Sports Car In America

Two seaters that traveled America’s Roadways from the 1940’s – 1980’s

May 23 – October 11, 2009

pic-sports-car-posterWhen you think of American sports cars only a handful of nameplates come to mind – Corvette, Cobra the first Thunderbirds and maybe the Viper. Despite the relatively small number of true sports cars manufactured in the United States, American auto consumers have a long tradition of embracing a wide variety of two-seaters imported from all over the world. The Sports Car In America really got started just after WWII when returning American GIs brought back the little MGs they had fallen in love with in England. Soon these cars, and others from manufacturers such as Austin Healey, BMW, Ferrari, Jaguar, Porsche and Triumph, were being imported to the United States on a regular basis where they were sold to an enthusiastic consumer for daily driving and weekend competition in sanctioned events. Smaller American companies like Kaiser, Packard, Crosley and Cunningham also produced spirited two-seat vehicles for this market, followed in the 1960s and 1970s by newcomers like Honda, Mazda and Datsun from Japan. The Sports Car In America covers the history of the two-seat automobile beginning with the first decade of the 20th century when adventuresome car owners would often take their “gentleman’s roadster” directly from the showroom to the track for spirited competition through the emergence of true, purpose-built sports cars to the offerings of the early 1980s. The exhibition begins May 23 rd and runs through October 11 and will feature approximately 20 representative cars from America, Europe and Asia.

Complete vehicle list is also available as a download.

  • 1948 MG TC
  • 1949 Jaguar XK-120 Alloy Roadster
  • 1950 Allard J2
  • 1951 Nash Nash Healey
  • 1954 Chevrolet Corvette
  • 1954 Kaiser Darren
  • 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL “Gullwing”
  • 1957 AC Bristol
  • 1957 Ford Thunderbird
  • 1958 Austin Healey Bug Eyed Sprite
  • 1962 Jaguar E-Type
  • 1963 Corvette Coupe
  • 1965 Lotus Super 7
  • 1965 Ford GT40 MK V Coupe
  • 1966 Honda S-600
  • 1967 Ferrari 365 GT Spyder
  • 1967 Shelby AC Cobra SC (big block, former C. Shelby owned)
  • 1967 Bizzarini 5300 GT Coupe (big block only one made)
  • 1967 Chevrolet Corvette (race prepped vehicle)
  • 1967 Volvo P1800 (former Roger Moore – Sainte Car)
  • 1971 Datsun 240-Z
  • 1972 Triumph TR6
  • 1974 BMW 2002ii
  • 1980 Mazda RX-7
  • 1982 DeLorean DMC-12
  • 1989 Lamborghini Countach