The Thunderbolt was touted by Chrysler as "The Car of the Future", in order to educate the public about aerodynamics and streamlining. Devoid of any protruding exterior features, the Thunderbolt was tested in a wind tunnel, and featured an aluminium body with a steel hood. It was also the first American car to feature an electrically operated, retractable hard-top and retracting headlights. Eight Thunderbolts were planned, but only five were built. In 2014, four of the five original cars survive.
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...