High Museum “Dream Cars” arrive on May 21st, 2014. This much anticipated and unique exhibit will feature seventeen of the rarest concept cars from Europe and the United States, designed by Ferrari, Bugatti, General Motors and Porsche from 1930’s thru the 21st century. “Dream Cars, Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas will be open through September 7th, 2014.
The High Museum “Dream Cars”, concept cars were never mass produced and many of the features took years to make it to the everyday cars we drive today. Let me share a few of my favorite cars, I know you will find your “Dream Car”. One example is the 1941 Chrysler Thunderbolt. It was rolled out in October 1940 for the New York Auto Show, showcasing a sleek aero dynamic shell, that was tested in a wind tunnel. It was the first American car to feature an electric operated hardtop and disappearing headlamps from push buttons on the dashboard. Eight cars were planned, five built and four survived. All were sold to wealthy clients.
Paul Arzens, French artist, industrial designer and engineer built the 3 wheeled L’Oeuf electrique during World War II (1942) for his personal use around Paris. This simple vehicle was the world’s first bubble car. It was nicknamed the Electric Egg. This Mini car was low cost, light weight and energy efficient. It could go up to sixty miles out of town with a top speed of 37 mph. If you have ever driven in Paris, you will know why the L’Oeuf was important in establishing France’s dominance in the mini car industry and today’s Smart Cars.
Lastly, the Firebird XP 918 Spyder Concept Car, 2010 by Porsche. The Firebird XP 918 was developed for Porsch’s clients interested in owning a luxury car with green technology, the impact on the environment and of course they demanded Porsches high performance. With the push of a button on the steering wheel, you have four options to choose from, E Drive ( most green) to optimum performance, Race Hybrid. This car has recently come on the market and is just waiting for you!
While you are at the High Museum of Art, be sure and have lunch or an early dinner at Table 1280. There menu features local farm to fork offerings, from fresh sandwich’s, soups and salads to entrees. It is one of the High Museum’s best kept secrets!