Indianapolis Museum of Art exhibit showcases ‘Dream Cars’

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    The 1941 Chrysler Thunderbolt roadster was the first to feature a retractable hardtop roof, while its hidden headlights and handle-less doors enhanced its streamlined design. (Courtesy of Roger Willbanks, Denver, Colorado. Photo by Michael Furman.)

A newly-opened exhibit at the Indianapolis Museum of Art is putting the spotlight on revolutionary automobiles that are as much machines as they are sculpture and art.

The Indianapolis Star reports that the “Dream Cars” exhibit which opened Sunday and runs until Aug. 23 explores the intersection between art and engineering.

Museum curators selected for the show 17 cars that represent American exceptionalism and European sophistication, with plenty of visionary engineering mixed in.

The story begins with roadsters built by Ford and General Motors in the mid-1930s and ends with a 2010 Porsche concept car and a platinum, lizard-like 2001 experiment by BMW’s Christopher Bangle.

That car features a Spandex “skin” that allows the car to wink and open its hood from the center like a gaping mouth.