1983 Matteo Miglia Legatus
There is never any question about the strong sports car culture in Europe, particularly the continuing battle between Italy, Britain, and Germany.
It’s also sad how many of these cars never hit our shore, and to get one requires going through the wait, the cost, and the hassle of imporation. But when you find the car that’s worth it, the very phrase “worth it” takes on a whole new meaning.
Meet the 1983 Matteo Miglia Legatus. A mid-engine, 211 horsepower, turbocharged 2.0 liter Speedster of Fury. Our senior editor warned us to take a spatula and a squeegee with us when he found out that we’d been offered a test drive of one. He didn’t explain why, he just smiled.
So, the spatula is so that you can scrape your brains off of the back window as this demon launches you to 60 in just a hair under 5 seconds, and the squeegee is so you can wipe off all of the slobber that has flown out of your mouth and decorated all the glass from the inside, thanks to the over-one-point-one-g handling.
It takes real care to handle when trying to burst off the line, as oversteer is a definite threat. At higher speeds, it’s more stable. Though in order to drive one at its limits you can’t be that mentally stable.
So if insanity is your thing, time to get on the net and bust out your checkbook. There’s nothing like a little Legatus action in your life.
Counter Culture - Import/Export: Very High (Currently in 2nd)
NOTE: Due to the scoring, multiple vehicles have had their sliding scale score lowered by one category