Rollin’ to the Oldies: Cars in Song

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience
“Red Barchetta” — Rush
Although the lyrics of “Red Barchetta” don’t specifically call out the Barchetta as a Ferrari, Rush does provide some clues in this song from 1981. Barchetta actually translates to “little boat,” but Rush sings “My uncle preserved for me / an old machine / for fifty-odd years,” so we’d like to think this is a Ferrari 166 MM. The song continues with “I strip away the old debris / That hides a shining car / A brilliant Red Barchetta / From a better vanished time.”

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