A Collection of Rare and Valuable Italian Cars Comes to Nashville

  • Photo by Peter Harholdt
    Photo by Peter Harholdt
  • Photo by Peter Harholdt
    1970 Lamborghini Miura Photo by Peter Harholdt
  • Photo by Peter Harholdt
    1970 Lancia Stratos Photo by Peter Harholdt
  • Photo by Peter Harholdt
    One of the motorcycles on display at the Frist Center is the exceptionally fast and radically designed 1957 Moto Guzzi V-8 Otto shown here. Photo by Peter Harholdt
  • Photo by Peter Harholdt
    1953 Alfa Romeo Bat Photo by Peter Harholdt
  • Photo by Peter Harholdt
    1954 Alfa Romeo Bat Photo by Peter Harholdt
  • Photo by Peter Harholdt
    1955 Lincoln Indianapolis Boano Photo by Peter Harholdt
  • Photo by Peter Harholdt
    1955 Alfa Romeo Bat Photo by Peter Harholdt
  • Photo by Peter Harholdt
    1968 Bizzarrini Strada Photo by Peter Harholdt
  • Photo by Peter Harholdt
    1955 Ghia Gilda Photo by Peter Harholdt
  • Photo by Peter Harholdt
    1974 Ducati 750 Super Sport Photo by Peter Harholdt
  • Photo by Peter Harholdt
  • Photo by Peter Harholdt
  • Photo by Peter Harholdt
  • Photo by Peter Harholdt
  • Photo by Peter Harholdt
  • Photo by Peter Harholdt
  • Photo by Peter Harholdt
  • Photo by Peter Harholdt
  • Photo by Peter Harholdt
  • Photo by Peter Harholdt
  • Photo by Peter Harholdt

A stellar collection of Italian automobiles and motorcycles has been compiled for Bellissima! The Italian Automotive Renaissance, 1945–1975, an exhibit at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts (fristcenter.org) in Nashville. Automotive historian Ken Gross curated the show, distilling the prolific postwar output of Italy’s manufacturers and coachbuilders into 19 cars and three motorcycles. The cars include the trio of Alfa Romeo BATs from the mid-1950s, a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, and an example of the Lamborghini Miura, which turned 50 this year. One of the motorcycles is the exceptionally fast and radically designed 1957 Moto Guzzi V-8 Otto shown here. The exhibit runs through October 9.

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