Cars can become noteworthy for a number of reasons, whether they win a bunch of races, are voiced by Mr. Feeney, or sing a couple New Wave hits and marry Paulina Porizkova despite looking like a praying mantis. Letting you peruse cars famous for their design: Driven Design.
Lining two Old City blocks, DD's letting you ogle classic US and Euro rides that're still remembered for their grand impact in the automotive world, either because of the design house involved, a mechanical feat, or their aesthetics, like the 1975 Ferrari 308 GT4, which was technically a Dino before it was altered
for humping Wilma to streamline the company's lines. Some of whips you'll drool on:
1974 DeTomaso Pantera Penned and partially funded by Ghia, then sold in America at Ford and Lincoln dealers (take that, Mercury!) the Pantera was a low-slung, curvy supercar stuffed with a small block Ford, and was the company's first attempt at monocoque construction, implying they all had sticks.
1974 Maserati Merak The Merak took the Giorgetto Giugiaro-drawn Maserati Bora shell (already noteworthy for its "folded paper" design that produced a damn-right-it's-Italian long, low body) and swapped out its mid-mounted V8 for a Citroen V6, which upped the handling and weight balance while adding room for a rear seat, finally allowing drivers to haul kids and ass at the same time.
Porsche 356 Coupe Looking like a squished yet actually sexy VW Bug with its full moon headlights and cartoonish curves, the 356 was the first production Porsche, and follows its founder's design philosophy of a lightweight unibody coupled with a rear-mounted air-cooled engine, producing a car that was nimble and quick (and presumably could jump the crap out of a candlestick).
Also on display are three Alfas, a pair of Beemers, and a Jensen Interceptor convertible notable for being designed in Italy, boasting a steel (rather than fiberglass) skin, and for having an automatic top, which You Might Think is Magic, until you Drive it. Let the Good Times Roll!