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Atlanta — By Katrina Verweel on April 21, 2010 at 5:43 pm
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Allure of the Automobile: Rare Car Exhibition

Only in Atlanta from now until June, the Allure of the Automobile exhibition will feature 18 of the world’s rarest and most exceptionally constructed cars from the 1930s to the 1960s. Masterpeices by Bugatty, Duesenberg, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Ferrari will be featured, comparing European to American designs as well as the evolution of the motorcar. Cars will also be examined from before and after World War II looking at the different automotive styling and engineering of the cars.

One of the major highlights of the auto show is the Bugatti family; they were Italian engineers who created the Atalante, which meant in Greek mythology a seductive and athletic goddess that would never marry a man unless he could run fast enough to catch her. Around 40 of these cars were built until WWII brought production to a halt. This car has been referred to as “the Prince of Motors”. The first owner of the 57S Atalante coupe that is in the auto exhibition was a pilot in Belgium, then was sold to an owner in Boston, then sent to Caracas, Venezuela, returned to France, sent to New Jersey, and is now owned by William E. (Chip) Connor, II.

Here is a list of the cars that will be 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

Where: The exhibition is at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA (map)

When: The exhibition runs until June 20, 2010

Ticket Price: $18 general admission

T. Phone Number: 404.733.HIGH

Click here to see some videos from the auto show.

Photo credit: cclontz

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