Alfa Romeo 156

The Extraordinariness of the Truly Ordinary

The Extraordinariness of the Truly Ordinary

Walk around any classic car auction and amid the gleaming exotica and priceless rarities you can often find the more mundane and everyday. And, actually, it's these less glaringly obvious finds that can stand out as true value-for-money in today's overcrowded classic market.

Take, for example, a humble Fiat Uno base-model parked alongside a Ferrari F40, both in matching concours condition. An automotive unicorn whose posters were more common in 80s' and 90s' bedrooms than even MFI bunk-beds, the value and importance of the F40 has remained so consistently high that it was never likely to suffer the indignity of a boy-racer fitting a set of TSW Venoms to it. The Uno though - a simple utilitarian mode-of-transport designed solely to get you from A-to-B as inexpensively as possible - has no discernible right to have survived untouched for over two decades. As such, it's the little Fiat that could be viewed as the rarer and, we'd argue, the more interesting find.

With this in mind, here are six of the 'extraordinarily ordinary' Italian cars we've crossed paths with over the past ten years or so here at italicar.