On Sat., June 16 – the day before Father’s Day – bring dad to check out some of the finest rides ever named for fish in The Maritime Aquarium Auto Show: “Barracudas, Sting Rays & More Show Cars from the Sea.”
Appropriately, The Maritime Aquarium’s first-ever Auto Show will feature 11 rare and exquisite cars all named for marine animals, including a 1956 Bangert Manta Ray, a 1962 Tiburon (Shark) Roadster, plus classic Marlins, Barracudas, Sting Rays and more.
“The ocean inspires us all – even car-makers – and we are excited to present examples of the best vehicles named for creatures of the sea,” said Aquarium spokesman Dave Sigworth. “The cars in this exhibit aren’t cars off the street. They’re rare and beautiful show cars, some of which are coming from Florida and New Hampshire just for the day.”
Must-“sea” cars expected to be on hand are:
• a 1956 Bangert Manta Ray, a fiberglass-bodied kit car, one of only four that still exist.
• a 1962 Covington Tiburon (Shark) Roadster, another fiberglass-bodied vehicle that has been called “the most streamlined car in the world.” It has an engine and transmission from a 1971 Renault R10.
• a 1965 Rambler Marlin and a 1966 AMC Marlin “Sport Fastback.”
• a 1970 Plymouth Barracuda 440, an original black on black and one of only 334 440 4-speed ’cudas built that year.
• a 1973 Porsche “Viper Green” 911 Carrera, known for its froggish appearance.
• a 1979 Porsche 930 Whale Tail, one of only 1,200 made that year.
• a 1987 BMW M6 E24 Shark.
• a 1994 Porsche “964 generation” 911 Whale Tail, one of only 1,400 made.
• and a 2014 and a 2016 Corvette Sting Ray.
The vehicles will be displayed outside on The Maritime Aquarium’s riverfront courtyard.
“Barracudas, Sting Rays & More Show Cars from the Sea” will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is free with Maritime Aquarium admission: $24.95 for adults, $22.95 for seniors (65+), and $17.95 for children ages 3-12. Kids under 3 are admitted for free. (Aquarium admission also includes an IMAX® movie, showing in Connecticut’s largest IMAX Theater, with a screen that’s six stories high. Playing daily in June are “Backyard Wilderness” and “Pandas.”)
Learn more about the car show – and all of the popular Norwalk family attraction’s exhibits, programs and IMAX movies – at maritimeaquarium.org.