The car is the most cherished and admired of all contemporary objects, and car design is one of the distinctive, even defining art forms of the twenty-first century. The evolution of car design is a story of fantastic inventiveness. Within the simple constraints of the unchanging architecture of the automobile, its wheels, seats and engine, metal and plastic and glass-have been transformed to express freedom, style, sex, and power. In terms of aesthetics, it is a story of how the disparate forms of the primitive horseless carriage became integrated into a sculptural whole. Only rock music and the movies (with which the car has so very much in common) can compare with the cultural impact of the designed automobile.