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The images in this exhibition showcase the beauty and ingenuity of American automotive design during the decades following World War II, a landmark period in car styling. Providing a rare glimpse into the creative process behind the scenes at some of Detroit’s premiere car companies, they include an eclectic mix of illustrations, from preliminary sketches to fully rendered works intended for presentation to company executives. Some offer concepts that would later be incorporated into specific models, while others represent fun or whimsical ideas that never made it past the drawing-board stage.

Dating from an era when speed and power were increasingly important factors in automotive sales, one sees ample reference to the shapes of airplanes and rockets, along with other emerging technologies that influenced postwar car design.

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