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Fins: Form Without Function

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February 23, 2013 - February 2, 2014

Today fins are remembered as the outward expression of American automotive design prowess during the height of postwar optimism. But they were first used far earlier than most would imagine. This exhibit, opening February 23, will feature more than a dozen vehicles ranging from icons like the 1959 Cadillac and Exner-designed Chrysler to the impossibly Art Deco 1937 Delage Aerosport and wild 1952 Spohn Palos. Together, they speak to a period of automotive history during which the public craved chrome-laden dream machines and imagination was the stylist’s only limit.

  • 1937 Delage D-8
  • 1958 Dual-Ghia
  • 1962 Chaika
  • 1951 Ford X51 by Ron Courtney

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