A Car Parked for 47 Years Became a Landmark

In Europe, cars are a luxury because most people can get by without one. In the US, automobiles are a fact of life because everything is relatively far away. Therefore, cars in America are heavily regulated, as are traffic laws and even parking spaces.

That’s not quite the case in the town of Conegliano in Italy. Angelo Fregolent used a 1962 Lancia Fulvia to bring newspapers to his newsstand, until he retired in 1974. He didn’t need the car anymore, so he left it where it was. And it stayed there for 47 years, without tickets or towing because it didn’t bother anyone. The car became a local legend, enshrined in Google Street View and many selfies. That is, until recently when the city decided to eliminate street parking in order to widen the traffic lanes. What would happen to the beloved Lancia?

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The car was towed, but thanks to public outcry, it will not be junked. In fact, there’s an elaborate plan to celebrate the classic car that you can read about at The Drive.  -via Digg

Source: neatorama

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