Like supermarkets, supermodels, and supercomputers, supercars represent an extreme. More than mere transportation, they offer a bold and extroverted means to express oneself. Supercars have existed since the first decade of the twentieth century and while their mechanical and design specifications have evolved from era to era, they have always had in common immensely powerful engines, minimal passenger carrying capacity, adventurous mechanical specifications, and a commanding presence. Such attributes guaranteed that supercars always had far more power and performance than would ever be thought necessary for everyday motoring. Included in the exhibition are examples of supercars ranging from the big-bore monsters of almost a century ago to the more recent and recognizable Lamborghini Miura, Ferrari F-50, and Bugatti Veyron. Even though such vehicles could never be considered even remotely practical, the panache and prestige they confer upon their owners effectively guarantees that there will always be a steady, if miniscule, market for them.
September 1, 2010 - February 1, 2012
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