Sixteen of the World’s Most Luxurious and Rare Automobiles at the Portland Art Museum


PORTLAND, OR.- This summer it is hoods up and tops down at the Portland Art Museum. The Allure of the Automobile brings 16 of the world’s most luxurious, rare, and brilliantly conceived automobiles to the galleries of the Museum. From the avant-garde 1937 Hispano-Suiza owned by French apéritif baron André Dubonnet to the ultra-cool convertible 1957 Jaguar XK-SS roadster once owned by Hollywood legend Steve McQueen, the exhibition spans the 1930s to the 1960s and showcases developments in automotive design and engineering. The exhibition is the first to consider the stylistic development of cars in the context of prominent design movements such as Art Moderne and Postwar Modernity. Visitors can learn about the contrasts between European and American design and the significant changes in automotive styling and engineering before and after World War II. Visitors are able to consider the cars in a variety of ways: the a