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Fins: Form Without Function

Gayle Anderson was live in Los Angeles at the Petersen Automotive Museum to show viewers its latest exhibit, “FINS: FORM WITHOUT FUNCTION,” now on display through Sunday, February 2, 2014. This exhibit examines fins and cars, a  design intended to resemble a contemporary jet fighter or space rocket’s tailfin and engine sections, from more than a dozen vehicles. Vehicles from the exhibit include the 1937 Delage, 1948 Cadillac, 1951 Crosley Scorpion, 1951 Ford X-51, 1951 Sophn, c. 1956 Cosmic Concept “Mystery Car,” 1957 Chrysler 300C, 1957 Toyota Toyopet, 1958 Dual Ghia, 1956 Lone Star Meteor (boat), 1959 Cadillac, 1959 GSM Dart Alfa, 1960 Electric Shopper, and the 1962 Chaika.

Inspired by a post-World War II fascination with the jet age, tailfins became popular in the 1950s and 1960s. More about looks rather than function, tailfins were part of a car’s style, which changed from year to year during this period in order to ensure a car manufacturer’s success. 

Join Petersen curator Leslie Kendall Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. for an in-depth tour of “FINS” FORM WITHOUT FUNCTION.” Reservations can be made by calling the Museum at (323) 930-CARS.

For more information, contact:
FINS: Form Without Function
Now through Sunday, February 2, 2014
Petersen Automotive Museum
6060 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 930-CARS

If you have questions, please feel free to call Gayle Anderson at 323-460-5732 or e-mail Gayle at Gayle.Anderson@KTLA.com

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Morning News
03/28/13

Form Without Function-1951 Ford

Gayle Anderson was live in Los Angeles at the Petersen Automotive Museum to show viewers its latest exhibit, “FINS: FORM WITHOUT FUNCTION,” now on display through Sunday, February 2, 2014. This exhibit examines fins and cars, a design intended to resemble a contemporary jet fighter or space rocket’s tailfin and engine sections, from more than a dozen vehicles.

Morning News
03/28/13

Form Without Function-1937 Delage

Gayle Anderson was live in Los Angeles at the Petersen Automotive Museum to show viewers its latest exhibit, “FINS: FORM WITHOUT FUNCTION,” now on display through Sunday, February 2, 2014.

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