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Back to the Future Tribute Car

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Back to the Future Tribute Car

The Future is Now at the AACA Museum On display from June 20 – October 30 Will be offsite for an event and not available for view on 9/12 & 13 The AACA Museum is turning back the hands of time this summer. Along with our A Family Affair:  Station Wagons exhibit, we thought it would fun to honor the 30th Anniversary of the “Back to the Future” movies.  The year 2015 was the year they traveled to in the original “Back to the Future” movie at the end of Part 1 and again in Part 2.   We will feature a “Back to the Future” tribute car – an original DeLorean that has been hand crafted to look like the original movie car.   There are also concept prints on display to show the progression of this tribute car to the finished product. In the 1985 blockbuster film Back to the Future, the...

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1932 Reo Royale 8-35 Rumbleseat

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1932 Reo Royale 8-35 Rumbleseat

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 of General Motors. Starting in 1931, Reo introduced the luxurious Royale with coachwork designed by Amos Northrup, chief body designer for Murray. The pioneering streamlined bodies were powered by a 358cid, 125hp straight eight on either a 131” or a 135” wheelbase featuring one-shot chassis lubrication and thermostatically-controlled radiator shutters. At $2445.00, this was Reo’s most expensive car. By 1933 the company was in deep financial trouble and following stockholder squabbles, Olds gave up control of the company in late-1934; car production was discontinued in summer 1936 while Reo concentrated exclusively in the commercial...

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A Family Affair: Station Wagons

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A Family Affair: Station Wagons

May 23 – October 12, 2015 Who is up for a summer Roadtrip! 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...

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Automotive Jewelry Art Exhibit by Michael Furman

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Automotive Jewelry Art Exhibit by Michael Furman

May 23 – September 19, 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...

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Motorbikes for the Masses

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Motorbikes for the Masses

Motorbikes for the Masses Guest Curator Rob Kain tells us more about this summer exhibit Inexpensive, reliable, easy to maneuver and park transportation for a crowded urban area. This is where motorbikes, scooters, and mopeds really shine compared to ‘traditional’ motorcycles. The AACA Museum honors these often under-appreciated and sometimes ridiculed machines with its new exhibit, “Motorbikes for the Masses”. While not a new invention (the 1915 Motoped from Long Island is considered to be the first production scooter), smaller motorbikes and scooters gained immense popularity during Post-WWII Europe and Asia. The ravages of war had left many factories in ruins, and transportation requirements for the populace were in dire need. Former aircraft factories, forbidden to build planes, turned to these two-wheeled, small-framed machines. They were easy to manufacture compared to automobiles or other large forms of transportation, provided much -needed jobs and immediate freedom to travel for the...

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Tucker Automobiles: The Cammack Collection

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Tucker Automobiles: The Cammack Collection

“A man who has once gotten automobiles into his blood can never give them up. . .” Preston Tucker American History Illustrated Now Open! The AACA Museum has completed phase 1 on a most meaningful phase of its development – the renovation of the existing 5,200 square foot Cammack Gallery creating an unparalleled exhibit: the world’s largest and best-known collection of Tucker 48 automobiles, engines, mechanicals and automobilia from Tucker historian and collector David Cammack. This permanent, interactive and educational exhibit involves vistors in the compelling story of the development of these historic vehicles and dynamically displays their unique and advanced features. Beyond the cars, we’ve chronicled Preston Tucker’s vision, determination and struggles that are so much a part of the marque’s history. The Tucker exhibit is a “must see” attraction for hobbyists, historians and the general public from all over the world. The Cammack Tucker Gallery design has been fully endorsed by descendants...

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Whitney Houston’s 1986 Rolls Royce Silver Spur factory Limousine

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Whitney Houston’s 1986 Rolls Royce Silver Spur factory Limousine

image credit to www.whitneyhouston.com An Anonymous collector has donated a 1986 Rolls Royce Silver Spur factory Limousine which was once owned by famed music icon, the late Whitney Houston. Houston, one of the most successful singers of all time and often referred to as “The Rolls-Royce of soul voices”, purchased this car through her publishing company Nippy, Inc. and used it extensively for her daily activities. Among the cars features is a division window, TV/VCR, and a wet bar with crystal glasses. In 1980, Rolls-Royce introduced two new cars to their line-up: The Silver Spirit and the long-wheelbase version Silver Spur. Although the bodies were completely new, the chassis was essentially identical to the previous Silver Shadow but with a new self-leveling suspension. The factory offered even longer limousine versions of the Silver Spur such as this car. The base price of this vehicle was $198,000 in 1986 and...

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Hershey’s Kissmobile Cruiser on Display at the AACA Museum

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Hershey’s Kissmobile Cruiser on Display at the AACA Museum

On long-term loan from The Hershey Company and on Display Most Days Have you ever seen a 12 ft. tall Hershey’s Kiss? You can at the AACA Museum in Hershey! The Hershey’s Kissmobile cruiser is a 12-foot tall, 26-foot long custom-made vehicle resembling three Hershey’s Kisses. Since the creation of Hershey’s Kissmobile in 1997, the cruiser has traveled over 250,000 miles and sampled over 2,000,000 Hershey’s Kisses Brand Milk Chocolates. The mission of the Kissmobile is to create an emotional connection with Hershey’s consumers and to raise donations and awareness of the Children’s Miracle Network. All money raised locally stays in the community and benefits the Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. Fun Facts The Hershey’s Kissmobile holds over 230,000 Hershey’s Kisses – That’s almost a ton of Kisses! Each Hershey’s Kissmobile travels over 30,000 miles each year. A Hershey’s Kissmobile cruiser is on display daily by the Museum’s main entrance....

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“FROM ROADS TO RAILS” Custom Model Train Display

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“FROM ROADS TO RAILS” Custom Model Train Display

  A custom train display continues at the Antique Auto Museum at Hershey. It’s yet another opportunity to cruise through time—on rails—at the AACA Museum during the holiday season. New features for this year now include an interactive Car Wash in addition to the operating Drive In Theatre and Saw Mill/Lumber Yard. Travel back in time as these O-gauge locomotives take you to “Tuckerville,” the Museum’s vision of small-town America in the 1950s.   The 36-foot long layout was designed and installed by a group of volunteers under the leadership of Ed Maloy, one of the founding board members of the Museum.   The display has been expanded to include over 350 feet of track and features a new Mountain scene and logging train.   Roads to Rails Model Train Display runs...

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