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Author Topic: Aurelia & Flaminia Meet Italy  (Read 1754 times)
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« on: 07 November, 2014, 07:46:53 PM »

Not seen that many Flaminias together before!

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« Reply #1 on: 09 November, 2014, 01:21:38 AM »

Not seen that many Flaminias together before!

5 Berlinas Shocked

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« Reply #2 on: 09 November, 2014, 08:37:05 AM »

The Flaminia Berlinas look and sound really great. I went to look closely at the lovely one for sale at European Classic Cars a couple of weeks ago and actually they are not so large. The tyres look very skinny and I am not sure whether original size Michelin x's are available from time to time but the overall size is not so large , certainly not when compared to modern cars.
I resisted the great temptation to buy it and decided to continue looking for a structurally really good rhd Aurelia B12 or B22. Easier said than done. Each one I have looked at over the last 3/4 years has had issues at the base of the A post and also at the rear of the rear door apertures with less than satisfactory repairs. Not worried about the mechanical side at all - just the body.

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« Reply #3 on: 09 November, 2014, 10:05:35 AM »

I suppose it could be as "recently" as the last 20 years that everyday cars have got so big.  Someone sent me a blog (I now can't find...grrrrrrr....) with photos of what I think of as "big modern cars" like 1990s Volvo estates looking tiny next to something "small" and current.

Not a good example - but the idea:


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« Reply #4 on: 12 November, 2014, 01:34:22 PM »

I always considered 50's medium size family cars, say Morris Minor or Hillman Minx to be less than 5ft (1.5m) wide whilst current medium sized cars such as my Vauzhall Meriva are nearer to 6ft (1.8m) wide. Initially that might not seem too bad, traffic lanes vary between 3.05 to 3.65m (10 to 12ft), but consider a road constructed in the 30's with parking both sides and with enough width for two way traffic. The four current cars (2 parked and 2 running) now take up an additional 1.2m (4ft). That is quite an impact. Add to that the increased prevalence of oversized cars (most 4x4s) and vans that are wider still and it is no wonder that many of our roads struggle!!

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