The Indianapolis Museum of Art debuts a new type of motor spectacle in Indianapolis with the exhibit Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas, May 3 through August 23, 2015.
Dream Cars showcases some of the most unique vehicles ever created by top names in the automotive field, including General Motors, Cadillac, and Chrysler. Along with conceptual drawings and scale models, the exhibition explores the evolution of revolutionary automobile design that pushed the limits of the imagination and shaped the future of the industry.
As I’ve said before, it’s styling that draws me to automobiles. Cars like these take me back to my high school days when I dreamed of styling automobiles. These cars were the epitome of styling in their day.
For example, in 1934, Edsel Ford wanted a special auto to tool around Florida and other playgrounds of the wealthy and enlisted styling chief E.T. Gregorie to design the Model 40 Special Speedster. Gregorie fabricated this two-passenger boat-tailed speedster with cut-down door openings from hand-formed aluminum over a tubular aluminum framework. The speedster was originally painted Pearl Essence Gunmetal Dark, with a complementary gray leather interior. The sleek speedster captured the streamlining effects of the day that preceded the 1935 Miller-Ford Indianapolis 500 two-man race cars. By 1939, Gregorie redesigned the speedster’s front end by shortening the upper grills and fabricating a wide lower horizontal grille for improved cooling. The restored Speedster debuted at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August 2011.
The Dream Cars exhibition presents automotive styling as rolling sculpture. Plan now to visit the Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas exhibit, and experience how these designs envisioned new ideas for transportation.