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Early Off-Roaders

Vintage SUVs Featuring 50 Years of the Ford Bronco May 21 – October 15, 2016 Sport Utility Vehicles today are often more Luxury than Sport or Utility. Plush heated leather seats, automatic four-wheel-drive and power everything are the norm and often outsell the bread-and-butter sedans offered. Most never go off the pavement.   “It’s as faithful as a dog, as strong as a mule and agile as a goat.” – War correspondent Ernie Pyle describing the Jeep.   Years ago, it was a completely different mindset. Our world famous Jeep and the British Land Rover were borne from necessity. A military needed a rugged, capable vehicle to get from Point A to Point B when no roads connected the two. Farmers, ranchers, hunters and guides were desperate for something to reach places not on the map. Just ask Marlin Perkins from “Wild Kingdom”! Off-road traction and keen mechanical survival skills were more important than doors, heaters, carpeting or other ‘creature comforts’.   The AACA salutes these icons and the vehicles begat from them. The first generation Ford Bronco, introduced in 1966, had a twelve-year run with a huge cult following and later became infamous as O.J. led the LA police on the world’s slowest chase. Diminutive offerings from Asia such as the Suzuki Samurai emerged as the icons grew in size. All told, these early simplistic vehicles changed the way the world traveled to the far reaches of the globe.   We’re looking for some great SUV’s to be a part of this exhibit, maybe you have one or know of someone who does. Early Off-Roader Wish List • Ford GPW (Museum owned) • Early Jeeps/ Bantams • Jeepster • Early Land Rovers • Suzuki Samurai/ Brute • Isuzu VehiCross • Ford Broncos ( all generations) • Bronco II • Lada Niva • Mercedes-Benz Unimog • Pinzgauer • Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 • Lamborghini LM002 • Early Subaru wagon • VW Thing? Contact us at 717-566-7100 or at...

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Pioneers in African-American Auto History

February 1 – April 30, 2016 In salute of Black History Month, AACA Museum will present a history of the pioneering African-American community that contributed to the culture of the automobile industry. These men and women laid the foundation for others to pursue careers in such fields as franchised car dealers, designers, custom car builders, race car drivers and manufacturers.

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Cars & Christmas at the AACA Museum

November 21 – January 3, 2016 Our celebration to get you into the holiday spirit featuring dozens of themed decorated Christmas trees, unusual vehicles, vintage toys and cars, Hess Truck display, Model Train exhibits, Sammy the 29ft. snow plow, Grinch Scavenger Hunt and much more!  Each year we partner with schools in the community to have students decorate a themed Christmas Tree with ornaments they create.   Guests vote on their favorites throughout the holiday season.   The top 3 schools will receive gift cards. We’ve got a few new surprises for 2015!   First, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – the US National Broadway Tour prop car!   Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is based upon a vintage racing car that was featured in many forms including the original novel by Ian Fleming, movie and stage productions. The inspiration for Chitty came from early racing cars and the sound that these cars made as they were started which sparked the idea for the name. This prop car has many interesting details and functioning stage tricks. It has 15 separate circuits which control the car’s own theatrical lighting, both interior and exterior. The tires tilt 45 degrees and rotate and of course she has her wings! There will be sessions planned where guests will be able to see the operation of some of these tricks during the time the car is on display – check back for specific dates/times of these demos.   Along with this prop car there will be additional memorabilia items on display including several toy versions of the famous Chitty flying car made by both the Corgi British toys 1968, 1:43 scale model and the beautiful Stevenson Toy company released in 2005 for the Broadway state theatrical production 1:18 scale model toy car along with photos of Tony Garaofalo with Dick Van Dyke and the famous movie Clown Costume to name a few.  Watch the videos at the end of this page for more details! Have you ever dreamed of a life-sized pedal car?  We’ve got one!  This is a one of a kind creation has a body made from fiberglass with a steel under structure.  The creator, Dan Hryhorcoff, decided to copy a recognizable toy car and make it full size.  This car is made with inspiration of the “Murray General” pedal car, also known as the “Murray Sad Face”.  Even more amazing is that this pedal car is  drivable!   A 1997 V6 3 litre Ford Ranger as the donor vehicle.   The necessary parts were stripped down to separate components, cleaned and reassembled in an arrangement suitable for the pedal car dimensions and structure.   The body was created in sections first sculpted in styrofoam and plaster ( in the positive).  Then fiberglass molds were made for (the negatives) from these sculptings.  From those molds came the fiberglass panels (the positives) that make up the car body. Also new this...

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It’s a Small World: Micro & Mini Cars

November 21 – April 22, 2016 “Awww…it’s so cute!” If you own a Corvette or a pickup truck, this is the last thing you want to hear someone say about your ride. But like puppies, kittens, bite-sized desserts and other diminutive obsessions, micro- and mini-cars often elicit this same response.   The AACA Museum’s newest exhibit, “It’s a Small World”, treasures and welcomes this tiniest sector of the car collecting world. By recognizing that not everything needs to be BIG, the Museum has carefully selected a variety of these microscopic machines that are sure to make visitors crack a smile, point and giggle, and snap a selfie or two.   They say that the best things come in small packages – this exhibit will feature a variety of micro and mini cars that are sure to delight! Featured Vehicles: 1937 Fiat Topolino 1947 Crosley 1963 VW Beetle 1967 NSU Sport Prinz Owner: Walter Miller 1976 Chevette ‘woody’ Owners: Joseph & Kim Krajnak 1976 Citicar Owner: Ron Green BMW Isetta Owner: Tom Ferrier Subaru 360 Young Sport Owner: Walter Miller DAF Owner: John DeBruin Vehicles are subject to change without notice.  Updated...

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Spirit of the Halloween Season

October 17 – October 31 The AACA Museum is getting into the Halloween spirit!   We will be showcasing a variety of black and orange vehicles in our main exhibit gallery along with a1924 REO wooden body funeral hearse. We also have a special Trunk or Treat program for kids 12 and under on Saturday, October 24th from 12 – 3PM where you decorate your own treat bag then visit many treat stations throughout the Museum.   We even have a large inflatable haunted house!   Learn More>>...

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Autos in Acrylics – Automotive Fine Art by Dan Reed

September 25 – November 6, 2015 Dan began drawing at a young age thanks to the encouragement of his grandfather, who painted scenes in and around his home town of Philadelphia. His influence also inspired Dan’s brothers, Trevor and Jason, who are also artists. Dan studied art at West Chester University in the early 1990s. During that time, the university commissioned a series of four pen & ink illustrations depicting some of the original 19th century buildings on campus. That pretty much started the ball rolling. He continued to explore many pen & ink techniques and soon began adding color with pencils and water color before developing what today is his specialty, acrylic painting. Having a life-long interest in cars, it was only natural for Dan to incorporate the automobile as a key subject in his artwork. For about a dozen years, while working a day job as a test lab technician, he continued to hone his artistic talent nights and weekends. While building a portfolio of automotive related artwork Dan would load his paintings into his vintage Cadillac and take them to weekend car shows. By 2005 Dan had built a loyal following of collectors of his work as well as a steady back-log of private commissions. It was at this time that Dan made the transition from the test lab day job to full-time automotive fine artist. Dan’s acrylic paintings are created in a highly realistic style with a brilliant level of detail.   Dan Reed will display his work here at the AACA Museum throughout the fall including during AACA Hershey Fall Meet Week when we have thousands of enthusiasts visit the Museum.   Visit Dan’s website for more information. Eldorado Motel Buick Century Atomic Buick Bomerrod The...

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