Last French Friday Dadurling asked me what diorama I used for the shots of the 205 GTI, I thought Iā€™d share the answer. A bit.

Well, itā€™s one of Atlasā€™ sets of 1/43 FIAT 500 derivatives on a small diorama. Iā€™ve shown one before (at least!!), the Donati Abarth 595. That one was set in a little village, this one on a twisty mountain road. And yes theyā€™re 1/43 but as the FIATs are so small the dioramas fit 1/64s way better!

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And on the nameplate the type of car is displayed. But if you ask me, thatā€™s an error. As there was a road legal Giannini 500 TV (Turismo Veloce) for sale but for rallies one could order a Giannini 500 Montecarlo. Iā€™m sure there were parts interchangeable but still.

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Could be that Iā€™m mistaken though as someone did research all those badges on the back. I suppose. And itā€™s all there!

But who/what was/is Giannini in the first place? Giannini was Carlo Abarthā€™s nemesis. His biggest competitor when it comes to tuning little FIATs in the ā€˜60's. Giannini Automobili SpA was founded by Domenico Giannini in 1963 when he split up the long existing company he started years before that with his brother Attilio.

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Only 4 years after the start though Dominico suffered a heart attack and died, bringing the young company to itā€™s knees already. The shareholders introduced a lawyer to pick up the pieces, Volfango Polverelli, and started mending the company a bit. Quite successfully as the company, unlike Abarth, still exists. On their own. Without being taken over by FIAT. They do work together intensively though.

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Nowadays itā€™s mainly converting interior and exterior instead of taking care of those engines. And one of their biggest customers is the Guarda di Finanza, a military police force responsible for dealing with financial crime and smuggling.

And Iā€™m sure Iā€™ll do a more extensive story on Giannini another time. For now itā€™s the weekend so... Ciao Tutti!

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Look at that Fumo blu! Itā€™s burning oil!