The Art Center College of Design is one of the top transportation design schools in the world, and each year the Art Center Classic gathers some of the world’s best automotive forms in a show that would make Jeremy Clarkson weep with envy.
Graduates of the college include Henrik Fisker, Chip Foose, J Mays, Chris Bangle, and Larry Shinoda, top stylists that have penned many of the most beautiful cars to hail from Germany, Italy, France, Britain and the US.
Designer judges awarded trophies to cars such as the 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic — the most expensive car in the world, having sold for an undisclosed sum over $30 million recently — and the very first Shelby Cobra.
One sad note, though. One of two Lexus LFA supercars in the US was originally supposed to make a showing, but a scheduling conflict prevented it from doing so. It would have been grand to see it next to the 2000GT, much like the parings of the 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C with the 2007 8C Competizione, Mercedes 300SL and SLS AMG gullwings, Mini Coopers, Ferraris and Porsches.
Still, it was a good gathering because many of the car enthusiasts present had never even heard of the cars like the 2000GT or Sports 800. They were in good company, and you can see the gallery below to get an idea of what shared the lawn last Sunday.