Your description of the Classica owner is spot on for me, minus the mods.
Yeah, I get that too. I’ve just resorted to saying that they are an Italian company that takes mainstream cars and modifies them for performance and appearance. That usually gets a puzzled “wow”, and is mostly sort of true. ?Every other day I'm asked what an "Abarth" is ... when I tell them it's a Fiat you get that cockeyed-dog look.