The Le Sabre XP-8 was described by GM as "a mobile experiment" and its radically low-slung body was made of then exotic materials, sheet and honeycomb aluminium, magnesium castings and fibreglass. Like the Chrysler Thunderbolt, its hidden headlights were concealed behind an oval grille that unsurprisingly, given the 1950s' fascination with space and jet travel, resembled a jet air intake. The car's wraparound windscreen also influenced the design of the original Chevrolet Corvette. Other advanced features included rain sensors, electrically heated seats, an electric hood and 12-volt electrics.
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...