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Audrain Automobile Museum Presents “Technological Marvels: A Story of Evolution”

The Audrain Automobile Museum’s 32nd exhibit, “Technological Marvels: A Story of Evolution,” will open its doors to the public on Saturday, December 16. 

The exhibit highlights the milestones of technological development, featuring cars such as the Hudson Commodore, with its state-of-the-art chassis and suspension, and the 1962 Chevrolet Corvair Monza, with the first production turbocharger — which was further refined a decade later in the 1974 BMW 2002 Turbo. 

Among the highlights of the exhibition will be turbocharged, rotary, radial and hybrid electric vehicles that have paved the way for technological advancements and continue to shape the automotive industry today. Visitors will have the unique opportunity to see up close and learn about these historically significant automobiles and motorcycles firsthand.

 1952 Pegaso Z102 series II touring coupe

(17) Automobiles:

  • 1948   Hudson Commodore Eight sedan
  • 1952   Pegaso Z102 series II touring coupe
  • 1952   Jaguar XK120M Fixed Head Coupe
  • 1956   Porsche 356 Emory Outlaw coupe    
  • 1962   Corvair Monza Spyder coupe
  • 1964   Porsche 356C Carrera 2         
  • 1968   Meyers Manx Dune Buggy   
  • 1973   DeTomaso Pantera
  • 1974   BMW 2002 Turbo     
  • 1974   Maserati Bora
  • 1976   Chevrolet Cosworth Vega
  • 2005   Porsche Carrera GT
  • 2014  Mercedes Benz SLS Black Series Coupe      
  • 2015   Porsche 918 Spyder Weissach
  • 2020   Ford GT ’69 Heritage Edition
  • 2021   Meyers Manx, Radial prototype
  • 2022   Hummer EV Pickup Edition 1
 2002 Gurney AAR Alligator

(5) Motorcycles:

  • 1952   Vincent Black Shadow
  • 1975   Suzuki RE5 Wankel Rotary
  • 1979   Honda CBX 6-cylinder
  • 2002   Gurney AAR Alligator
  • 2008   Bimota Tesi 3D

“Following the success of our 28th exhibition, ‘Early Landmarks in Automotive Engineering,’ we are excited to showcase cars in our latest exhibit that have pushed the boundaries of technology from World War II until the present day,” said David de Muzio, Audrain’s Executive Director and Chief Curator. “The lineup of vehicles we have chosen are representative of milestones in the evolution of the automobile and motorcycle.”

“We are excited to have everyone join us as we delve into the fascinating world of automotive engineering and pay homage to the cars that have pushed the boundaries of technology,” said Audrain CEO Donald Osborne. “Our 32nd exhibition promises to be an immersive and enlightening experience for all automotive enthusiasts, history buffs and technology lovers alike.”

Learn more here.