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Museum Acquires SAAB Corporation, Restarts Production

April 1, 2014 (Hershey, PA)- In a stunning surprise announcement, the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) Museum has disclosed the purchase of SAAB Heavy Industries and intends to restart production of the iconic motorcar. The new corporation, AmericanSAAB! (ASAAB!) will be headquartered within the Museum’s South Hanover Township compound in Hershey. Ground breaking for the on-site production facility will begin later this month.   “This is a truly exciting time for the AACA Museum and for SAABophiles worldwide”, exclaimed Mark Lizewskie, Executive Director of the Museum. “For months we have been in secret meetings with all of the key players involved working around the clock to accomplish this endeavor. I personally want to thank everyone for their participation to ensure ASAAB! carries on the tradition of quirky, fun automobiles with Swedish sensibility.”   Harking from its early roots, ASAAB! has already engaged an undisclosed guest designer identified only as “Designer X” to create a new car dubbed the Nine Too!. “The Nine Too! pays homage to the original 92 from 1949, except with modern components. Designer X was given strict instructions to be true to the Brand. Then we locked him in a garden shed with nothing but a desk, lightbulb and a litter box for nine months- Nature’s perfect gestation time!”     The resulting Nine Too! features a lightweight monocoque composite body using a new compound consisting of ash sawdust, bovine feces and carbon fiber that was developed by a Lancaster County woodworker and chemist. A new three-cylinder Hyperstroke® engine module producing 210 horsepower is being sourced from the Arminius Miller Corporation in Los Angeles, while the 7-speed manual front-drive transaxles are created especially for ASAAB! by the newly resurrected E.L. Cord Company in Connersville Indiana. Designer X’s highly detailed illustration fully captures the essence of the 1,800 lb., four passenger car with a projected price of under $12,000.   The new state-of -the -art 1,000 square foot manufacturing plant will employ 10.75 people and create over 75,000 jobs. “We’ll have 220 volts and everything!” proclaimed Lizewskie. “The new Nine Too! is obviously a niche market car built in small numbers. We already have over 35,000 orders placed, but if we get 50 built we’ll be thrilled. The Nine Too! makes me very, very, very, very, very, very happy!” For additional information or to place an order, please contact ASAAB! at aprilfools@aacamuseum.org.   About the AACA Museum: The Antique Automobile Club of America Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, displays beautifully restored automobiles, buses and motorcycles in unique life-like scenes representing the 1890s – 1980s in a cross-country journey from New York to San Francisco. This Museum, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, is known to be one of the largest automotive museums. Special exhibits change several times a year and focus on a variety of eras and types of vehicles. The Museum is in South Hanover Township, located...

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Cars & Christmas Special off for Visit PA

November 14 – January 4, 2015 Save up to $6 Off Admission – Coupon offer at the Bottom of the page! Cars & Christmas is the annual holiday celebration at the AACA Museum. Decorations adorn the Museum on all levels with dozens of decorated holiday trees, several model train displays, specialty vehicles and more. We also encourage you to donate non-perishable food items or a new unwrapped toy for our food & toy drive so we can all share in giving to others during the holiday season. The Grinch and Max Scavenger Hunt in the Museum is always a favorite — how many can you find? Sammy the Snowplow will be out front to meed guests as they arrive. Ernie’s Taxi from the iconic holiday movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” will be on display. This makes a great backdrop for your holiday photos. New this year we will be a vintage bicycle display! 1970 Sears Screamer No.1 1965 Sears Girl’s Spaceliner 1965 Sears Boy’s Spaceliner 1952 Rollfast Hopalong Cassidy 1949 Shelby Donald Duck 1953 Schwinn Black Phantom 1973 Schwinn Orange Krate 1971 Schwinn Cotton Picker Krate 1967 Schwinn Fastback Ramshorn The opening of our newest permanent exhibit – The Cammack Tucker Gallery featuring the World’s Largest display of Tucker Automobiles and automobilia. We will again honor the local schools as we invite them to decorate a themed holiday tree. Competition is fierce and creativity abounds – be sure to vote for your favorite as the top three schools receive a gift card. This MINI Snowmobile was designed and created in 2003 as part of the Discovery Channel’s “Monster Garage” television program. The show, hosted by custom motorcycle fabricator and owner of West Coast Choppers, Jesse James, features James and his assembly team attempting to modify an everyday production vehicle into a “monster machine” under strict rules that place restrictions on time, budget and parts. James and his team assembled the MINI Snowmobile out of a standard model MINI Cooper Hardtop. Upon completion, James took the MINI Snowmobile to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, to race NASCAR legend Richard Petty on a Polaris snowmobile. Another holiday favorite is our Hess Truck display and there will be a new collection for guests to view again this year! We are also excited to have the Hess Truck Mobile Museum and interactive area come to visit on November 30th from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Annual Food & Toy Drive The holidays are also about giving back and we’re excited to again be coordinating a food & toy drive here at the AACA Museum beginning November 14th and running through December 30th. Non-perishable food donations will be distributed via The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank is a nonprofit organization that is able to reduce hunger in 27 counties across central Pennsylvania. By working with more than 800 partner agencies they are...

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The 2014 Camaro Raffle takes place Saturday 10/11/14 @ 2 PM at the AACA Tent by the entrance to the show field.

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