designed by Campolieto, this engine features a 408 cubic inch Windsor and nitrous tanks. Campolieto jokes that that's what happens when guys drink beer in the garage.
1972 Detomaso Pantera (photo 4/4)
(credit: Heather Ruch)
Designed by Campolieto, this engine features a 408 cubic inch Windsor and nitrous tanks. Campolieto jokes that that's what happens when guys drink beer in the garage.
Three Ferraris of the same model with different uses for the one owner. From left to right: 2006 Ferrari F43 Scuderia, 2000 Ferrari F430 Scuderia modified for racing, and 2000 Ferrari F430 Scuderia.
2000 and 2006 Ferrari Scuderias (photo 1/5)
(credit: Heather Ruch)
Three Ferraris of the same model with different uses for the one owner. From left to right: 2006 Ferrari F43 Scuderia, 2000 Ferrari F430 Scuderia modified for racing, and 2000 Ferrari F430 Scuderia.
The newest car in the collection, a 2006 Ferrari F43 Scuderia, is the last model year featuring a manual transmission with a dual clutch.
2000 and 2006 Ferrari Scuderias (photo 2/5)
(credit: Heather Ruch)
The newest car in the collection, a 2006 Ferrari F43 Scuderia, is the last model year featuring a manual transmission with a dual clutch.
This 2000 Ferrari F430 Scuderia last raced in 2010. Then Ferrari began a racing series for the 458 model Scuderia.
2000 and 2006 Ferrari Scuderias (photo 3/5)
(credit: Heather Ruch)
This 2000 Ferrari F430 Scuderia last raced in 2010. Then Ferrari began a racing series for the 458 model Scuderia.
This 2000 Ferrari F430 Scuderia can reach 0-60 in about 3.5 seconds.
2000 and 2006 Ferrari Scuderias (photo 4/5)
(credit: Heather Ruch)
This 2000 Ferrari F430 Scuderia can reach 0-60 in about 3.5 seconds.
This 2000 Ferrari F430 Scuderia features carbon-ceramic rotors and six-piston calipers for better temperature control.
2000 and 2006 Ferrari Scuderias (photo 5/5)
(credit: Heather Ruch)
This 2000 Ferrari F430 Scuderia features carbon-ceramic rotors and six-piston calipers for better temperature control.
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