Fish named Wanda? No, but this show offers cars named for fish

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1962 Covington Tiburon is one of the featured vehicles at aquatic-oriented car show | Maritime Aquarium photos

What sort of car show would an aquarium host? A car show full of cars named for fish, of course. 

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, Connecticut, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and on the day before Father’s Day, it will present “Barracudas, Sting Rays & More Show Cars from the Sea.”

“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,” aquarium spokesman Dave Sigworth said. “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.”

Sigworth said the aquarium staff wanted to do a special event for the Father’s Day weekend and institution’s president suggested a car show.

The display, the first car show held at the museum, will include 11 vehicles:

•  A 1956 Bengert Manta Ray, one of only four of the fiberglass-bodied kit cars still known to exist.

• The 1962 Covington Tiburon (tiburon is the Spanish word for shark), a fiberglass-bodied roadster built around the powertrain from a 1971 Renault R10 and known as “the most streamlined car in the world.”

•  A 1965 Rambler Marlin and a 1966 AMC Marlin sport fastback.

1966 AMC Marlin

•  A 1970 Plymouth Barracuda, one of only 334 from that year with a 440 V8 and 4-speed gearbox

•  Two “whale tail” Porsches — a 1979 Porsche 930 and a 1994 964 – plus a 1973 Porsche 911 in Viper Green and looking quite froggish in appearance. 

• a 1987 BMW M6 E24 “Shark.”

•  2014 and 2016 Corvette Sting Rays.

Vehicles will be displayed at the aquarium’s riverfront courtyard.

For more information, visit the museum’s website.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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