'68 Lancia Fulvia
When my family moved to Switzerland for my job in 1968, we brought our new Dodge Dart sedan on the ship to use as the family car. I bought a BMW 2002 in Lausanne for myself, but it had a steering vibration that the dealer couldn't resolve. I saw the Lancia on the dealer's showroom floor and insisted on a trade. It was a great car: a three-door hatchback with a V-4, 4 on the floor, front-wheel drive and a gorgeous dark blue finish. On trips through the vineyards, my wife and I had the two front bucket seats, our daughter and two older sons occupied the rear compartment and our youngest son had the "way back" under the hatch to himself. Unlike the Dart, the Lancia handled the steep, narrow roads with ease. We enjoyed the Fulvia until we moved to England a couple of years later and body rust reared its ugly head.