“L’Americano”, the story of Tom Tjaarda in Turin, is not just that of his beautiful cars. It belongs to the genre of adventures of brave boys. Those who cross the oceans, throw themselves headlong, seize the opportunities of life on the fly. They manage to get where they want and deal with deep thoughts. Literature is full of these young people, some have become protagonists of fantastic novels. This “fictionalized” biography spans the middle of the 20th century. Tjaarda meets extraordinary travel companions: from Luigi Segre to Battista and Sergio Pininfarina, from Renzo Carli to Franco Martinengo, to Giorgetto Giugiaro and, of course, Alejandro De Tomaso. Cars, men and all. an era that has now disappeared.A new way of telling history.