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What was the world’s first ever hot hatchback? Well, Italy invented the genre in 1971 with the fabulous Autobianchi A112 Abarth – and we’ve driven two of these pocket rockets to find out just how fabulous. And talk about handsome: we feature two of Bertone’s finest coupes of all time: a unique Aston Martin DB2/4 and a restored Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint Speciale – almost certainly the best in the world. Surely one of the best saloon cars of the 1950s was Lancia’s Aurelia B12 – that’s our verdict after driving a superbly preserved original. We get under the skin of the spectacular Fiat S76 (the infamous ‘Beast of Turin’) and investigate how Ferrari’s ‘Palace Coup’ of 1961 kick-started Modena’s vaunted Motor Valley. We also have a new team car (a super-rare Abarth Punto Scorpione) and a report on Alfa Romeos in New Zealand. Finally, we line you up perfectly for Italian Car Day on 4 May 2024 with a celebration of 30 years of our very own show at the Brooklands site. Don’t miss it!