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Bulger's Beat: Sleek classic cars on display at the Frist

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Style and design were key components in the classic cars of the 1930s and 1940s. In most cases, you have to see them to believe them, and now you can at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in downtown Nashville.

If you already think they don't make cars like they used to, head to the exhibit called Sensuous Steel: Art Deco Automobiles, where the 18 cars will make you long for the past and the open road.

"The people who owned these cars really believed in surrounding themselves with beauty and luxury, and that extends to every part of their lives, including transportation," said Frist Center spokeswoman Ellen Pryor.

Long before "gas guzzler" was part of the English language, these were the cars the rich rode. Now, they are museum-worthy, and many would agree these are four-wheel rolling sculptures.

It was quite an effort just getting the beauties inside the Frist. Elegance and sensuous must avoid scratches and dents.

If you visit, look for the small details, including the grill of one car that appears to resemble the shape of a cat's whiskers.

"The children have dubbed this the Kitty Car. If you look, it has such personality," Pryor said.

For more information on this classic collection, visit: http://fristcenter.org.

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