cars: January 2008 Archives

Mussolini car for auction

200x175.jpg(Off-beat News) A sports car built for fascist Italian dictator Benito Mussolini is set to sell for £1,000,000 at auction.

The dark red, 1935 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 Pescara Spyder was built to the special order of Mussolini with a dickey seat and the engine was specially tuned to deliver 95bhp rather than the 68bhp of the standard model.

The car was driven in the 1936 Mille Miglia by Ercole Boratto finishing 13th overall and 3rd in class.

Citroen apologize to China

Car manufacturer Citreon has been forced to say sorry to China after using an image of Mao Zedong pulling a funny face in one of its adverts.

The French auto giant ad used the image in a Spanish campain along with the phrases "Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's" and "It's true, we are leaders, but at Citroen the revolution never stops."

The image is similar to that which stares out from Tiananmen Square but had been distorted to show him pulling his lips to one side and squinting his eyes.

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