1955 Ghia Gilda

Los Angeles's Petersen Automotive Museum this week will debut an exhibit dedicated to early versions of what were thought to be aerodynamic cars, the New York Times reports. The cars may not have cut the wind as well as the designers intended, but some of them sure were beautiful.

The exhibit, "Aerodynamics: From Art to Science," will display cars dating back to the 1928 Martin Aerodynamic, which is on loan from Nashville's Lane Auto Museum. The Martin is an example of how early car designers attempted to design more aerodynamic cars by copying airplane designs. Other models on display will include a 1935 Chrysler Airflow, a 1938 Delahaye, a 1940 BMW 328 Mille Miglia Kamm Tail, a 1955 Ghia Gilda (pictured above at the 2007 Art Center Car Classic) and a 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona. The Peterson exhibit opens June 16 and will run through May 2013.