Thursday, March 3, 2016

PB & Spaghetti Sandwich: 1989 LaForza

Few things are as American as the luxury SUV -- where else would manufacturers be able to sell a car that looks like it can off-road but really is purchased because it accommodates wide bottoms and gives an authoritative view of the road ahead.  Never mind that they change directions about as well as a hovercraft, or that folks behind you can't tell what kind of car you are tailgating, or that you need to stop every 30 minutes for fuel -- because style and comfort trumps all.  And the only thing better than an expensive luxury SUV is an ITALIAN luxury SUV offered for the price of a rusty Hyundai.  Find this 1989 LaForza offered for $4,000 in SF Bay Area, CA via craigslist.  Tip from Kaibeezy.

The LaForza chassis started out in Italy as an Iveco built military vehicle (civilian version called the Rayton-Fissore Magnum 4x4) with a Tom Tjaarda (Ferrari 365, DeTomaso Pantera, etc) designed body and was then shipped to Hayward, CA for fitting of either a Ford 5.0 (or later GM's 6.0 Vortec) V8.

What you got for $80k in 1989 was a Ford 5.0 V8 rated at 185 horsepower and mated to all four wheels via a proper transfer case system. On the inside the driver was treated with supple leather covering most surfaces and faux woodgrain -- the entire setup looks like an 80s hot rod....which it sorta was.

See another American powered Italian for cheap?


  1. BionicTorqueWrenchMarch 3, 2016 at 10:06 AM

    Wonder how it compares to a same year Range Rover?

    1. I speculate that it comes up short in every imaginable category.

  2. Talk about an answer to a question no one asked!

  3. The body has all the charm of a caravan of the same era.

    1. I was going to say it looks like the bastard child of an early 90s chrystler minivan and s-10 based blazer

    2. How this thing isn't minivan based, I'll never know.


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