Here’s what you missed at the ‘Art of the Automobile’ car show

The unofficial kick-off to car show season happened on City Hall Plaza this past weekend.

The scene at City Hall Plaza will hopefully look like last year's show.
The scene at City Hall Plaza will hopefully look like last year's show. –Art of the Automobile

Car show and car cruise season is underway, thanks to the “Art of the Automobile,” which was held on City Hall Plaza in conjunction with ArtWeek.

“We wanted to present 10 cars we can present as art cars,” said Ed Owen, the show’s co-founder. “We wanted them to have an educational aspect for ArtWeek, so they are arranged by decade to show how style as evolved through the years.”

The show has grown from a collection of cars on display in Copley Square in 2016 to a show of over 100 cars on the plaza. The gems of the show are the central collection of cars relevant to ArtWeek, and this selection was hand-picked by Owen, along with co-founders John Bailey and Peter Ladas.


This year, the incredible list of cars on display included:

  • 1904 Oldsmobile Curved Dash
  • 1948 Pontiac Silver Streak Woody Wagon
  • 1958 Porsche 356A Speedster
  • 1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Clowd
  • 1966 Lincoln Continental (barnfind)
  • 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.3
  • 1981 BMW M1
  • 1991 Nissan Figaro
  • 2003 Ferrari 360 Spider
  • 2018 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

In addition to these vehicles, roughly 109 cars rolled into the space for a meet-up.

“I think there is a push to get out there and enjoy the automobile,” said Owen, “Not just to polish the chrome, but to get out there and drive.”

If you missed this show, there are plenty more car shows to check out this spring, summer, and fall.