The Firebird was the first gas-turbine powered car built in the US to figure out the practicality of the gas turbine for use in future vehicles. Described by the motoring press at the time as a "jet fighter on four wheels" the Firebird's gas turbine couldn't provide economical performance, its jet engine was too loud and its exhaust temperature burned at 1,000 degree Fahrenheit. Despite its failures, it captured the public interest and its obsession with space and aviation.
The 'Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas' exhibition is currently taking place in the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia.
The exhibition is a celebration of innovative automotive design that brings together 17 concept cars from Ferrari, Bugatti, Ford, General Motors, Porsche and other manufacturers from Europe and the United States.
The cars shown range in age from the early 1930s to the present day. These are a reflection of design trends born from the contemporary social and political developments of the time that pushed the designers' imagination. In addition to the cars on show, the exhibition features conceptual drawings and scale models to demonstrate the stages of the car design process.
Here we take a look at some of the most visionary designs at the Dream Cars exhibition. In many cases it's amazing how many of the ideas have carried over into production cars of today...