ArtCenter Car Classic – Visions of the Future

2016 Dodge Viper ACR

ArtCenter Car Classic

On Sunday, October 25th, ArtCenter College of Design hosted the 2015 Car Classic on the lawn of its picturesque campus tucked away in the Pasadena hills. Each year, the event looks back at automotive culture and architecture by way of design, celebrating the storied works of automotive designers, many of whom graduated from ArtCenter.

This year’s show, titled “Visions of the Future,” featured classic and concept cars that were forward-thinking and influential to the design of today’s cars. The result was a display of some of the coolest cars ever built, regardless of their mainstream popularity achievements.

Take Lamborghini for example. We all remember the Diablos and the Murcielagos, but what about this 1985 Lamborghini Jalpa?

1985 Lamborghini Jalpa

You can’t talk about influential car designs without mentioning the first generation Ford Mustang, which spawned endless imitators with its long hood and short deck.

1966 Ford Mustang GT Fastback
1966 Ford Mustang GT Fastback

Jay Leno - ArtCenter Car Classic

A special treat for attendees, former Tonight Show host and avid car collector Jay Leno stopped by with his 1,070 horsepower 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado.

Jay Leno - 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado

Another unmistakable star at the show was “KITT,” a 1982 Pontiac Trans Am from the television series Knight Rider.

KITT Knight Rider

“Oh, Michael…”

KITT Knight Rider

The ArtCenter Car Classic is more than just an annual car show, it’s a journey through design, both past and present, and a look at how our “quest for tomorrow” affects our lives today. Special thanks to all of the sponsors and private collectors who were so generous to share their priceless collections with the public.

2016 Dodge Viper ACR
2016 Dodge Viper ACR
1911 Ford Model T Touring
1911 Ford Model T Touring
2015 Fisker Galpin "Rocket"
2015 Fisker Galpin “Rocket”
1931 Nash 887 Town Sedan
1931 Nash 887 Town Sedan
1941 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Coupe
1941 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Coupe
1929 Auburn 8-120 Boattail Speedster
1929 Auburn 8-120 Boattail Speedster

Photos by Andrew Chen

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