Name: Vincenzo (Vinnychoff) Iaciofano
The classic: Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce
‘I think that, when it comes to classics, you have to take the time to work on it. That’s the attraction of having a car like that. Every so often, it’ll need something to be fixed or tinkered with, whereas with a new car it’s just get in and go!
‘I suppose because I can do it quite easily, I can really appreciate how intricate and gratifying it is to maintain such a beautiful car.’
Vincenzo first came to own his Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce in 2010 through his daughter’s boyfriend Antonio. ‘Antonio is a builder and was working at the house of a bank manager in Crystal Palace at the time,’ Vincenzo tells us.
‘Antonio knew I was looking for a classic car and was chatting with the owner of the house, who just so happened to be selling his 1975 Alfa Romeo. It had originally been a gift for his wife’s 40th birthday, although she didn’t use it a lot. Antonio told me about the car and offered to make an introduction, and it went from there!
Vincenzo wasn’t on the lookout for any particular Alfa Romeo at the time, but this one appealed. ‘I went to have a look at it and it appeared to be in really good condition, so I was eager to buy it. The only thing which was a bit of a downside at first was the yellow colour – most of them are in red! But I’ve grown used to it now; I like it because it’s unusual.
‘The mileage turned out to be genuine as well at only 38,000. According to the history I received with it, it was originally a company car, so I reached out to them to see if they’d be interested in knowing where it had ended up. They didn’t seem particularly bothered which was a shame, but it just goes to show that classic cars tend to be made special by their individual owners!’
A love for Italian motors
Although he was born in the UK, Vincenzo’s parents hail from beautiful Italy, giving him a self-confessed bias towards Italian motors. ‘My love of Italian classics is what drew me to the Alfa in the first place,’ Vincenzo tells us.
‘My first car was a Triumph Vitesse 2.0ltr soft-top so I’ve always loved open-top motoring. I think if I were going to get a performance car, a GTA would be ideal.’
Alongside his sunshine-tinted Spider, Vincenzo also owns a Mazda MX5 MKI made in 1990, and a Ducati 916 motorcycle made in 1998. ‘I haven’t got a specific decade of classic car or motorcycle that I prefer,’ Vincenzo explains.
‘I do like pre-1990 motors though. I think that’s the time before everything got a lot more complicated under the bonnet. That’s what I like most about classics; they’re a lot more straightforward mechanically and have a lot more space under the hood. Nowadays, modern cars are far more compact and complex.’