I'm working on a fic that involves a young
According to my dictionary, the word for "car" is macchina. How general is this term? That is, does it just apply to, say, a sedan, or could one also use it for a pick-up truck, or a van, or something else? Is there a more specific word for a really top-notch sports car?
Can one refer to a car with the female pronoun? I often do this with my car, i.e. "her headlight is out," "she gets very good gas mileage," et cetera - so could/would an Italian use lei to refer to his/her car? Or is this even an issue (since Italian nouns have gender, whereas in English it's only a few inanimate objects - boats, sometimes other vehicles - that have a gender ascribed to them)?
I know that bello/a is beautiful or handsome - can this be used for an inanimate object? Can a car be bella, or would that be strange? I have an Italian dictionary, but I'm wondering what adjectives would be most appropriate for describing a really beautiful sports car, maybe even to the point of being stereotypically associated with that - especially things like a particularly glossy finish, its shape/build, nice leather interior, and whatever else a car aficionado would emphasize. Bonus points for descriptions that would border on ridiculous/obsessive or even amorous for comedic effect, if that's an acceptable thing for the language.
Alright, here is where I'm really worried about knowing so little. Am I correct in assuming that che magnifico is something like "how magnificent!" or "it's magnificent!" or something equivalent? And if I am completely wrong, which seems likely, how would I go about saying that (preferrably in the context of babbling near-incoherently over the telephone without entirely revealing what is so awesome)?
I'm probably not going to end up using all of this, since I definitely don't want there to be too much of a language that I don't know, but do I want to have my bases covered, so anything and everything is appreciated. Anyway, apologies again for my ignorance of the language, and thank you very, very much in advance!