The Bella Donna Collection

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The Bella Donna Collection

Post by reeft1 » Sat Oct 04, 2014 10:41 am

There is something very special about Italian car design. Maserati, Ferrari, Lamborghini are just 3 marques who churn out beautiful cars with amazing frequency. For Italians, their world seems to revolve around beauty. I remember a conversation I had many years ago with an Italian I briefly worked with. I introduced him to the "there are lies, damned lies and statistics" expression. He in turn gave me the Italian version "statistics are like a beautiful woman in a bikini. They will show you a lot but not what you want to see". It must be something within the gene pool!

Elsewhere in this section are my Ferrari and Lamborghini collection - in this thread are my small representative collection of other Italian marques which are no less beautiful for it.

Lancia Beta Monte Carlo
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Lania 037 Stradale
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Lancia Stratos Modern Concept
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Alfa Tipo 33 Stradale
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Alfa 8c
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Re: The Bella Donna Collection

Post by GBOAC002 » Sat Oct 04, 2014 11:55 am

Nice selection for starters although I feel that the Stratos update hardly moves the game on.

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Re: The Bella Donna Collection

Post by reeft1 » Sat Nov 15, 2014 4:14 am

Spark De Tomaso Pantera GT4
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Partswork Masserati Quattroporte
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Partswork Masserati Granturismo
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Welly Pagani Huayra
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Re: The Bella Donna Collection

Post by Tom » Sat Nov 15, 2014 4:23 am

All beautiful cars, though I'm not sure of the Huayra. It is striking though.

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Re: The Bella Donna Collection

Post by carcollector » Sat Nov 15, 2014 4:58 am

Love all those cars my absolute favorite is the De Tomaso!

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Re: The Bella Donna Collection

Post by reeft1 » Sat Nov 15, 2014 4:09 pm

Tom wrote:All beautiful cars, though I'm not sure of the Huayra. It is striking though.
I know exactly what you mean! I couldn't bring myself to buy a model of the Zonda - lightning quick, and well screwed together but had taken a few too many hits with the ugly stick. This one is "strangely attractive" - even with no alcohol involved. There is however the definite risk of a "morning after" regret.

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Re: The Bella Donna Collection

Post by Tom » Sat Nov 15, 2014 4:35 pm

It's the only car in your series that doesn't sport the classic proportions with the long, elegant nose. Instead it has a 'cab forward' design that I cannot get used to... it looks a lot better than the Zonda, that's for sure.

The 8C is one of the most beautiful cars on the road these days. I must get a decent 1:43 of that.

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Re: The Bella Donna Collection

Post by reeft1 » Sat Jul 04, 2015 11:19 am

I've always liked the little Alfa Giulia - this partswork shows off the proportions just fine.

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Re: The Bella Donna Collection

Post by Alfaholic » Sun Jul 05, 2015 12:19 am

Great subject theme. The 8C always seems to look good in 1:43 and I would agree that the Giulia is a good model - it can be hard to get right!
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Re: The Bella Donna Collection

Post by Tom » Sun Jul 05, 2015 7:26 am

Another fan of the Bertone here, and that's a very attractive model.

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Post by JSB33 » Sun Jul 05, 2015 8:59 am

Giuila is a beauty
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Re: The Bella Donna Collection

Post by reeft1 » Sat Sep 19, 2015 7:13 am

Neo Alfasud Cloverleaf Ti 1.5 - i've always liked Alfasuds and this is a cracking model from Neo which captures the charm of one of the original hot hatches

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Re: The Bella Donna Collection

Post by Tom » Sat Sep 19, 2015 7:15 am

I agree. Excellent, would love one in my collection.

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Re: The Bella Donna Collection

Post by DeadCanDanceR » Sat Sep 19, 2015 12:53 pm

Great looking model! :)
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Re: The Bella Donna Collection

Post by Schuvo » Sun Sep 20, 2015 11:55 pm

Can we have a vote on 'My Favourite Italian Model' from within your collection? Mine will go to the Granturismo!
Nice collection, waiting for more.

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Re: The Bella Donna Collection

Post by grinbergs » Mon Sep 21, 2015 4:58 am

The Alfasud is a very cool car. I wouldn't mind getting that Cloverleaf Ti version myself. :)

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Re: The Bella Donna Collection

Post by reeft1 » Sat Dec 19, 2015 10:17 am

I have a thing for De Tomaso's!!

Minichamps Mangusta

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Minichamps Pantera

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Spark Pantera GTS

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Make Up Vision Pantera GT5

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Spark Pantera GT5S

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Spark Pantera 200

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Pantera Group Shot (includes the Pantera GT4 from earlier in this thread)!

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Looking forward to the Automodelli Vallelunga
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Re: The Bella Donna Collection

Post by Tom » Sat Dec 19, 2015 10:26 am

All excellent, like them a lot! My favourite is the silver Spark.

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Re: The Bella Donna Collection

Post by scalainj » Sat Dec 19, 2015 11:00 am

So do I. Very nice selection
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Re: The Bella Donna Collection

Post by DeadCanDanceR » Sat Dec 19, 2015 11:49 am

Very nice De Tomaso collection!
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Re: The Bella Donna Collection

Post by GBOAC002 » Sat Dec 19, 2015 4:58 pm

De Tomaso had a knack for commissioning pure shapes from leading designers and design houses.
Ghia's Gandini penned Mangusta survived through to production intact and early Tjaarda Pantera Mk1 worked well, translating into 1:43 beautifully.

As to the lashings of matt black paint, oversize vinyl stickers and a raid on fibreglass body appendages which decorated follow on Panteras they just leave me cold, but I do see their appeal in 1:43 and are very much of their time.
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Re: The Bella Donna Collection

Post by Tom » Sat Dec 19, 2015 5:06 pm

I don't think people would choose directly between a De Tomaso and a Lambo. And the proposition of beautiful Italian styling without the exotic fragile technology has its merits...

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Re: The Bella Donna Collection

Post by GBOAC002 » Sat Dec 19, 2015 5:25 pm

Nicely put, Tom!

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Re: The Bella Donna Collection

Post by DeadCanDanceR » Sun Dec 20, 2015 3:51 am

GBOAC002 wrote:...
Ghia's Gandini penned Mangusta survived through to production intact..
Mangusta was done by Giugiaro, Ian! ;)

One of his best creations, in my own opinion.
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