For one day only — Saturday, June 8 — the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is expanding its collection to include a “whale,” an “orca special,” Barracudas, “fish mouth” Darts and more.
— an announcement from the Maritime Aquarium
But the additions aren’t fish. They’re automobiles named for fish, on display in the Aquarium’s second annual car show, “Barracudas, Marlins & More Show Cars from the Sea.”
Appropriately for the event, The Maritime Aquarium welcomes only rare and exquisite car models whose names or nicknames were inspired by aquatic animals.
Must-“sea” cars expected to be reeled in are:
—1937 Gougeon Streamliner, a futuristic teardrop-design concept car often called a “whale”
—1954 Frazer “Orca Special,” another rare custom-built show car
—1958 Austin Healey “Frog Eye” Sprite
—1965 Rambler Marlin
—two 1970 Chrysler-Plymouth Hemi ’Cudas
—1968 Barracuda Formula S
—1962 and 1963 Daimler Darts known for their “fish mouth” front ends.
—1979 Porsche 930 “Whale Tail”
—2005 “Shark Face” Porsche Carrera GT
“There haven’t been a whole lot of car models over the years named for fish, and so our collection will feature some of the best and rarest examples of what already are rare automobiles,” said Aquarium spokesman Dave Sigworth.
“With the show scheduled the weekend before Father’s Day, it will be a fun timely outing with your dad,” he added.
Cars for the show are being provided by Black Bridge Motors in Norwalk, Red Line Restoration of Bridgeport, Undiscovered Classics of Tampa, FL, and from personal collections.
The “Barracudas, Marlins & More Show Cars from the Sea” auto show will be outside on the Aquarium’s riverfront courtyard, rain or shine, from 10 a.m,. to 5 p.m. It’s free with admission: $24.95 for adults, $22.95 for seniors (65+), and $17.95 for children (3-12).