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Friday, May 25, 2012

Italian Consulate's Adorable "Official Business" Car

Posted By on Fri, May 25, 2012 at 8:00 AM

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A diplomatic placard on your car means you can park it anywhere. But what about a car that you really can park anywhere?

This eye-catching, pint-sized "official" vehicle was spotted in front of the Italian Consulate General on Webster. True to form, it was crammed in a spot the size of a cigar box.

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Reached for comment, Consul General Fabrizio Marcelli noted that this is one of his employee's private vehicles. And, he notes, its prominent placement in front of his office is sending a mixed message. "We should have a Fiat 500," he notes with a laugh.

It turns out the consulate does have an"official" car. But it, too, is far less Italian than Marcelli. 

The official consular car is "an old Plymouth." But "We are trying to change it to a Chrysler 300." What, no chance of buying a Dodge Diplomat?

Between the Fiat and the Chrysler, we encounter a mathematical oddity: In this case, 300 is larger than 500.

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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