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The Allure of Classic Automobiles PDX

September 19, 2011

Portland Showcases Classic Beauties

June 11 – September 18, The Portland Art Museum hosted an extraordinary exhibit of classic automobiles from the 1930s – 1950s. The exhibit is titled The Allure of the Automobile. Visitors had the chance to ogle some of the most sexy sheet-metal ever to  transport man. As much art as auto, these cars are a joy to behold and even standing still they are breathtaking.

I shot a few photos and a video of the exhibit, but made sure to put the camera down part of the time so I could visually appreciate these beauties with my eyes and not just through a lens. Also below, there are links to the exhibit website and other places to see and learn more about these marvelous machines.

In concert with the exhibit, the museum hosted a large number of electric vehicles as part of the Cars in the Park series. I shot some pretty cool video there too and will post it soon. But for now enjoy the slide show and the eleven minute video tour accompanied by period music played by US Air Force Airmen of Note.

The Allure of the Automobile

1957 Jaguar XKSS Roadster and 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SLR (W 196 S) , photo credit, Nancy Suttles and Merry Waldroup

Portland Art Museum

June 11, 2011 – September 18, 2011

Opening in June 2011, The Allure of the Automobile will showcase 16 of the world’s most luxurious, rare, and brilliantly conceived automobiles designed between 1930 and the mid-1960s. From the avant garde 1937 Hispano-Suiza owned by French apéritif baron André Dubonnet to the ultra-cool convertible 1957 Jaguar XK-SS Roadster once owned by Hollywood legend Steve McQueen, the exhibition traces the evolution of the motorcar, showcasing developments in automotive design and engineering. More from the exhibition website…

Slide Show of a few Beauties

Music playing in these videos is from the Airmen of Note’s album Let’s Dance

US Air Force Airmen of Note

On September 28th, 1950, the Airmen of Note was formed to carry on the musical style and tradition of Major Glenn Miller’s Army Air Forces Orchestra. This proved to be a significant challenge. At that time, military bands were widely regarded as marching and concert ensembles; jazz and dance music were not as readily associated with military music programs. Upon its inception, the Airmen of Note was known throughout the world as “The official Dance Band of the United States Air Force.” Fifty years later, it gives us great pleasure to present this album, titled Let’s Dance, as a tribute to swing music, its heritage and significance.

Video Tour of Exhibit

Allure of the Automobile Exhibit Highlights:

– 1935 Duesenberg JN Roadster, ex-Clark Gable
– 1937 Bugatti Type 57S Atalante Coupe
– 1937 Hispano-Suiza H-6C “Xenia” Coupe
– 1937 Delage D8-120S, Surbaisse, ex-Louis Delage
– 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C2900B Touring Berlinetta
– 1938/39 Porsche Type 64
– 1948 Tucker Model 48 Torpedo
– 1953 Porsche 550 Le Mans/La Carrera Panamerica Coupe
– 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SLR “Uhlenhaut” Coupe
– 1957 Jaguar XKSS Roadster, ex-Steve McQueen
– 1959 Chevrolet Corvette “Bill Mitchell” Stingray Prototype
– 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB “SEFAC Hot Rod”
– 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato

For better photos…

Sports Car Digest

Exhibit Photos

Jay Leno talks Allure of the Automobile

Story by Wendy Culverwell, Business Journal Staff Writer –Portland Business Journal

Tonight Show host and car collector Jay Leno visited Portland Saturday to share his passion for cars during an even highlighting the Portland Art Museum’s Allure of the Automobile exhibit, on display through Sept. 11. The event raised more than $60,000 for the museum. Leno donated $10,000 with a joke about going for “cheap” laughs. 

More Alluring Videos…

Ken Gross & The Allure of the Automobile

Arrival of the Automobiles

The Allure of the Automobile – Portland Art Museum

Allure of the Automobile

Cars In The Park Italian day at Allure Of The Automobile

2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 20, 2011 3:49 pm

    *Drool* My kingdom for a 1957 Jaguar XKSS Roadster.

  2. September 28, 2011 10:18 pm

    Well, you could have bought a very nice replica for as little as $85k.

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