If Only The Actual Future Had Been As Cool As These Cars

Beginning next month, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta will exhibit 17 concept cars from the early 1930s to the 21st century that pushed the limits of imagination and changed the automobile from an object of function to a symbol of future possibilities.

If Only The Actual Future Had Been As Cool As These Cars

The four-wheeled fantasies — brought together from across Europe and the United States — were never mass-produced (dammit!). They were created as a way to explore bold design concepts and experiment with new technologies.

Highlights of the exhibit will include:

  • General Motors' "Firebird 1 XP-21" (1954). [Top photo]
  • Marcello Gandini's Lancia (Bertone) "Stratos HF Zero" (1970), a wedge-shaped car that is only 33 inches tall. [Above photo]
  • Paul Arzens' "L'Oeuf électrique" (1942), an electric bubble car designed by Arzens for his personal use in Paris during the German occupation, which has never before traveled to the U.S.
  • Christopher Bangle's BMW "GINA Light Visionary Model" (2001), featuring an exterior made of fabric.
  • A full-scale (6 x 20 foot) rendering of a concept car by Carl Renner (1951)

And no, you can't test drive any of them.