Sweet Rides - Summer Fun

No matter the era, a Newport summer will forever consist of three things – lounging at First Beach, catching the swell at Second Beach, and cruising Ocean Drive. Old woodies, samba buses, micro cars, and vintage surfboards have epitomized summer fun for decades, and we want you to relive those memories and celebrate the sweet rides of summer here at Audrain.

The 1964 Volkswagen Samba bus allowed you bring all of your friends, and their surfboards, to the beach while cruising in style. 1964 also saw the last generation of the Austin Healey 3000; the inline six equipped convertible that further continued the fixation of two-seater convertibles. The engineers in Maranello took that concept a bit further in 2001 with the Ferrari 550 Barchetta, a two seater V12 roadster. In 2018, the McLaren 720S came to the scene proving itself to be the epitome of a driver-focused supercar.

As the automotive industry transitions into the latest generation of high-tech vehicles, purists – yearning for the simpler time when steering wheels shook at high speeds and drivers were required to shift gears by themselves- rant how cars today are almost numb. We have curated this exhibition to demonstrate just the opposite, and to highlight the evolution of automotive excitement.

1959 Fiat 600 Jolly

1940 Ford Deluxe Woody

1946 Ford Super De Luxe Custom Convertible

1951 Fiat 500C Giardiniera

1955 Messerschmitt KR-200 2-Seat Opening Top

1957 Inter 175A Berline Microcar

1959 Autobianchi Bianchinina Transformabile

1961 Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite

1964 Peel P50

1964 Volkswagen 21 Window Samba Bus

1964 Austin-Healey 3000 Mark-II BJ7

1965 Peel Trident

1973 Toyota Land Cruiser

1974 Ford Bronco Custom Half Cab

1976 Triumph TR6

2001 Ferrari 550 Barchetta

2002 AAR Alligator Motorcycle

2018 McLaren 720S

1985 Ferrari 308 GTS

1953 Jaguar XK120 Roadster

Wayne Ransom Serpent

1968 Volkswagen Rail / Sand Buggy