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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 was simply, “He drives a Duesenberg.” The list of Duesenberg owners was a Who’s Who of Hollywood elite along with captains of industry. No wonder – a bare chassis began at $7,500.00 before coachwork was supplied. Most cost between $15,000.00 and $20,000.00 fully equipped (a Ford Model A in 1929 cost less than $400.00). This is one of two Derham...

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1932 Auburn 8-100A Custom Deluxe

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1932 Auburn 8-100A Custom Deluxe

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 that its Lycoming Straight Eight sports a Schebler carburetor helping the car to produce 110hp as compared to the later cars which were equipped with Stromberg carburetors producing 100hp. The car was delivered new to its owners, a honeymooning couple, in northern California in 1932. According to its A-C-D Certification, it is the only known Custom Deluxe Speedster on the registry for 1932. The Custom Deluxe model included covers for its side-mounted spare tires, a Pines Waterfront grille, Pilot Ray lights, and a lug wrench as standard equipment. Optional equipment includes the chrome wheels,...

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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 cleaning parts. He graduated to tune-ups and brake jobs, then rebuilding engines and transmissions. When he was a high school football coach, he was a mechanic during the summer. In graduate school, he worked nights and weekends at a service station. Louis Vermeil owned several race cars, but his first serious one, and favorite,...

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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 Rally Championship. Chapman’s mantras of simplification, light weight and the least amount of parts effectively deployed that went into his racing car design were directly translated into Lotus’ road cars and produced iconic machines such as the Seven, Elan, Esprit, and Elise. The rest of the automotive world is finally realizing that horsepower makes you fast in the...

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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 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 (except for Sunday, November 23).    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...

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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 plant, the “Evans & Dodge Bicycle Company”. After selling the company for a princely sum of $7500 (plus royalties for the bearing design), a new Dodge Brothers company opened its doors and began manufacturing automobile parts, including automobile engines for Ransom E. Olds, founder of Oldsmobile. After delivering a number of reliable engines to Olds, orders...

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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 art for the past 30 years. Now with two studios, one in the rolling hills of Bucks County Pennsylvania and one in Sunny South Florida. Mark has worked for clients such as Walt Disney, Budweiser, The Rolling Stones, Warner Brothers Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Sony, Tyco Toys, Crayola, William Morrow Publishing, and Avon Books – to name a few! Mark has produced...

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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 Hendee; pursues quick profits with Government. Indian makes 60,000 motorcycles for the war effort, but at the expense of the future civilian market and the dealers 1917-1918 American involvement in World War I 1921 Indian’s Dick Richards attempts scientific market analysis: What do buyers want? 1922 Motorcycling’s image hurt by board track’s injuries: Dangerous—not for ‘regular folks’ Sales down; Indian has trouble meeting payroll 1923 Growing...

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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, visitors can participate in a Hershey’s Kisses Scavenger Hunt throughout the Museum – how many Hershey’s Kisses can you find? Guests can build their own Kissmobile out of Hershey’s chocolate products on President’s Day, February 17, 2014 from 1-3...

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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 exact way a car left the factory for historical documentation.   But as typical human beings, we are all individuals, and some are not content to possess an object that thousands of others could easily own. Be it a house, car, or even a fashion statement, many of these free-thinkers prefer to create a custom tailored vision of their unique persona. We...

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