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1929 Duesenberg J Dual-Cowl Phaeton

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1929 Duesenberg J Dual-Cowl Phaeton

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 88mph in second gear; this when most cars could barely reach 70mph! The car was unabashedly advertised as “The World’s Finest Motor Car” and the only copy used in many of the company’s advertisements...

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Dick Vermeil “Black Beauty” 1926 Open Wheel Sprint Car

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Dick Vermeil “Black Beauty” 1926 Open Wheel Sprint Car

“Black Beauty” 1926 Open Wheel Sprint Car On view from April 27 – June 11, 2015 Dick Vermeil, the former Eagles coach who won a Super Bowl with the St. Louis Rams, is justly famous for his football skills. What few people know is that he’s also a journeyman auto mechanic. He was trained by the best – his father, Louis Vermeil, who operated a backyard garage in the Napa Valley town of Calistoga, where Dick Vermeil grew up. There, the younger Vermeil began working in the garage in his early teens, dismantling things and...

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Lotus: The Art of Lightness

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Lotus: The Art of Lightness

January 24 – April 26, 2015 Image courtesy of Michael Furman. Enjoy this personal tour of the Lotus Exhibit by our guest curator Kyle Kaulback. Another video showcasing many cars from this exhibit: Video production by Sean Whelan Lotus and the genius of Colin Chapman have been at the forefront of racing technology and automotive design since 1948. Colin Chapman’s philosophy of light weight and efficiency of design resulted in 7 Formula 1 World Championships as well as wins at Le Mans, and Indianapolis , saloon car racing and the World...

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Cars & Christmas

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Cars & Christmas

November 14 – January 4, 2015 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...

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100 Years of Dodge

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100 Years of Dodge

September 26 – October 12, 2014 Sponsored by:  It is difficult to imagine, but by the time John and Horace Dodge introduced their own car to the public in 1914, they were already among the largest and most experienced automakers in the world. The two brothers were inseparable and started at an early age working and learning skills in their father’s machine shop, and moved on to become expert machinists and steam boiler engineers. By 1897 they had designed and created a much-needed sealed ball bearing for bicycles and started their own bicycle...

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Reflections Art Exhibit by Mark Watts

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Reflections Art Exhibit by Mark Watts

The AACA Museum is excited to continue our tradition of sharing great automotive art pieces with our guests with “Reflections” by Mark Watts.  Mark captures the essence of reflective surfaces such as cars and water in his artwork.  This exhibit runs from September 12 – October 30, 2014. This exhibit has been extended through October 30th by popular demand. Mark Watts Artist Bio: Mark attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City and Temple University, Tyler Campus in Philadelphia. He has been creating great works of...

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Indian Nation: Indian Motorcycles and America

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Indian Nation: Indian Motorcycles and America

March 28 – October 24, 2014 A display of approximately 25 Indian motorcycles will explore the Indian brand from inception to their current re-introduction, what they mean to us, and what they may be able to tell us about America. Download the Vehicle Display List Indian and American Timeline 1901 Indian formed; first prototypes built 1903 Large-scale production begins 1908 Over 400 American dealerships; also overseas 1916 Industry pressured: small American makers (Merkel, Pope, Thor) in trouble Indian’s Board of Directors opposes President...

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Chocolate Covered February

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Chocolate Covered February

February 1 – 28th 2014 Hershey is known year-round as The Sweetest Place on Earth but February is a special month with a town-wide celebration of all things chocolate.   The AACA Museum has a 1920s gallery that depicts downtown Hershey in the 1920s.   The Museum is also home to one of the rare Hershey’s Kissmobile Cruisers that on display for guests to enjoy. To kick off this year’s celebration kids can create their own white wall tire out of a chocolate donut and vanilla frosting on February 1st from 1-3 PM. Throughout the month,...

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The Art of the Build: Rods and Kustoms

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The Art of the Build: Rods and Kustoms

January 24 – April 27, 2014 Whether it be Europe, Asia, here in America or anywhere in between, the world depends on mass-produced vehicles to make life convenient and comfortable. These vehicles and the factories that assemble them are what keeps economies growing, businesses flourishing, and families in motion. For most of the general population, a ‘showroom stock’ car is more than adequate. In fact, the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) prides itself on promoting the preservation and restoration of cars and other vehicles to the...

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Stainless Steel, 1967 Lincoln Continental Convertible

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Stainless Steel, 1967 Lincoln Continental Convertible

  In 1935, officials at Allegheny Ludlum Steel Division and the Ford Motor Company collaborated on an experiment that resulted in the creation of stainless steel cars that would be a tribute to stainless steel, one of the most dynamic metals ever developed. Allegheny Ludlum, a pioneer producer of stainless steel, proposed the idea of creating a stainless steel car to Ford, leading to the development of a 1936 Deluxe Sedan, that later became the centerpiece of a campaign to expose the public to the new metal and its many uses. Later,...

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