A car that has been parked in the same place on a street for 47 years has become a tourist attraction and local landmark in Italy, reports said.
In 1974, Angelo Fregolent, now 94, parked his car at the newsstand he ran with his wife in the town of Conegliano, according to The Mirror, and never came back.
Fregolent left his gray Lancia Fulvia 1962 on the street when the couple retired.
The compact four-door car has since become an attraction for tourists and residents of the town who come to snap selfies with it to post on social media. The vehicle has even earned a marker on Google Maps.
Last month, Piero Garbellotto, who was running for mayor of Conegliano, visited the Lancia Fulvia to take a selfie with it.
“I ran the newsstand under the house for 40 years together with my wife, Bertilla, 10 years younger than me,” Fregolent told the Italian newspaper Il Gazzettino.
“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,” Fregolent added.
His wife, Bertilla Modolo, joked to the paper that Fregolent loved the car as if it were a second wife.
After nearly five decades, town officials decided to move the vehicle because it was blocking the flow of traffic and pedestrians, Il Gazzettino said.
On October 20, the car was taken to the Auto e Moto d’Epoca motor show in Padua for a short period of time to be displayed alongside other classic cars, the Italian outlet Virgilio Motori reported.
After that, the car will be restored and placed in the garden of the Cerletti Enological School, which is opposite Fregolent’s home, where it will continue to be a local landmark. The couple will be able to see it from their window, Virgilio Motori said.
The Lancia Fulvia became a renowned car after it won the 1972 International Rally Championship.