The Golden Age of Sports Cars pt.1

Until April of this year, the Gilmore Car Museum is featuring the "Golden Age of Sports Cars" exhibit. As there are several cars in there right now, I'll cover the first half in this post, and then have a follow-up post tomorrow.

This 1949 MG TC export model, with it's 70hp 1.3L inline 4, greeted me as I walked into the exhibit. At 1 of 494, this car was relatively rare in the US Market.

This 1966 Shelby Cobra 427, one of the most iconic American cars EVER, really needs no introduction

And the same goes for this 1966 Shelby GT350. This and the Cobra are legends among gearheads.

Before this museum visit, I had never seen a 300SL Gull Wing, apart from at the Detroit Auto show next to the then-brand-new SLS AMG.

The 300SL saw relative success in the European racing circuits, as well.

The interior on this is awesome! I'm not sure why VW is the only current manufacturer that uses plaid upholstry.

The roadster variant of the 300SL was also present, though without Gull Wing doors, which would be rather difficult to pull off sans roof.

This 1964 Alfa Romeo Giulia Spyder was a cool little car. It might be simply due to the long absence of Alfa in the US market, but every time I see one, I have to stop and stare for a bit.

Speaking of Alfa, this rare 6C 2500 SuperLeggera was right behind the Giulia. I'm not sure how I like the cream-colored bumpers, but otherwise, the car is gorgeous.

And then, there's this, the Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Berlinetta from 1967. After seeing this car, I can kind of see where Datsun/Nissan got their inspiration for the now-legendary 240Z

This car, by itself was an exciting car for me. Even if it was just a 1963 Corvette, it would have been special. But this one is the First-ever Z06 Stingray. As far as I know, it's the only '63 Z06 in existence.

Many car designs feature front ends that oddly resemble a face. Some look happy, like the NC MX-5. None, though, look as happy as the 1960 Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite.

This 1965 Porsche 356C, the last year of production, was sold alongside it's successor, the now-iconic 911. Early models of the 356 had much in common with other Volkswagen and Karmann-Ghia models.

This '67 911S, a super clean example of the early narrow-body 911's, was on display behind the red 356.

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-Phil