Feb 20 2016

Museum Road Trip: The Concept Cars of the Blackhawk Automotive Museum

This month my friends and I took a trip to see a football game in Santa Clara, California. It was a great opportunity to take a road trip to a special automotive museum -the Blackhawk Automotive Museum in Danville, California. 

I was especially excited to see Blackhawk's collection of rare concept show cars and prototypes.


Howard Kroplick

The Blackhawk Automotive Museum is one of the world's leading classic car museums. The collection of approximately 50 cars showcases the style, glamour and speed of automobiles from the 1920s to 1960s.

As shown, the cars are beautifully displayed in an art gallery format. These five concept and prototype cars alone are well worth the visit to this amazing museum.

1954 Plymouth Belmont

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1954 Dodge Firearrow II

The Firearrow II and Firearrow III

1954 Dodge Firearrow IV


1955 Dodge Firebomb Convertible Prototype for the Dual-Ghia

Chrysler couldn’t get away with a name like “Firebomb” today, but in 1955 it was the perfect name for this Ghia-designed droptop. And unlike most show cars, this one actually went into production. Detroit magnate Eugene Casaroll purchased the design and production rights from Chrysler and made the car under the name Dual-Ghia between 1956 and 1958. The cars ran 315 c.i. hemis and rode on Chrysler chassis. Famous Dual-Ghia owners included Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Richard Nixon.

1963 Ford Thunderbird "Italien" Concept Car


Howard Kroplick (left) and Tim McGrane, executive director of the Blackhawk Automotive Museum.

Super Bowl 50

By the way, we had a great time at the football game!


Feb 20 2016 Ted 11:47 PM

You’re keeping me busy today. I really like that Thunderbird Fastback the best,got that sporty look,that’s my kind of car. The others are ok,just plain and simple. That T Bird is perfect for you

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