Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Samsung Transportation Museum Part Two: First Floor Lobby Gallery

The first floor lobby of the Samsung Museum has floor to ceiling windows, displaying the nine cars of the Beauty exhibition in natural daylight augmented by interior lights. According to the museum’s exhibition guide, these vehicles “are considered and understood as beautiful art pieces.” While everyone has their favourites that they’d like to see included, I don’t think there’d be any argument that the cars on display are indeed beautiful. Here’s a look at the first three.

1988 Panther Kallista

1988 Panther Kallista by Kate Tompkins

1988 Panther Kallista by Kate Tompkins
I have to confess I’d never heard of this car, built by the Panther Car Company in England. But now that I’ve seen this retro-looking roadster, I want one. The technical specs can be found on the Carfolio site while more pictures and information about the Kallista and its predecessor the Lima are on the Panther Car Club site.

1934 Chevrolet Master

1934 Chevrolet Master by Kate Tompkins

1934 Chevrolet Master by Kate Tompkins
I love cars with rumble seats. But according to conceptcarz, Chevrolet only sold 1,974 of the roadster version of the 1934 Master, out of 452,412 Master series sold that year, so I guess I’m in a minority. And admittedly, an open car, even with a pull-up roof, isn’t too practical as a daily driver.

1930 Cord L-29 Cabriolet

1930 Cord L-29 Cabriolet by Kate Tompkins

1930 Cord L-29 Cabriolet by Kate Tompkins
Again according to the people at conceptcarz, the 1930 Cord L-29 came in four standard body types: sedan, brougham, phaeton, and cabriolet. Many people bought them with custom coachwork. This particular model is factory-produced but still gorgeous. The museum brochure notes that the Cord was the first front wheel drive car to be mass-produced. Don't you just love the paint job on this beauty? And yes, that is what it looks like in the background.

1924 Buick 24-6-45

While this 1924 Buick wasn’t considered one of the beauties, it was in the same section and is the only car you can not only touch, but actually climb inside. So of course I did.

1924 Buick 24-6-45 by Kate Tompkins
More Beauty cars tomorrow.

1 comment:

  1. The Panther Kallista was pretty cool!


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