Icons: Cars that Drove Our Imagination

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Icons: Cars that Drove Our Imagination

Icons: Cars that Drove Our Imagination

Icon: A person or object that is revered. Iconic vehicles set new standards in technology, design, and popularity, inspiring deep feeling and esteem in their adherents.

In some cases, a vehicle becomes iconic for its accessibility, affordability, reliability and endearment to the masses. “Cars of the people” such as the 2CV, the Austin and Morris Mini, the Fiat 500, and the Volkswagen are iconic in that they have stood the test of time and hold special places in public’s heart.

Certain models are etched in the public psyche for what they brought to the industry. For example, the 356 defined Porsche’s place as a sports car legend, Corvette the pioneer of American sports cars, Mustang the first show pony, and GTO the first muscle car.

Movies, books, TV shows, and cultural movements often generate pop culture icons. Steve McQueen’s 1968 Mustang from the movie Bullitt, the star of one of the most famous car chase scenes of all time, for example. (Ours is a replica, a tribute to the classic.) The custom “Captain America” Harley Davidson Chopper from the movie Easy Rider is just as iconic as the film’s stars, and one of the symbols of the motorcycle way of life. And who hasn’t looked at a DeLorean and contemplated going Back to the Future?

The vehicles featured in ICONS: Cars that Drove Our Imagination pay homage to automotive excellence and reverence. We hope you enjoy reveling in these heroes of automotive history.

Check out this time-lapse video of the changeover from the last show to this one:


Take a virtual trip thru the exhibit thanks to our Docent, Richard Vignoles:

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