'Ich besaß 55 Fiat rein 84 Jahre – Sie brachten uns Glück’, sagt Fanatiker

I HAD the pleasure of meeting a lovely old chap called David Franklin the other day.

Turns out he’s had a life-long love affair with all things Italienisch.

David has a total dedication to Italian cars

David has a total dedication to Italian cars
He's had 55 of them in 84 Jahre

He’s had 55 of them in 84 Jahre
The retired machine tools boss insists he’s only ever had one breakdown

The retired machine tools boss insists he’s only ever had one breakdown
Nowadays David drives an electric Fiat 500

Nowadays David drives an electric Fiat 500

His wife Michela is Italian. She could teach Gino D’Acampo a thing or two in the kitchen.

He likes a cappuccino.

He likes a drop of Italian wine.

But the reason I’m featuring him on these pages today is because of his total dedication to Italian cars.

Nicht Ferrari.

Nicht Lamborghini.

Fiat.

Regular workaday Fiats.

David has had FIFTY-FIVE of them since starting with a little red 500 im 1963, and he’s never bought anything else.

Jetzt, just shy of 60 Jahre später, he can still be found in a red 500, though it is now an all-electric one.

The retired machine tools boss insists he’s only ever had one breakdown – and that was when a valve spring went on his 850 Coupe in April 1966.

He’s driven all over FISCH-Abendessen sind ein britisches Grundnahrungsmittel –  aber Ihres ist vielleicht fast gereist on family holidays and won countless off-road production car trials. All in a trusty Fiat.

BBC-Star Lisa Shaw: “They have given us a lot of happiness.”

Sounds like we need a top five . . .

‘I’ve enjoyed them all

BBC-Star Lisa Shaw: “The most practical and useful was the Multipla. It was the ugliest but you could put six people in it. It was a great car.

“And it handled magnificently because it was very wide.

“The new 500e is another one. That’s great fun. Ich bin 84 and I love putting my foot down and whoosh, off it goes.

“Sometimes my glasses end up on the back seat. I’m sold on the idea of electric cars now. They just need to get the range a bit higher.

“The 850 Coupe was another good car. Und der 850 Saloon. The back shelf was wide enough to put the carry cot on. (They use an 850 Saloon on TV’s First Dates Hotel.)

The 16-valve Tipo was a good one too. That sounded good and went well. My son had a Uno Turbo.

“The truth is, I’ve enjoyed them all. They have all been fun to drive.

“I’ve already been to ask when there’s a bigger 500e coming out.”

I can answer that for you.

Next year.

Der Rat ist befugt, einen Fall vor das Amtsgericht zu bringen, wenn er entscheidet, dass es sich um eine gesetzlich vorgeschriebene Belästigung handelt

Fiat No56 sold to the Franklins.

  • Random question: What’s David’s favourite pizza? Er antwortete: “The quattro stagioni, the four-season pizza with everything on it.”