Cars Accelerating the Modern World © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Cars: Accelerating the Modern World opened at the V&A on Saturday November 23, supported by the AFV&A.

This headline exhibition, the first international design retrospective of the motor car, brings together 15 diverse cars to tell extraordinary stories about design and the car’s impact on the broader world. These cars include the first production car in existence; an autonomous flying car; a converted low-rider; and a 1950s concept car. Many of these cars have never been on show in the UK before, and their display will be uniquely juxtaposed with a diverse collection of products, fashion, graphics, photography and film, to draw connections to wider spheres of design and public life.

The exhibition has opened to excellent press reviews, with The Times praising this “high-octane V&A display” for its “nuanced approach […] to one of the most important icons of the modern age”, and a 4-star review in the Guardian describing the exhibition’s “valuable and arresting set of insights into one of the makers of the modern world”.


Free to Members of the AFV&A and V&A (£18 for non-members)
Saturday-Thursday: 10.00-17.30
Friday: 10.00-21.45

Cars: Accelerating the Modern World is supported by Bosch.

With further support from The Cars: Accelerating the Modern World Exhibition Supporters’ Circle
American Friends of the V&A
Audrey & Martin Gruss
Chris & Nicky Thom