While the early automotive industry in all parts of the world designed cars primarily for local markets, it was not long before “World Cars” evolved, standardizing design and parts to ensure quality at the best cost savings for a global automotive market. The Newport Car Museum brings together the best of the marquis brands – based on technological advances and design – developed during the 1950s and ’60s through to the present day
Among the special cars celebrating the art of performance are three British-built Jaguars – the 1956 XK140 Roadster, 1967 E-Type Roadster, and 1992 XJ 220 (at one point, the fastest car in the world) and three German-built Mercedes Benz: the iconic 1961 300SL, 2008 SLR, and 2012 SLS.
And while Japanese manufacturers were not noted for developing powerful race cars, a World Car collection would seemingly be incomplete without an Acura NSX or two (look for one from 2005 and the latest 2017 model).
Rounding out the collection is a German-built BMW Z8, a recreation of a 507 roadster that Elvis Presley owned while serving in the Army in Germany; two Italian-built Lamborghinis, one a 1997 Diablo and the other a 1989 Countach, seemingly featured on every teenage boy’s wall next to his Farah Fawcett poster; a 1979 930 Turbo Porsche (nicknamed the Widowmaker); and a 2011 Porsche 911 Turbo S, which can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 2.6 seconds.