1936 Delahaye 135M Figoni et Falaschi Competition Coupe and 1937 Delahaye 135MS Roadste
1936 Delahaye 135M Figoni et Falaschi Competition Coupe and 1937 Delahaye 135MS Roadste

Sensuous Steel: Art Deco Automobiles – Photo Gallery

Sensuous Steel: Art Deco Automobiles – Photo Gallery Page Eight

1934 Edsel Ford’s Model 40 Special Speedster, Edsel and Eleanor Ford House
1934 Edsel Ford’s Model 40 Special Speedster, Edsel and Eleanor Ford House
1938 Hispano-Suiza H6B Dubonnet "Xenia" Coupe is moved into place.
1938 Hispano-Suiza H6B Dubonnet “Xenia” Coupe is moved into place.
The 1941 Chrysler Thunderbolt parks temporarily in the lobby of the Frist.
The 1941 Chrysler Thunderbolt parks temporarily in the lobby of the Frist.
1939 Delage D8-120 Saoutchik Cabriolet - Classics filled the hallway.
1939 Delage D8-120 Saoutchik Cabriolet – Classics filled the hallway.
The First Center for the Visual Arts. The former Post Office was built in 1934.
The First Center for the Visual Arts. The former Post Office was built in 1934.
The Frist Center for the Visual Arts fronts Broadway in downtown Nashville, Tennessee.
The Frist Center for the Visual Arts fronts Broadway in downtown Nashville, Tennessee.
The lobby of the Frist Center for the Visual Arts during member preview.
The lobby of the Frist Center for the Visual Arts during member preview.
The main gallery was awash with people during the Member Preview.
The main gallery was awash with people during the Member Preview.
Sensuous Steel: Art Deco Automobiles
Sensuous Steel: Art Deco Automobiles

[Source: Frist Museum; photos: Bruce Sweetman]

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    1. This one, Dirk, is, I believe, the FIRST event featured in SCD (not their fault) within a thousand miles of me (near Houston).

  1. Beautiful cars, especially the delahaye teardrop coupes + the talbot -lagot-150c coupes. I wish !!!!

    1. I agree, Bryan, about the F&F cars. On a different plane. But let’s stress: the cars are all beautiful.
      Even the motorcycles; I’ve always kinda liked the looks of the Indian (my Dad rode one on the Texas
      Highway Patrol in the early 30s), but it never occurred to me that those fenders were Art Deco.

  2. What a wonderful “re-purposing” of a grand old post office building! Too bad those great autos were only visiting, but Nashville is convenientl to a large population in the SE.

    1. Absolutely, Chuck. When the USPS finally goes broke (years ago, really), those old
      Depression era buildings will all be available for useful enterprises. This one was
      magic, though.

  3. Not the first such show. Phoenix Art Museum did Curves of Steel a few years ago and it was a blockbuster. The catalog was beautifully done too. Love photos of this one. Thanks.

    1. I think several galleries have done car shows. I know the High Museum here in Atlanta did one, but I reading this carefully I see this: “first fine art museum exhibition devoted to vehicles of the Art Deco era”. I think the Art Deco focus is the distinction here.

      Looking forward to a Nashville trip soon…

      1. Don’t know if it was featured as I don’t think I was on to SCD at the time. Turns out the exhibition was in 2007. Time flies. The catalog “Curves of Steel” has been re-printed and is available on Amazon or from the Museum store. Check it out. Cars and photos are fantastic. Well worth adding to your library.

    1. Yes, Red! Had the old Indian look ever seemed Art Deco to you? It will always be so, in my eyes,
      after this. Perfect placement; no Harley, and certainly no Asian bike, would qualify.

  4. This are in my wishing list!!!!!! What about Rolls and Bentleys???????????Thanks for the photos, just mouth watering………V. Orsi

    1. Sorry, Vittorio. They’re too damned stodgy. This was 30’s STYLE; no dowdy old Brits allowed.

  5. Well, this works out great! I go to Atlanta every Labor Day wknd (NASCAR race) and am always looking for things to do on my return trip. I never take a direct route back to Toronto and I can guarantee there’ll be a Poncho with Ontario plates in the parking lot around Sept. 3. Tres cool and looking forward to seeing these beasts in 3D instead of a flat screen!

  6. Clearly the sense of style and flair that is so prevalent in that period is mostly gone.
    What incredible lines, simply beautiful!