Phone shots from the exhibit “The Shape of Speed,” Portland Art Museum, June 2018. All photos by Matt Strieby

Prior to the 1930s, cars in both America and Europe had been fairly utilitarian, boxy-looking affairs. During the 1930s, advanced (for the times) wind-tunnel testing produced aspirational, forward-looking car designs that elevated auto design to the level of art. In June 2018, the Portland Art Museum in Portland, Oregon showcased some of these streamlined, rolling sculptures in their “Shape of Speed” exhibit.

1934 Chrysler Imperial Model CV Airflow
1938 Graham Combination Coupe
1936 Scout Scarab
1937 Lincoln-Zephyr  V-12 Coupe
1939 Steyr 55 “Baby”
1937 Airomobile
1935 Hoffman X-8

1936 Cord 812C
1941 Chrysler Thunderbolt Concept

1935 Bugatti Type 57 Aérolithe
1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Streamliner

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