Friday, March 8, 2013

10k: LaForza è Mobile: 1989 Laforza Italian 4X4 Luxury SUV

In act 3 of Guiseppe Verde's opera Rigeletto, the main character  sings a canzone that starts with the arguably sexist line: "La donna è mobile" which translates literally to "the woman is flighty."  We think that the adjective flighty is better applied to an Italian 4X4 SUV that isn't a Rambo/Lambo LM02.  This 1989 LaForza 4X4 is for sale in Chicago, IL for the basso price of $7995 via craigslist.

If you are a 20-something male and this looks familiar, its probably because you've seen it on Jalopnik's nice price or crack pipe feature where it received a general thumbs down from the website for hipsters who love cars.

Instead of repeating the question from Jalopnik (is this car a good deal?), we are going to assume our readers are all on the crack pipe and will love this thing.  What's not to love about a car originally designed for miliary and police use, covered on the inside with Italian cow hide and fitted with Ford V8 power?  It is the bastard child of a one-time fling between a Pantera and a Range Rover.

The LaForza is powered by a 5.0 liter V8 from 'Merica - that should be good for 225 horsepower.  More remarkable is that the low volume car would have had 9 different engine options throughout its life span - (from wikipedia):

2.0 L Fiat/Lancia Abarth volumex S/C I4
2.5 L Alfa 119/11 V6
3.4 L M30B35 I6
5.0 L V8
5.8 L V8
6.0 L V8
2.4 L VM81A TD I4
2.5 L Sofim TD I4
2.5 L VM425 TD I4

This car has been for sale for at least 3 months, so the asking price is likely not realistic but we are still drawn to its shiny red paint and the exclusivity of an Italian badge. 

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  1. ~ i have viewed these for years on eBay but have never actually inspected one in person. i think i might like it pending a thorough test drive. as with any listing which doesn't clearly show the front seat leathers i'll presume they resemble buzzard bait.
    . having looked at the single front seat pic i'll retract that remark. not the worst i have seen.
    . some had a 6.0 liter? tell more.

  2. Now THIS is something different and interesting. I agrees, Scott, take off the stinky fake sheepskins and dash cover when presenting a vehicle for sale.

    That dash prolly has more cracks than Geraldo's pre-botox forehead.

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