A new exhibition set to open for the summer at the High Museum of Art features a stunning handpicked collection of 17 of the most desirable concept cars from the 1930s up to the present day and includes seminal designs from Ferrari, Bugatti and BMW as well as a host of jet-age-inspired models from General Motors -- the company that popularized the concept of the concept car back in the 1950s.

As well as showing the cars in the flesh, the exhibition "Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas," which opens its doors in Atlanta, Georgia on May 21, also features the initial sketches, patents and models that helped bring the cars from an idea to future-focused reality.

Highlights of the show span both decades and continents and notable cars include a perfect recreation of the 1935 Bugatti Type 57S Compétition Coupé Aerolithe.

U.S. designer Harley J Earl also features heavily and his Firebird XP-21 from 1953 -- essentially a fighter jet with four wheels -- along with a host of other similarly influenced cars from the same period will also be making a less than subtle appearance.

Meanwhile from Italy the wedge-shaped Lancia Stratos HF Zero concept, created by Bertone's Marcello Gandini and the Pininfarina-designed Ferrari Modulo, both from 1970, will also be on show.

More contemporary exhibits include Chris Bangle's BMW Gina Light Visionary Model -- a two-door drop-top from 2001 which has a flexible fabric exterior skin. When the US designer went to the German carmaker as the lead designer, he really shook things up and the Gina Light Visionary Model perfectly encapsulates his design ethos and a signpost for the future that BMW is still following, even though the two have now parted company.

The most modern car on show is the concept from 2010 that was meant to be a design exercise that studied sustainability and environmental awareness but would lead to Porsche's latest hypercar, the hybrid-powered 918 Spyder.

"The concept cars presented in ‘Dream Cars' demonstrate how design can transcend the present and offer new paths and opportunities for the future," said Sarah Schleuning, exhibition curator and curator of decorative arts and design at the High. "While these cars were never mass-produced, they shaped the future of the automotive industry by challenging the notion of what is possible, technologically and stylistically."