“I feel that life is measured in achievement, not in years alone.”
“I feel that life is measured in achievement, not in years alone.”

I poked around around the beautiful Mediterranean island of Sardinia on Google Earth. When I descended to street view I was surprised to see more interesting cars around than I expected.

Most of the cars on the street were newish cheap and frugal hatchbacks, including a surprising amount of the wretched Lancia Ypsilon. But let us not devote any more brain power to that pile of steaming crap.

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Let us consider this street parked Citroen 2CV.

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This bright blue 2CV desperately needs a good bath, but clearly someone loves this classic French car of the people. I’m sure it is actually quite practical in the narrow streets of suburban Sardinia.

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This old Fiat camper looks right at home parked in front of this Mediterranean vista. What model van was used as the base of this conversion? I do like the seagull motif painted over the otherwise dull white factory paint job.

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Edit: Thanks RalleyDarkstrike for identifying the camper as a Mk. II Ford Transit.

Speaking of Fiats. . .

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This 500 toodled by in the distance. That would make a perfect daily-able classic in these surroundings.

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I think this is a Fiat, but I can’t identify the model.

Edit: Thanks RalleyDarkstrike for identifying this as a Renault 4.

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And this sturdy little Panda showed its face despite being endangered on these harsh streets. The old Mercedes van and the pickup behind it are also worth pointing out.

Edit: Thanks RalleyDarkstrike for identifying the van in the background as a Peugeot J5, a rebadged second generation Fiat Ducato.

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Which one of these is not like the others? Do you think this brightly colored Renault 4 is just a creatively decorated private vehicle or a promotional vehicle for a business?

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This is one big van.

Edit: Thanks RalleyDarkstrike and Durrtlang for identifying this as an Iveco Daily. The car behind it is a Toyota Verso, known as the Funcargo in its home country.

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The Mercedes A Class has always intrigued me. I also don’t recall seeing many Miatas at all while perusing Google Street View so this example with the top down is unusual.

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Well, that about wraps up this installment of Carspotting in Google Earth. What did you think?

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