1994 - 1997

The two years following his community service finds Luca back in the family body shop.

However, at the end of 1996, just when Luca is old enough and ready to take on the running of the shop, his father sells the business. This is a serious blow for Luca who sees the place that had been so central to his very existence disappear.

So, Luca has to start all over again. But he did not lose the drive to pursue his dream and, perhaps to console himself, he buys a Lancia Delta HF Integrale which is in need of a complete restoration following an accident: this was the only way Luca could ever have driven one of his dream-cars because of their high price.

The purchase had, however, a deeper meaning: the restoration of such a car was the only way of keeping Luca’s dream alive. Working as an employee would not allow Luca to express his freedom to create and invent.

The great satisfaction gained by finishing the Lancia Delta, after many sacrifices and nights spent immersed in the project, seemed to be a sign that despite hard times, something would soon change for the better.