Los Angeles's Petersen Automotive Museum this week will debut an exhibit dedicated to early versions of what were thought to be aerodynamic cars, the New York Times reports. The cars may not have cut the wind as well as the designers intended, but some of them sure were beautiful.

The exhibit, "Aerodynamics: From Art to Science," will display cars dating back to the 1928 Martin Aerodynamic, which is on loan from Nashville's Lane Auto Museum. The Martin is an example of how early car designers attempted to design more aerodynamic cars by copying airplane designs. Other models on display will include a 1935 Chrysler Airflow, a 1938 Delahaye, a 1940 BMW 328 Mille Miglia Kamm Tail, a 1955 Ghia Gilda (pictured above at the 2007 Art Center Car Classic) and a 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona. The Peterson exhibit opens June 16 and will run through May 2013.


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      Spec
      • 2 Years Ago
      I can't believe I recognized the blurry Monkees car in the background. The human mind is amazing.
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like it..... but i live halfway across the continent :/
      Rick
      • 2 Years Ago
      Aerodynamics have always ruined rear headroom passenger space in the rear, could cut two thirds off the car in the photo save a lot of weight that would do more increase MPG conserve energy also engine technology/downsizing creates a massive improvement removing the 3.0 six pots out of an old Ford Escape and dropping a 1.6 four pots in the new Ford Escape will give a false aerodynamics mirage illusions of massive fuel savings. Never see much on big weight savings in the news from the big mass producers as they pack them full of more costly gadgets, advances in engine technology in diesels and turbo charging smaller engines or downsizing number of pots or cubic capacity has produced the biggest savings for the motorists not aerodynamics.
      Spec
      • 2 Years Ago
      Dan just got a woodie.