A new show at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta is displaying “rolling works of art” built from 1930 to 1965. Rarely seen on the road, they are collectors items now owned by museums and by enthusiasts. Shown here is a 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C2900B, Touring Berlinetta Chassis No. 412035. Lent by Jon and Mary Shirley of Bellevue, Wash. Only 30 of these were built for road use because they cost so much at the time. “In 1948, when owned by Frank Griswold, this 10-year-old 8C2900B Berlinetta won the first Watkins Glen Grand Prix, beating many newer cars,” the High Museum says. “The Allure of the Automobile” runs through June 20, 2010.
1961 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato
Lent by David and Ginny Sydorick of Beverly Hills, Calif.
1937 Bugatti Type 57S Atalante, Chassis No. 57562
Lent by William E. (Chip) Connor II, of Deepwater Bay, Hong Kong. Only 710 Type 57s were built between 1934 and 1940. A sister of this car was discovered mouldering in the garage of a reclusive orthopaedic surgeon in England. Last year, it fetched about $4.4 million at auction.
1957 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham
Lent by Gene and Marlene Epstein of Newtown, Penn.
1959 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray
Lent by the General Motors Heritage Center, Warren, Mich. Elvis Presley drove a red 1959 Corvette Sting Ray in the 1967 film "Clambake."
1937 Delage D8-120S, Chassis No. 51620
Lent by Sam and Emily Mann of Englewood Cliffs, N.J.
1954 Dodge Firearrow III, No. 1034
Lent by David J. Disiere of Irving, Texas. One of the legendary test drivers of all time, Betty Skelton, set a new world record for a woman driver in a Dodge Firearrow at Chrysler's Chelsea Proving grounds in June of 1954. Skelton, the first female test driver in the auto industry, set the record in a dress and high heels.
1935 Duesenberg JN Roadster, Chassis No. 2585
Lent by Sam and Emily Mann of Englewood Cliffs, N.J. This beauty was a gift to another stunner, Carole Lombard, from her husband Clark Gable. The story goes that when Lombard died in 1942 at the age of 34 in a plane crash after a World War II bond drive, Gable left the roadster in Canada with instructions that it never be seen in California again while he lived.
1961 Ferrari 250 GT Comp/61 Short
1961 Ferrari 250 GT Comp/61 Short--wheelbase Berlinetta, S/N 2689. Lent by Bruce and Raylene Meyer of Beverly Hills, Calif.
1937 Dubonnet Hispano-Suiza H-6C "Xenia"
Lent by Merle and Peter Mullin and the Peter Mullin Automotive Museum Foundation, Beverly Hills, Calif.
1957 Jaguar XK-SS Roadster, No. 713
Lent by Margie Petersen and the Petersen Automotive Museum, Los Angeles, Calif.
1953 Porsche 550, Prototype, Serial No. 550-01
Lent by Miles Collier and the Collier Collection, Naples, Flor.
1938-1939 Porsche Type 64 (Body shell) replica, Chassis 38/42
Lent by Porsche AG, Stuttgart, Germany and Porsche Cars North America.
1948 Tucker Model 48 Torpedo, No. 1034
Lent by the Marital Trust ULWT of Gene S. Cofer and the Cofer Collection, Tucker,