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    Firebird I XP-21, 1954 
    General Motors Firebird I XP-21, 1953
    Harley J. Earl (American, 1893–1969), Robert F. "Bob" McLean, and GM Styling Section staff, designers
    General Motors Corporation (American, founded 1908), fabricator
    Courtesy General Motors Heritage Center, Warren, Michigan
    Photo by Michael Furman



    Lancia Stratos Zero, 1970 
    Lancia (Bertone) Stratos HF Zero, 1970
    Marcello Gandini (Italian, born 1938), designer
    Gruppo Bertone (Italian, founded 1912), fabricator
    Lancia Automobiles S.p.A. (Italian, founded 1906), producer
    Courtesy XJ Wang Collection, New York, NY
    Photo by Michael Furman

    Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas

    May 21-September 7, 2014

     



    This major exhibition of innovative automotive design will bring together 17 concept cars from across Europe and the U.S., including some of the rarest and most imaginative cars designed by Ferrari, Bugatti, General Motors and Porsche. Dream Cars will feature cars from the early 1930s to the 21st century that pushed the limits of imagination and foreshadowed the future of design. The exhibition will pair conceptual drawings, patents and scale models with realized cars, demonstrating how their experimental designs advanced ideas of progress and changed the automobile from an object of function to a symbol of future possibilities.

    Highlights of Dream Cars will include:

    • Paul Arzens' L'Oeuf électrique (1942), an electric bubble car designed by Arzens for his personal use in Paris during the German occupation that has never before traveled to the U.S.
    • William Stout's Scarab (1936), the genesis of the contemporary minivan.
    • Marcello Gandini's Lancia (Bertone) Stratos HF Zero (1970), a wedge-shaped car that is only 33 inches tall.
    • Christopher Bangle's BMW GINA Light Visionary Model (2001), featuring an exterior made of fabric.
    • A full-scale (6 x 20 foot) rendering of a concept car by Carl Renner (1951).


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    Organization & Support
    Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas is organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta.

    The exhibition is supported by presenting sponsor Porsche Cars North America, Inc.

    We gratefully acknowledge AutoTrader, AutoTrader Classics, Manheim, WSB-TV, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and WSB News Talk Radio for their generous support. Special thanks to contributing sponsor Delta Air Lines. Additional support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and contributing sponsor NAPA.

    Sponsors for the Dream Cars Exhibition