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Car Parked In Same Spot For 47 Years To Be Turned Into Monument

Jake Massey

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Car Parked In Same Spot For 47 Years To Be Turned Into Monument

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A car that was parked in the same spot in Italy for 47 years is being turned into a monument.

Angelo Fregolent first parked his Lancia Fulvia 1962 outside the newsagent he ran with his wife, Bertilla Modolo, in the town of Conegliano back in 1974.

Credit: Newsflash
Credit: Newsflash

Speaking to Il Gazzettino, the 94-year-old said: "I ran the newsstand under the house for 40 years together with my wife Bertilla, 10 years younger than me.

"When I opened the business, I was happy to have the Lancia Fulvia parked in front of it because I had the newspapers unloaded in the trunk and then I took them inside."

But when the couple retired, they left the car in the spot and it ended up becoming a tourist attraction.

Visitors to Conegliano would take selfies by the abandoned vehicle, and it became an increasingly famous landmark as photos circulated on social media.

Credit: Newsflash
Credit: Newsflash

However, after almost five decades in the spot, local officials moved the car on 20 October, transferring it to the Auto e Moto d'Epoca Motorshow in Padua, where it was on display alongside dozens of other classic cars.

According to Italiaonline, Giovanni Berton - who works in the mechanical vehicle trade sector and is the president of the Serenissima historical car club in Conegliano - said: "The history of the Fulvia has been around the world and we could not remain indifferent.

"Thus was born the idea of taking it to the car showroom, where many will be able to admire it."

It was then sent to a workshop in the north-eastern city of Vicenza, where the damage sustained from the elements over the last 47 years is being carefully restored.

Gotta feel for the car, it can't be easy going from the sedentary life to moving about all over the shop - a bit like going back to the office after working from home.

Once the repairs are complete, the car will be placed outside a local school next to Angelo and Bertilla's house - meaning they will be able to admire their old whip from their window while tourists congregate for selfies.

Credit: Newsflash
Credit: Newsflash

Locals were happy to hear the car wasn't going to be scrapped, as it has become part of the furniture in the town.

Luca Zaia, 42, said: "The car has been parked there since I was going to school."

Hopefully, it will continue to serve as an odd emblem for the town for many years to come.

Topics: World News, Car, Italy, Cars

Jake Massey
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