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2012 Fiat 500 Sport: Enthusiast Approved

October 19, 2011

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Parked the 500 behind this nice BMW 3.0 CS while grabbing lunch today. Of course I had to check it out as I've always loved the timeless, elegant style of these fine grand touring hardtop coupes.

As I was taking this cell-phone shot of it, the owner approached and the car guy chit-chat ensued.

"Is this beauty yours?"

"Yes, it's an oldie but a goodie".

"I'll say. It's a really nice CS. Is it a '72 or '73?"

"'72"

As I peered into the cabin I noticed it was an automatic (bummer!) with A/C and power windows. It was sporting red leather upholstery with a healthy number of cracks. He was somewhat apologetic for the cabin's less than Concours-level condition.

"I have to do some interior work on it. But I drive it all the time."

"I'd take it just the way it sits. That's great you drive it -- it'd be a waste for such an enjoyable machine to be just a garage queen."

Right before he climbed into the Bimmer he paused, and while looking at the 500 said:"That's a nice car too. I rent them every time I go to Rome!"

And with that we parted ways, both in full agreement about two classic European models.

John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 8,879 miles

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