PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) --- Nineteen rare streamlined automobiles and motorcycles will be on display at the Portland Art Museum this summer.
The Shape of Speed exhibit opens June 16 and features "a select group of rare automobiles and motorcycles that demonstrate how auto designers translated the concept of aerodynamic efficiency into exciting machines that in many cases, looked as though they were moving while at rest."
There will be 17 cars and two motorcycles in the exhibit. The cars are made by Mercedes-Benz, Bugatti, BMW, Alfa Romeo, Voisin, Talbot-Lago, Delahaye, Cord and Chrysler. The two motorcycles are a radically streamlined Henderson KJ and a BMW concept R7 motorcycle that was developed in the mid-1930s, lost for decades in a missing crate, recovered in 2005, and completely restored.
"But more than the value of these cars, they're just beautiful. They're exciting to look at and whether you're an art aficionado or a car enthusiast, you're going to find something to like here," curator Ken Gross says.
The Shape of Speed is open through September 16.