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Powerhouse to host Auto Obsession exhibition

Auto Obsession exhibition to display restored and preserved classic cars in Sydney.

The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences' Auto Obsession exhibition will hit Sydney on the 9th of August, showcasing its collection of classic cars at the Powerhouse Museum. 

Over 25 restored and original cars will be on display, each a collectable motoring rarity. Many of the vehicles aren't in perfectly restored box-fresh condition, instead receiving careful attention to keep them in working order and to preserve their historical patina. 

Of course, some of the exhibits have been fully restored to showroom condition for the full 'blast from the past' effect. 

There will also be several icons of Australian motoring in attendance, including a 1955 FJ Holden, a 1965 Ford Falcon XP, and a 1970 Chrysler Valiant Regal VF. One of the popular cars in the collection is a tiny 1959 Goggomobil Dart that makes the modern small car look like a Range Rover.

A 1965 Rolls-Royce Phantom V used between 1966 and 1981 by the NSW Governor, Sir Roden Cutler, will also be on display. The Old Roller is fitted with gold-painted crowns rather than number plates and a police radio that enabled the driver to call ahead and have the traffic lights changed if the Governor was running late. If only modern cars came with such luxuries...

At over 100 years old the 1913 Sheffield Simplex luxury tourer will be one of the oldest cars at Auto Obsession. As one of only three in existence the Sheffield is also the rarest car in the collection. 

The Auto Obsession exhibition will run from the 9th of August until October 26 at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney from 10.00am-5.00pm daily.