The Italian automobile industry has long been one of its country’s greatest, most visible and innovative assets. A major contributor to Italy’s dramatic post World War II industrial rebirth, Italian cars continue to set trends and attract countless enthusiasts. Speed, handling, innovation, head-turning styling and pure sex appeal are standard equipment in every Italian performance car.
Dating almost from the inception of the automobile, the cars of Italy have been innovative pioneers and race winners. A Zust was third in the New York-to-Paris “Round the World Race” in 1908. Just before World War I, Zust was taken over by Officine Meccanniche, who built the notable O.M. sports cars from 1919 until their demise in 1934. O.M. cars won the 1925 Tripoli Grand Prix, the 1927 Mille Miglia and the 1926 Index of Performance at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.