I sure do love cutaway diagrams of cars, like I’m sure we all do, right? Sometimes I like to quickly glance at them and try to see what element grabs my eye most – the punctum of the image, as I’ve discussed here before. In the case of this 1968 Fiat 850 Spider, I think the punctum is that exhaust manifold, which feels oddly biological, like a ribcage.
Seeing this, and making this mental association reminded me of how, when I was a kid, my mom would tell me that she didn’t like the various Baja Beetles I used to eagerly point out on the road as we drove, because she thought they looked too “intestinal” from the rear.
I’m pretty sure she was referring to the headers that were usually visible on these. I’m not sure I really knew what she was going on about then, because I just thought they were cool, period, but I think I see it now.
I still think they’re cool, though, intestinal or not.