A Collection of Rare and Valuable Italian Cars Comes to Nashville

Bellissima! The Italian Automotive Renaissance, 1945–1975 features Alfa Romeo’s BAT cars and more…

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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