|Holden Hurricane coupe, concept car 1969. |
Photo: Courtesy General Motors.
In a first for an Australian art gallery, the NGV will honour the history of the Australian car with an exhibition titled: Shifting Gear: Design, Innovation and the Australian Car.
23 of Australia’s most iconic vehicles together with photographs, models, sketches, illustrations and archival material will be displayed.
The exhibition will also look toward the future of the Aussie automobile industry as it moves from manufacturing to being a global contributor through specialist design knowledge.
Visitors to the exhibition will also have the opportunity to experience many of the stories behind the development of some of the county’s most iconic vehicles and the designers who styled them.
They include Lewis Bandt who designed the hugely successful Ford coupe utility or ‘ute’ which was quickly copied by local and international OEMs.
Some exceptionally rare vehicles that were never manufactured will include the Holden Hurricane designed by Don Daharsh, the Holden Efijy devised by Richard Ferlazzo and the Brian Tanti-designed FR-1, a 21st century hotrod created to showcase the future of motoring Down Under.
Australia also engineered its fair share of high-performance production cars starting in the late ‘60s and continuing until the early ‘70s. They included the Chrysler Valiant Charger E49 acknowledged at the time to be the world's fastest accelerating car, the Holden Monaro and Holden Torana.
Shifting Gear will also cover the roles played by the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV) and the numerous niche manufacturers who produced fully manufactured vehicles and original body styles such as the two-seater Bolwell Nagari.
A series of public programs will accompany the exhibition along with a landmark publication that will trace the 100-plus year history of Australian car design.
Shifting Gear: Design, Innovation and the Australian Car will be on display at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square from 6 March 2015 to 12 July 2015.