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July 14, 2013

Art Deco history, written in steel

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— 1938 Talbot-Lago T-150C-SS Teardrop: First introduced at the 1937 New York Auto Show, this curvaceous coupe was designed by Parisian coach builders Joseph Figoni and Ovidio Falaschi. Powered by a powerful 4.0-liter six fitted with three carburetors, this powerful engine produced more than 170 horsepower. It’s little wonder that a 1938 T-150C-SS Coupe finished third at the 1938 24 Hours of Le Mans. Twelve Talbot-Lago coupes were built from 1937 to 1939.

— 1941 Chrysler Thunderbolt: Touted as “The Car of the Future,” the Thunderbolt’s aerodynamic aluminum body, full-width hood, hidden headlights, enclosed wheels, one-piece windshield, hydraulic-powered side windows and retractable one-piece metal hardtop were advanced for their day. Hand-built by LeBaron, the Thunderbolt was priced at $8,250, or more than $130,000 today. Eight Thunderbolts were planned. Five were built; four survive.

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