Posted by: porschebahn | March 4, 2010

Porsche Type 64 Coupe and 550 Le Mans/La Carrera Panamerica Coupe to be displayed in The Allure of the Automobile exhibit at The High Museum of Art Atlanta

porsche type 64 coupe

1953 Porsche 550 Le Mans, La Carrera Panamerica Coupe

Starting March 21st and running through June 20th, The High Museum of Art in Atlanta will have on display two significant Porsche’s. The 38/39 Type 64 Coupe, on loan from the Porsche Museum in Zuffenhausen to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Porsche in America. And the 1953 550 Le Mans/La Carrera Panamerica Coupe , chassis number 550-01, on loan from the Miles Collier Collection, as put it, “the first proper Porsche racing car”.

Feats of design and engineering. Rolling works of art.

The Allure of the Automobile presents 18 of the world’s rarest and most brilliantly conceived cars from the 1930s to the mid-1960s, including masterpieces by Bugatti, Duesenberg, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Ferrari. The exhibition traces the evolution of the motorcar, examining the contrasts between European and American design, and significant changes in automotive styling and engineering before and after World War II.

The featured automobiles have won awards at prestigious events such as the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, broken records on racetracks, and were previously owned by such noted car enthusiasts as Hollywood legends Clark Gable and Steve McQueen.

The Golden Age of Carmaking

The general establishment of body-on-frame construction in the early part of the century allowed for the rise of the specialized automotive coachbuilder, who, in the 1930s, produced custom bodywork for a wealthy clientele. At the time, France led the world in high fashion and decorative arts and, likewise, created some of the finest car designs.

Paris became the center of the automotive universe, drawing hundreds of talented designers from other countries. Opulent and luxurious French custom coachwork was seen in American Duesenbergs and Packards in addition to French Bugattis, Delages, Delahayes and Hispano-Suizas.

After World War II, the industry shifted away from the lavish, expansive cars of the pre-war period toward smaller, more nimble sports cars. In Germany, companies like Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Porsche rose from the ashes of conflict to present brilliantly conceived triumphs of engineering. The 1950s and 1960s saw the rise of fast and luxurious sport cars designed by talented engineers and brilliant coachbuilders, launching an era of Italian supremacy in car design into the second half of the century.

The Examples in Allure of the Automobile

• 1933 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow
• 1934 Packard Twelve Runabout Speedster, formerly owned by Clark Gable
• 1935 Duesenberg JN Roadster, formerly owned by Clark Gable
• 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Special Roadster
• 1937 Bugatti Type 57S Atalante Coupe
• 1937 Delage D8-120S, Surbaisse, formerly owned by Louis Delage
• 1937 Hispano-Suiza H-6C “Xenia” Coupe
• 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C2900B Touring Berlinetta
1938/39 Porsche Type 64 Coupe replica
1953 Porsche 550 Le Mans/La Carrera Panamerica Coupe
• 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SLR (W 196-S)
• 1957 Jaguar XKSS Roadster, formerly owned by Steve McQueen
• 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato
• 1961 Ferrari 250 Short-Wheelbase Berlinetta, “SEFAC Hot Rod”
• 1948 Tucker Model 48 Torpedo
• 1954 Dodge Firearrow III Concept Coupe
• 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham
• 1959 Chevrolet Corvette “Bill Mitchell” Stingray Prototype

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