They say "they don't make 'em like they used to", but apparently, the one thing they do continue to make the same way is people who say, "they don't make 'em like they used to". Proving they really don't, with cars, The Allure of the Automobile.
Running through June 20, Allure's an exhibition of incredibly rare rides made between the 30s and 60s: luxury sports cars with unique craftsmanship, sleek design features, and fascinating backstories, highlighting an era of advancement in automotive style/engineering in which the motor vehicle became a "rolling sculpture" (e.g., the The Thinker wondering why everyone's so great!). Things start off decidedly un-Depressing with the silver, spaceship-esque 1937 Dubonnet Hispano-Suiza H-6C "Xenia", with an aircraft-inspired dash, covered rear wheels, and suicide doors, the black/yellow 1937 Bugatti Type 57S Atalante with a crazy-extended nose, and the ivory 1935 Duesenberg JN Roadster (the fastest American production car until the mid-50s), which was modified with an extended hood and a lowered windshield by its owner Clark Gable, who knew that its engine had four valves per cylinder, but frankly, didn't give a cam. Later gawkin': the one-of-a-kind 1959 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray (prototype for the vaunted 1963 Sting Ray) and the shiny 1957 Jaguar XK-SS Roadster convertible, which Steve McQueen painted forest green before installing a special glove compartment for his shades so they couldn't make a Great Escape.
Non-racing awesomeness includes the 1948 Tucker Model 48 Torpedo that Biff Tannen'd look at home in (owned by a family trust out of Tucker, GA), and mini-tail-finned 1957 Cadillac Eldorado, which proves they did make 'em like they used to, at least until 2002.
Photo Credits: Peter Harholdt