Wooden Wonders

Savoy Automobile Museum, Cartersville (Georgia), USA

Until May 5, 2024

With Wooden Wonders, the Savoy Automobile Museum offers a nostalgic journey around these cars whose bodies mix a steel front part, and a rear or side part framed and clad in exposed wood. While some models, especially utilitarian ones, were quite rudimentary, much more polished top-of-the-range models, with polished and varnished woods, color schemes and various types of wood, were offered by most American manufacturers in the 1930s to 1950s.

For Wooden Wonders, the Savoy Museum offers 2 cars typical of this architecture, with a 1948 Chrysler Town & Country sedan and a 1946 Mercury station wagon. The originality of the exhibition is to associate these cars with 3 beautiful sport boats, also made of wood, from some of the most renowned brands of their time. 2 are replicas of racing boats, “Hotsy Totsy”, a 1926 Purdy and “Thomas”, a 1936 Gar Wood Speedster. The 3rd one, “Nana” is a 1948 Chris-Craft 19′. 2 of the boats are attached to the cars, forming a harmonious whole highlighting the woodwork.

In addition, the Savoy Automobile Museum has planned a particularly eclectic exhibition programme for 2024, including a tribute to women drivers and their cars, the cars of the stars and films, 2 exhibitions on cars from the Indianapolis Circuit Museum, the Packard brand and Japanese cars. Of course, you will find more information in the next Automobile Museums newsletters.

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