If the Fiat group’s gutting of Lancia doesn’t bring a tear to your eye you don’t deserve to call yourself a petrolhead. OK, I understand the back stories of iconic Italian car brands traditionally feature as much tragedy as they do triumph. But this is Lancia, creator of the Aurelia B20 coupe and dominant force in 80s and 90s rallying! I’d have rather seen it killed off completely than reduced to a range of wheezy, diesel-powered Chrysler cast-offs.
Dan Trent: Can falling for a '70s Italian icon ever end well?
Exposure to a Performance Car review of the Lamborghini Countach 5000QV at an impressionable age set Dan Trent on course for a life-long obsession with cars. Immersion in the world of used car temptation with a spell as editor of PistonHeads.com only sealed the deal, compulsive online tyre-kicking now a daily ritual. He’s still some way off that Countach though.