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DRIVE: ICONIC AMERICAN CARS AND MOTORCYCLES

Some call them rolling sculptures, others the shape of speed.

Experience nearly two dozen legendary vehicles that defined the height of American automotive ingenuity in the new exhibition, DRIVE! Iconic American Cars and Motorcycles, presented by Advance Auto Parts.

This special ticketed exhibition is on view at the Taubman Museum of Art in the heart of downtown Roanoke September 8, 2018-February 3, 2019, with a Member Preview Day on Friday, September 7.

The vehicles featured in the exhibition span over a half-century from 1912-1965 and include one-of-a-kind concept cars and celebrity-owned roadsters and motorcycles.

DRIVE! Iconic American Cars and Motorcycles is organized by well-known guest curator Ken Gross, former director of the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.

Don't miss your chance to see these rare vehicles gathered together for the first and only time ever! Purchase tickets online or in person at the Museum's Visitor Services Desk.

Please note: The 1954 Ford Mainline "Liquor Car" Coupe will be on view in the Museum Atrium August 30-September 23.

The 1959 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray will be on view September 7-November 18, and will then switch out with the 1959 Cadillac Cyclone XP-74, which will be on view November 21, 2018-February 3, 2019.

The 1948 Tucker Torpedo will be on view November 21, 2018-February 3, 2019.

  • Phaeton

    1937 Cord 812 Phaeton Tom Mix, courtesy of Bob White, Scottsdale AZ

  • Phaeton

    1937 Cord 812 Phaeton Tom Mix (vintage) , courtesy of Bob White, Scottsdale AZ

  • Frist Baher Packard

    1934 Packard Twelve Model 1106 Coupe, Collection of Bob and Sandra Bahre, Oxford, ME
    Image © Peter Harholdt

  • Phaeton

    1937 Cord 812 Phaeton Tom Mix (vintage roadside), courtesy of Bob White, Scottsdale AZ

  • 1960 Plymouth

    1960 Plymouth XNR, Collection of Paul Gould, Pawling, NY
    Image ©2011 Shooterz.biz, Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

  • Stout Scarab

    1936 Stout Scarab (side view), Collection of Larry Smith, Saginaw, MI
    Image © Peter Harholdt

  • Edsel Ford Speedster

    1934 Ford Model 40 Speedster (detail), Collection of the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House, Grosse Pointe Shores, MI
    Image © Peter Harholdt

  • Phaeton

    1937 Cord 812 Phaeton Tom Mix (engine detail), courtesy of Bob White, Scottsdale AZ

  • Steve McQueen 1947 Indian Chief

    Steve McQueen 1947 Indian Chief with Sidecar

  • Stout Scarab

    1936 Stout Scarab (front view), Collection of Larry Smith, Saginaw, MI
    Image © Peter Harholdt

  • Cadillac

    1959 Cadillac Cyclone XP-74 (detail), Collection of GM Heritage Center, Warren, MI
    Image © Peter Harholdt

  • Edsel Ford Speedster

    1934 Ford Model 40 Speedster, Collection of the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House, Grosse Pointe Shores, MI
    Image © Peter Harholdt

  • Frist Baher Packard

    1934 Packard Twelve Model 1106 Coupe (grille detail), Collection of Bob and Sandra Bahre, Oxford, ME
    Image © Peter Harholdt

  • 59 Stingray

    1959 Chevrolet Sting Ray Prototype (detail), Collection of GM Heritage Center, Warren, MI
    Image © Peter Harholdt

  • Phaeton

    1937 Cord 812 Phaeton Tom Mix, courtesy of Bob White, Scottsdale AZ

  • 59 Stingray

    1959 Chevrolet Sting Ray Prototype, Collection of GM Heritage Center, Warren, MI
    Image © Peter Harholdt

  • Frist Baher Packard

    1934 Packard Twelve Model 1106 Coupe, Collection of Bob and Sandra Bahre, Oxford, ME
    Image © Peter Harholdt

  • Phaeton

    1937 Cord 812 Phaeton Tom Mix (interior detail), courtesy of Bob White, Scottsdale AZ

  • Cadillac

    1959 Cadillac Cyclone XP-74, Collection of GM Heritage Center, Warren, MI
    Image © Peter Harholdt

  • Phaeton

    1937 Cord 812 Phaeton Tom Mix, courtesy of Bob White, Scottsdale AZ

  • 1960 Plymouth

    1960 Plymouth XNR, Collection of Paul Gould, Pawling, NY
    Image ©2011 Shooterz.biz, Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

  • Stout Scarab

    1936 Stout Scarab (interior detail), Collection of Larry Smith, Saginaw, MI
    Image © Peter Harholdt

Drive Exhibition Events


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Nov 02, 2018 - Nov 02, 2018


5:30 PM - 8:30 PM


Paint your Pet in a Car!



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Nov 04, 2018 - Nov 04, 2018


1:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Artsy Embroidery: Key Chains



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Nov 17, 2018 - Nov 17, 2018


11:00 AM - 2:30 PM


Roanoke Ballet Theatre Special Performance for Drive!




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Jan 11, 2019 - Jan 11, 2019


7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Hoods-up Evening with Ken Gross


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