The Powerhouse Museum Presents AUTO OBSESSION Featuring The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences' Car Collection, 8/9-10/26
The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences will for the first time showcase its extraordinary car collection in a new display at the Powerhouse Museum. AUTO OBSESSION, from 9 August to 26 October 2014,is part of a new Re-Collection project to ensure greater public access to the Museum's rich collection.
Featuring over 25 restored and original historic cars, AUTO OBSESSION comprises a curious, eclectic and fascinating collection from luxury tourers and family sedans to racing and sports cars. Iconic cars from Australian automotive history including a 1955 FJ Holden, a 1965 Ford Falcon XP, and a 1970 Chrysler Valiant Regal VF will be seen alongside the lesser-known, but strikingly quirky, 1964 Lightburn Zeta runabout and 1971 Nota Fang IV prototype sports car.
"Auto Obsession highlights our love affair and lifelong obsession with cars. It is fitting that a car show is the first in our new Re-Collection series where we will bring the Museum's extraordinary collection out of the vaults and on public display," said Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences Director, Rose Hiscock.
Many of the cars in AUTO OBSESSION are time capsules of automotive history, having had little work done on them other than to preserve them in carefully monitored storage conditions. They can be compared to the much sort-after "barn find" cars in the current collector market.
The display will include one of the most popular cars in the collection - the 1959 Goggomobil Dart, a little red sports cars made in Sydney by Bill Buckle. Called a minicar or baby car, it's characterised by a small engine with high power output, low fuel consumption and simplicity. Made of light and strong fibreglass, its body design, inspired by a Jaguar XJ 120, sits so low to the ground doors weren't needed, you just stepped in.