Today the name Town Car is closely associated with Lincoln, but that was not always the case. From the early 1900s to the mid-1960s, the term “town car” referred to a body style distinguished by an open chauffeur’s compartment and an enclosed passenger area. Elegant and dignified, they were originally intended for city use on formal occasions and were almost always the most expensive body style offered by a manufacturer. The Petersen Automotive Museum’s newest exhibit Town Cars: Arriving in Style will feature only the finest examples of these ultra-formal vehicles including Fred Astaire’s classically styled 1927 Rolls-Royce and the one-of-a-kind 1959 Scimitar by Brooks Stevens. More than mere ostentatious relics of a bygone era, they provide us with a counterpoint to today’s best luxury cars and perfectly define an era when arriving in style was the ultimate personal statement.
Town Cars: Arriving in Style
February 15, 2014 - October 19, 2014
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