The Future is Now at the AACA Museum On display from June 20 - October 30, 2015 Special note: This car will be OFF EXHIBIT 9/11- 13 to participate in an offsite event The AACA Museum is turning back the hands of time this summer. Along with our A Family Affair: Station Wagons exhibit, we Read More »Read More
1932 Reo Royale 8-35 Rumbleseat Coupe, Murray To be on display in the Museum June 5 - October 8 Reo built its first automobiles in 1904, followed by trucks in 1908. The Lansing, Michigan company was founded by Ransom Eli Olds, the father of the Oldsmobile, after he left his namesake company which became part Read More »Read More
1929 Duesenberg J Dual-Cowl Phaeton outfitted with custom coachwork by Derham. Unfortunately, due to mechanical difficulties this vehicle needed to be taken off display and sent away for repair work. If it returns - will re-post with new dates. We apologize for any inconvenience. Production Duesenberg J’s could top 115mph, and reach Read More »Read More
1932 Auburn 8-100A Custom Deluxe Boattail Speedster To be on display in the Museum June 5 – July 17 Dr. Ashmead’s Black and Pearl Gray Speedster is one of the first six Speedsters built in 1932 out of a total of 84 produced, 63 of which included the eight-cylinder engine. It is unusual in Read More »Read More
“A Family Affair”
Celebrating the Station Wagon
May 23 – October 12, 2015
Remember the Wagon Queen Family Truckster from National Lampoon’s Vacation? How about Carol Brady’s Plymouth Satellite wagon from The Brady Bunch? Do you have fond memories as a kid of riding in the back of the Vista Cruiser with a picnic cooler on the way to a family outing? If you do, you’re not alone. We at the AACA Museum do, and are celebrating those days before minivans, SUVs and soccer moms, before GPS units replaced paper road maps and in-car entertainment systems replaced ‘spot the license plate’ games and such.
Call them station wagons, suburbans, depot hacks, or shooting breaks, the origin of these utility vehicles became prevalent in the teens and twenties, but became very popular in the Post War periods of the 1950s and 60s. As America developed into a two-car family, the station wagon became the workhorse, taking the kids to school and summer camp, hauling the dog to the vets and transporting groceries.
Debuting in May 2015, “A Family Affair” will showcase both familiar and lesser known examples of station wagons and the impact they had on family life.Read More
May 23 – October 11, 2015
Since Michael Furman photographed his first car in the studio, he became fascinated by the mascots and badges that have identified them. They appear as small sculptures or designs in themselves, and became the subject of Michael’s recent book, Automotive Jewelry, Volume One; Mascots, Badges. A book like this had not been undertaken before – a visual reference of the great automotive “identifiers” since the late 1800s – unencumbered by the distractions of color, reflections and shapes that normally limit their presentation.
Mascots and badges vary and mature over the years, reflective of design trends, safety regulations and material availability. The importance of the mascots – how they began as early branding forms and then became integrated into the overall design and presence of the car. Images from the Automotive Jewelry, Volume One; Mascots, Badges book is the subject of this unique art exhibit.
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