Thursday, September 1, 2011

Portland Art Museum 2/5

 1937 Dubonnet Hispano-Suiz H-6C "Xenia"
Note how the doors open backwards on this car.  Incredible curves / engine grill.  The curved glass panoramic windshield design was apparently not used again until GM started using curved glass in the 1950's.

 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster
About 400 540Ks were produced, but only twenty-six Special Roadsters were completed before the war halted production.

 1931 Duesenberg SJ Convertible Sedan
Built by the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Company in Auburn, Indiana.  The Duesenberg was the fastest American production car until the Chrysler 300 series in the mid-1950s.

 1939 Talbot-Lago T-150-C-SS

 1933 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow
The Pierce-Arrow was the choice of wealthy owners and rivaled Packard for prestige.  It pioneered the extensive use of aluminum and was the first automaker to feature hydraulic valve operation.  This car is one of three survivors.

A very appropriate hood ornament for a 1933 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow automobile

OK, well that's it for my car pics of the "Allure of the Automobile" exhibit at the Portland Art Museum, next up...  "normal" museum stuff!

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