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Monday, May 21, 2012

Samsung Transportation Museum Part Nine: Sports Cars

There were only five cars in this section of the Samsung Museum, only two of which are old enough to qualify as classics. However many of the cars in the rest of the museum—the Alfa Romeo for example—could easily be put here. Here are the two classics, again in chronological order. Eh, who am I kidding? Also in my order of preference.

1956 Porsche 356A Speedster
1956 Porsche 356A Speedster by Kate Tompkins

That is really cute. I can’t decide if I like this or the 1962 VW Karmann Ghia better. I know, sacrilege even to make the comparison. Wikipedia says the 356 Speedster was the suggestion of American dealer Max Hoffman, who I believe was also the one who convinced Mercedes to put the 300SL into production. Smart guy.
1956 Porsche 356A Speedster by Kate Tompkins

1972 BMW 3.0CSL
1972 BMW 3.0CSL by Kate Tompkins

This one I don’t find so appealing, yet like the Ghia it was built by Karmann. Again according to Wikipedia, the 3.0CSL was manufactured so that BMW could compete in the European Touring Car Championship. Consequently it was built light and powerful. The first two BMW art cars were 3.0CSLs, painted by Alexander Calder and Frank Stella respectively. This particular model doesn’t have the wings and air dam seen on later models. Looks like a rally car.
1972 BMW 3.0CSL by Kate Tompkins

And as long as we’re talking BMWs, check out this child-sized BMW 328 the museum also had.
Child-sized BMW 328 by Kate Tompkins

Wondering what the other three sports cars were? A 1993 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet, a 1994 Mazda RX7, and a 1992 Honda Acura NSX.

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