July 23, 2024

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Audrain Launches “Color, the Cars of Summer” Exhibit

The Audrain Automobile Museum’s 34th exhibit, “Color, the Cars of Summer,” pays tribute to the vibrant spirit of Newport summers, beaches, cruising Ocean Drive and reliving those nostalgic memories and the vehicles that made them memorable. 

The exhibit runs from June 15 through September 8, 2024.  

“Color, the Cars of Summer” features a diverse range of automobiles, including classic convertibles that evoke a sense of freedom and adventure, iconic woody wagons that were once a common sight at the beach, vibrant samba buses that transport visitors back to the heyday of surfing culture, charming microcars that were popular during the 1950s and 1960s, and sleek scooters that provided a stylish and efficient mode of transportation.

A few of the sweet rides of summer are a 1963 Volkswagen Transporter, a topless red 2001 Ferrari 550 Barchetta V12 and the modern day ultimate off-road supercar, the 2024 Lamborghini Huracán Sterrato. 

(19) Automobiles:

  • 1930 Packard Eight Sport Phaeton
  • 1940 Chevy Custom Topless Roadster
  • 1951 Fiat 500C Topolino Giardinera
  • 1951 Crosley Super Sports
  • 1956 Ferrari Bimbo Racer – Electric Child’s Car
  • 1956 Pontiac Star Chief Convertible
  • 1959 Fiat 600 Jolly
  • 1963 Volkswagen Type II Double Car Transporter
  • 1968 Triumph TR5 PI Roadster
  • 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Cobra Jet
  • 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Roadster
  • 1974 Porsche 911 Targa
  • 1985 Jeep CJ7
  • 2001 Ferrari 550 Barchetta
  • 2023 Porsche 911 GT3 “Audrain Green” Paint to Sample
  • 2019 Bugatti Chiron Sport Sky View
  • 2023 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170
  • 2024 Porsche 911 GT3 RS
  • 2024 Lamborghini Huracán Sterrato

(1) Motorcycles:

  • 1955 Schwinn Whizzer Model WZ-1955 motorbike

“With ‘Color, the Cars of Summer,’ our goal is to transport our visitors to a time when Newport embodied the essence of summer fun,” said David de Muzio, Audrain’s Executive Director and Chief Curator. “We want to give people the chance to relive those magical moments and experience the joy that these amazing vehicles brought to people’s lives.”

“This exhibit is sure to evoke a sense of nostalgia, delight and wonder, as it showcases remarkable vehicles that conjure memories associated with Newport summers,” said Audrain CEO Donald Osborne. “The vehicles we have chosen not only celebrate beauty and style but also honor the connection between automobiles and the culture of Newport. The exhibit delves into the rich history of Newport summers and the role that cars played in shaping the local lifestyle.”

Learn more here.

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