Hershey, PA (March 5, 2016) — Unique vehicles often find a place among the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) Museum collection and the 1967 Ford Econoline Conversionvan, affectionately named H.M.S. Truckie, is one of the most exceptional to date.
The eye-catching custom van was donated by Luther John Deutsch of New Hampshire. The customization work was done by Fred Marshall, who turned this project into a career as the proprietor of Marshall Vans in Carlisle, PA.
Truckie features a hand painted, full wrap around mural of the seascape and is thought to be the first ever customized van. No detail was overlooked, from the headlights replaced with amber fog lights (making night time driving a challenge) to the wooden bumpers.
The nautical theme is continued inside the van, with the engine hidden like buried treasure in the wooden chest doubling as a center console. Long road trips were no problem while traveling in Truckie. Inside is an ice box, functional television, and double bed. A normal steering wheel would not do and is instead replaced with a wooden ship wheel.
Come see Truckie at the 21st Annual AACA Museum Carnival on Saturday, June 18th. Join us for this fun filled day with all makes, models, and years of vehicles in our Car Show, with a special area in front of the Museum for Early Off-Roaders in honor of our Featured Exhibit in the Museum this summer. For more information on Carnival, visit https://www.aacamuseum.org/blog/2016/06/18/20th-annual-museum-carnival-car-show/.
Truckie will also be making an appearance at The Elegance at Hershey, Concorso Bizarro event on Saturday, June 11th. For more information on The Elegance at Hershey, visit http://theeleganceathershey.com/.
Guests can currently enjoy our featured exhibits: “Mods Vs. Rockers” scooter & motorcycle exhibit through October 29 and “Pinstriping & Automotive Art by HotRodJen” through July 31. Upcoming summer exhibits include “Early Off-Roaders” celebrating 50 years of the Ford Bronco and 75 years of Jeep through October 15, along with a “Steampunk U” art exhibit through November 6th.