Every nation that makes cars has developed some sort of national automotive character. American cars are usually straightforward and power; German cars take themselves a bit too seriously, Japanese cars are known mostly for tight manufacturing tolerances and a certain anal-retentiveness; English cars are elegant, but untrustworthy; and Italian cars are about sex appeal first, and all of that other crap later. We like Italian cars.

While we, like most auto enthusiasts, tend to focus on Ferrari, Lamborghini, Alfa Romeo, and Pagani, there are tons of great cars from the country's other marques. We shoved those typical makes aside and, hand-picked a few that are necessary to your automotive knowledge. These are 10 Awesome Italian Cars You Might Not Know About.

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