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A Century of Extraordinary Concept Car Design

Architectural Digest

The GINA Light Visionary Model, a 2001 BMW concept car by Chris Bangle. Photograph courtesy of BMW Close

The GINA Light Visionary Model, a 2001 BMW concept car by Chris Bangle. Photograph courtesy of BMW

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The GINA Light Visionary Model, a 2001 BMW concept car by Chris Bangle. Photograph courtesy of BMW

Insert the word dream in front of any appropriate noun—home, job, vacation—and you’re often left with just that: a nice idea unlikely to come to fruition. Automotive engineers, however, sometimes do get to realize their flights of fancy, in the form of working concept cars. Opening May 21 at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the exhibition “Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas” spotlights a series of singular rides—from the streamlined Norman Timbs–devised 1947 Special to the angular 1970 Lancia Stratos HF Zero—made over the past century for marques foreign (Ferrari, Bugatti) and domestic (Cadillac, Buick). Accompanied by illuminating sketches and models, they’re sure to get your motor running.

Through September 7; high.org

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