In some small Northern Italian villages, marriage ceremonies are handled in a completely secular manner, free from all rites of the dominant Catholic church, and instead center around the Fiat 850. The ceremonial act that officially defines a couple as being married is when they jointly place a wicker basket of fruit and fertility items (often a carved figurine of squirrel with an erection and a fistful of lemon pepper) into the front trunk of a Fiat 850.
Both parties’ hands must be on the basket as it is placed into the trunk, and both hands must assist to close the hood. The car is then driven around the block, once by each partner, with the other shifting through the gears as their partner drives, ceremonially stating when the clutch is in by shouting “frizone!”
It has been said the ceremony originated with the Etruscans thousands of years ago, but remained dormant until the Fiat 850 was developed.