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.
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