Norwalk's Maritime Aquarium hosts its first auto show

Celebrate Father’s Day one day early on Saturday, June 16, by taking dad to the Norwalk Maritime Aquarium’s auto show, “Barracudas, Sting Rays & More Show Cars from the Sea.”

The aquarium’s first-ever auto show will feature, appropriately, 11 rare cars all named for marine animals, including a 1956 Bangert Manta Ray, a 1962 Tiburon (Shark) Roadster, plus classic Marlins, Barracudas, Sting Rays and more.

“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 in a press release. “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.”

The aquarium said the must-“sea” cars expected to be displayed outside on the its riverfront courtyard include:

a 1956 Bangert Manta Ray, a fiberglass-bodied kit car, one of only four that still exist;

a 1962 Covington Tiburon (Shark) Roadster, another fiberglass-bodied vehicle that has been called “the most streamlined car in the world.” It has an engine and transmission from a 1971 Renault R10;

a 1965 Rambler Marlin and a 1966 AMC Marlin “Sport Fastback”;

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Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, 10. N Water St. Saturday, June 16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free with aquarium admission: $24.95, $22.95 for ages 65 and up, $17.95 ages 3-12 and under are 3 free. Admission includes IMAX movie. 203-852-0700,

a 1970 Plymouth Barracuda 440, an original black on black and one of only 334 440 4-speed ’cudas built that year;

a 1973 Porsche “Viper Green” 911 Carrera, known for its froggish appearance;

a 1979 Porsche 930 Whale Tail, one of only 1,200 made that year;

a 1987 BMW M6 E24 Shark;

a 1994 Porsche “964 generation” 911 Whale Tail, one of only 1,400 made;

and a 2014 and a 2016 Corvette Sting Ray.