Art Center Weekend | INSPIRED BY NATURE | CAR CLASSIC 2013

Exhibitors

This year’s Car Classic celebrates the cars, bikes, aircraft, boats, and other vehicles that have been Inspired by Nature —the sculpture, form and fluidity to move through water and air that has inspired designers in the shape, function and structure of their designs over the years.


INSPIRED BY NATURE

1959 Chevrolet Corvette Racing Stingray

1959 Chevrolet Corvette Racing Stingray

General Motors Design

The Corvette Stingray was a privately funded concept car that formed a basis for the second (C2) generation Corvette Sting Ray. The Stingray racer-concept car was designed by Art Center alumnus Pete Brock, the youngest designer to work at GM at that time, Bill Mitchell, GM Vice President of styling, and another Art Center alumnus, Larry Shinoda in 1957. The low, flat profile resembles its aquatic namesake.

1963 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray split-window


1963 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray split-window

Bill Galloway

The Stingray racer body design strongly influenced the styling of the next generation Corvette, which saw production as the 1963 “split window” model. The car was based on Peter Brock’s original coupe sketch, and was refined by Larry Shinoda, again keeping the low stingray profile.

1961 Chevrolet Corvette Mako Shark

1961 Chevrolet Corvette Mako Shark

General Motors Design

Also inspired by the 1959 Stingray racer, the XP-755 concept car, also known as the Mako Shark, was designed by Art Center alumnus Larry Shinoda under the direction of General Motors Styling and Design head Bill Mitchell in 1961, as a concept for future Chevrolet Corvette production cars. In keeping with the name, the streamlining, pointed snout, and other detailing was partly inspired by the sleek, fast-moving shortfin mako shark.

2013 Randy Grubb Decopod scooter

2013 Randy Grubb Decopod scooter

David Johnston

Known for creating enormous oversized hot rods, Randy Grubb took a completely different direction with his Decopods—one-passenger scooters with an Art Deco aluminum body reminiscent of a mollusk or aquatic shellfish.
There are two styles of Decopods, a Bi-Pod and Tri-Pod. The Deco Tri-Pod utilizes a Piaggio MP3 scooter while Deco Bi-Pod is built around a Piaggio Fly 150.

1963 Volkswagen Beetle Ragtop (100% electric conversion)

1963 Volkswagen Beetle Ragtop (100% electric conversion)

David Benardo/Bonnie Rodgers

Volkswagen’s classic Beetle is the most recognized car on the face of the planet, with its distinctive styling matching that of the insect for which it is named. The vehicle on display today has been converted to run on 100% electric power.

1964 Vintage Airstream Bambi II 16' guesthouse/camper/mobile office conversion Matthew

1964 vintage Airstream Bambi II 16' guesthouse/camper/mobile office conversion

Matthew Hofmann/Wally Hofmann, HofArc Airstreams

Modern industrial design reached its pinnacle in the middle of the 1960s and the mid 1960s Airstreams are a prime example. Appearing like a reflective droplet of water on the outside and rich with desirable features on the inside, these vintage trailers continue to be sought after world wide. Weighing in at just 1950 lbs., the 1964 Bambi is one of the most compact and lightest Airstreams ever made.


OTHER FEATURED DESIGNS

1938 Alfa Romeo 6C2300B Mille Miglia Berlinetta


1938 Alfa Romeo 6C2300B Mille Miglia Berlinetta

Barry Hon

Originally developed especially for the 1937 Mille Miglia race, approximately 100 of the 2nd Series 6C 2300 Bs were sold from 1937–1939 after the race. It is believed that only seven were clothed with the berlinetta coachwork by Carrozzeria Touring.

1925 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Picadilly convertible coupe

Aaron Weiss

In 1919 Rolls-Royce purchased a factory in Springfield, Massachusetts for the production of an American Silver Ghost. Initially, the car was produced as a copy of the British design, but eventually the model received more American components over the years. Standard bodies included the Pall Mall, Oxford, Picadilly Roadster, Mayfair and Riviera Town Car. In 1925 the American model used left-hand drive and used a new 3-speed transmission with a central shifter.

1939 Bugatti Type 64 Coupe

Peter and Merle Mullin

In 1939, Jean Bugatti was in the process of designing the Type 64 Coupe, which was to be his greatest achievement to date. A total of three examples were started, but only one received completed bodywork before the designer's death during a Type 57 road test. The Mullin Automotive Museum has sought to finish what Bugatti started all those years ago. Using many of the same coachbuilding techniques employed by the French automaker in the late ’30s, the museum has constructed the body based on notes from Jean Bugatti, which included revolutionary “Papillion” doors and long dramatic fenders. Art Center’s Chair of Transportation Design, Stewart Reed, has been the chief designer on this monumental project.

1961 Kelly Corvette Coupe

1961 Kelly Corvette Coupe

John Breslow

This one-off 1961 Vignale Corvette was built for the 1961 Salon de l’Automobile in Paris, France. It was based on a 1960 Corvette chassis and built by Italian coachmaker Carrozzeria Vignale. The body was designed by Gordon Kelly of the Brooks Stevens design firm.

1949 Porsche Gmünd Coupe

1949 Porsche Gmünd Coupe

Jeff Zwart

This 1949 356/2 aluminum bodied Porsche Gmünd Coupe is one of about 30 known to exist. It is one of less than 50 hand built all aluminum cars produced in Porsche’s first “factory”— a converted sawmill in Gmünd, Austria (hence its name). Subsequently, manufacturing was transferred to Stuttgart, Germany, where it remains to this day. The Gmünd coupe’s most distinctive feature is its split windshield.

1956 Ferrari 250 GTZ Berlinetta Zagato

1956 Ferrari 250 GTZ Berlinetta Zagato

David Sydorick

The cooperation between Ferrari and the famous coachbuilder Zagato brought a number of fascinating automobiles into the world. Zagato designed a particularly dynamic Berlinetta body for the Ferrari 250 GT. In 1956, the first sports car with the designation Ferrari 250 GTZ was created. The aim of this design was to create a superior racing car, which was also capable of creating a sensation in international beauty competitions. A key design feature is the signature Zagato “Double Bubble” of the roof line.

2013 Deep Orange 3

2013 Deep Orange 3

Mazda / Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research

The Mazda Deep Orange 3 Concept Car is a one-off vehicle designed and built in partnership between Clemson University automotive engineering students in Greenville, North Carolina, and Transportation Design students at Art Center in Pasadena. Sporting a unique hybrid powertrain that can automatically switch between front-, rear-, and all-wheel drive, a gas-powered engine handles the fronts, while the rears are powered by an electric motor and a battery pack. The Deep Orange 3 also has an unusual three-plus-three layout. This was one of several “Deep Orange” projects that have been undertaken between the two schools.

1976 Tyrrell P34 F1

1976 Tyrrell P34 F1

Bruce Canepa

The Tyrrell P34 (Project 34), otherwise known as the "six-wheeler," was a Formula One race car designed by Derek Gardner, Tyrrell’s chief designer. It was one of the most radical entries ever to succeed in Formula One competition and has been called the most recognizable design in the history of world motorsport. The car used four specially manufactured 10-inch-diameter (250 mm) wheels and tires at the front, with two ordinary-sized wheels at the back. The six-wheel design reduced the lift caused by two larger front wheels, improving frontal downforce. This vehicle was featured prominently in the new film Rush.

1983 Ford/Ghia Barchetta one-off concept vehicle

1982 Ford/Ghia Barchetta one-off concept vehicle

Scott Grundfor

This concept car, designed by Ghia for Ford Motor Company, was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show at a time when design had been greatly restricted due to a slew of new US government regulations. The design and mechanics were very fresh and the vehicle garnered rave reviews everywhere it was shown. The Barchetta had a major impact on many designs that followed, such as the Miata, showing the industry that there was still a strong demand for affordable, fun vehicles, re-opening that market segment.

1991 McLaren F1

1994 McLaren F1

Jay Leno

The McLaren F1 is a sports car designed and manufactured by McLaren Automotive. It was conceived as an exercise in creating what its designers hoped would be considered the ultimate road car. Originally a concept conceived by Gordon Murray, he engaged Peter Stevens to design the exterior and interior of the car. It set the record for the world's fastest production car in the world, reaching 243 mph. The car features numerous proprietary designs and technologies and it is lighter and has a more streamlined structure than many modern sports cars. A unique feature is the driver’s seat located in the center and slightly forward of two passengers’ seats, providing the driver with superior visibility.


FULL LIST OF EXHIBITORS

 

Bicycle

1897 Pierce Board Track Racer

Carl Haren

1912 Pierce Single Cylinder Motorbike

Carl Haren

1934 Schwinn Streamline Aerocycle

Tony Henkels

1949 Schwinn Whizzer

Tony Henkels

1950 Monark Gene Autry

Steven Thomas

1952 Rollfast Hopalong Cassidy

Shawn Thomas

 

Big Bold American

1947 car hauler with three Nash cars inside, pulled by a 1949 GMC

Peter Dunkel

1948 Cadillac Sedanette

Charles Nearburg

1948 Ford F6

Brett Gregory

1952 Chevrolet 3100 Pickup

David Wood

1953 Cadillac Series 62 by Ghia

Petersen Automotive Museum

1955 Ford Thunderbird convertible coupe

Gary Schroeder

1957 Buick Caballero Estate Wagon

David Wilhelm

1962 Chevrolet Impala SS 409 two-door coupe

Tony Garcia

1964 vintage Airstream Bambi 16' guesthouse/camper/mobile office conversion

Matthew Hofmann/Wally Hofmann
HofArc Airstreams

1968 Plymouth Barracuda Fastback

Bruce and Cathy Jamieson

1969 Pontiac Grand Prix concept car

David Crook

 

Classic Beauty

1899 De Dion Peugeot Tricycle

Larry Freese

1925 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Picadilly convertible coupe

Aaron Weiss

1928 Lincoln Seven-Passenger Limousine sedan

Tony Henkels

1929 Bentley 4.5-liter Tourer by Vanden Plas

Bruce Meyer

1930 Bugatti Type 46 Petite Royale Gaston Grummer Faux Cabriolet

Richard Adams

1933 Duesenberg SJ Convertible Coupe by Murphy

Petersen Automotive Museum

1934 Bugatti Type 57 Aravis

Paul Emple

1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sport Saloon

Chuck Swimmer

1937 Cord 812 convertible coupe

Aaron Weiss

1938 Alfa Romeo 6C2300B Mille Miglia Berlinetta

Barry Hon

1939 Bugatti Type 64 Coupe

Peter and Merle Mullin

1939 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante

Peter and Merle Mullin

1939 Bugatti Type 57C Aravis

Peter and Merle Mullin

1947 Fiat 500 “Topolino”

Ron Lee

1958 Morgan 4/4

Larry Guzin

1961 Fiat 500 Jolly by Ghia

Mark Parkinson

1971 Citroën DS

Sarah Gavit and Andre De Salis

1972 Citroën DS

Armand Hargett

1972 Citroën Maserati SM Sport Maserati

Stewart Reed

 

Exotic

1963 Lotus Elite 2-door coupe

Shin Yoshikawa

1969 De Tomaso Mangusta

Alan Granberg

1969 Lamborghini Miura coupe

Hiram Bond/Paul Marcelino

1971 Iso Grifo coupe

Hiram Bond/Paul Marcelino

1976 Lamborghini Countach LP400

Chuck Gayton

1984 Ferrari 512 BBi Berlinetta Boxer two-door coupe

Kirk Axtell/Steve Mraovic

1985 Lamborghini Jalpa

Joe Tseng

1994 McLaren F1

Jay Leno

2004 Lamborghini Murcielago

James Powers

 

Hot Rod & Custom

1917 La Bestioni 14-liter 900 cubic inches Boat Tail Speedster

Gary Wales

1929 Ford Roadster hand-built hot rod

Harry Nicks

1932 Ford Roadster hot rod

Chick Koszis

1934 Ford 5W Coupe full custom “Iron Orchid”

Beau Boeckmann/Galpin Ford

1946 Lincoln Club coupe ICON Derelict

Jonathan Ward

1950 Chevrolet Thriftmaster pickup resto-mod

Jonathan Ward

1961 Kelly Corvette coupe

John Breslow

1963 Volkswagen Beetle Ragtop (100% electric conversion)

David Benardo/Bonnie Rodgers

2005 Anteros Coachworks Roadster two-seat convertible

Roger Hector

2013 Galpin GTR1 concept car

Beau Boeckmann/Galpin Ford

 

Manufacturers/Design Studios

1959 Chevrolet Corvette Racing Stingray

General Motors Design

1961 Chevrolet Corvette Mako Shark

General Motors Design

1971 Honda Z600 coupe

American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

2009 Infiniti Essence concept car

Nissan Design America

2010 Acura ARX-02a

American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

2013 Deep Orange 3

Mazda / Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

General Motors

2014 Fiat 500e Coupe

Chrysler Group LLC

2014 Fiat 500L Lounge

Chrysler Group LLC

2014 Fiat 500 Turbo

Chrysler Group LLC

Tesla Model X

Tesla Motors, Inc.

BMW i3

BMW

 

Innovation on Two Wheels

1912 Indian Board Track Racer

Larry Freese

1965 Honda CT105

Shinya Kimura

1975 Ducati 900SS

Bill Nation

1976 BMW R90S

Shinya Kimura

1994 Ducati Monster Custom Street Tracker

Alex Earle

2008 Ducati Desmosedici D16RR

Pro Italia Motorcycles

2013 Vintage Electric E-Tracker

Andrew Davidge

2013 Randy Grubb Decopod scooter

David Johnston

2014 Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom

Pro Italia Motorcycles

2014 Mission RS electric motorcycle

Mission Motorcycles

2020 concept from Zero Motorcycles sponsored project

Bruno Gallardo

 

Motorsport Innovation

1957 Lotus Eleven Spyder (recreation)

John Holodnik/Vivian Woo

1960 Porsche 356B Carrera GTL Abarth

Jack Croul

1960 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Veloce Zagato

Jerry Rosenstock

1964 Alfa Romeo TZ (Tubolare Zagato)

Ron Hein

1976 Tyrrell P34 F1

Bruce Canepa

2010 Aerovault L Trailer

Brock Racing Enterprises LLC

 

Sports & GT

1949 Porsche Gmünd Coupe

Jeff Zwart

1953 Siata 208S

Richard Darling

1954 Pegaso Z-102 Saoutchik low-roof coupe

Steve Tillack

1956 Ferrari 250 GTZ Berlinetta Zagato

David Sydorick

1960 Ferrari 250 Pininfarina Coupe

Paul Colony

1961 Austin Healey “Bug-eye” Sprite roadster

Bata Mataja

1963 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray split-window

Bill Galloway

1964 Shelby 289 Cobra

Ben Reiling

1965 Aston Martin Short Chassis Vantage Volante

Jerry Rosenstock

1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435

Gooding & Company

1967 Toyota Sports 800 removable hardtop roadster

Scott and Bev Sylvester

1968 Porsche Soft Window Targa

Steve Hoskins

1968 Lamborghini Islero grand touring

Chris Kidd

1982 Ford/Ghia Barchetta one-off concept vehicle

Scott Grundfor

1983 DeLorean DMC-12 coupe

Miles Smith

2005 Superformance Brock Coupe

Peter Brock

2006 Superformance Brock Coupe

Gayle Brock

2006 Fisker Tramonto

William Edwards