Cars from art deco period exhibited in Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- They are long, low, sleek and sexy.

Many of the cars at a new exhibit in Nashville are one of a kind. Others are or were owned by famous people.

What binds them together is their art deco period design and the venue where they are showcased -- the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, which was built in 1933-34 as the city's main post office. The exhibit is titled Sensuous Steel, and it runs through Sept. 15.

Many of the cars were never production vehicles, but hearken from a time when an automobile was a personal expression.

Most are what special curator Ken Gross calls "bespoke cars" -- those designed and built to custom order in a process that could take 2,100 hours and demanded skilled craftsmen.


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