76th Indy 500
New to the AACA Museum Collection
Hershey, PA (May 24, 2016) — As the World prepares for the running of the Indy 500 Race this Sunday, we’re taking a moment to remember the 76th Indy 500 race with our newest vehicle. The Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) Museum’s newest donation, a 1993 Cadillac Allante, comes with an interesting racing past. Lifetime AACA Member, Nick Ferrantino, donated the vehicle to the Museum and shared with us this Allante’s unique story.
This Allante rolled off a 9,000 mile “production line” in March of 1992; a production line that began in Detroit, Michigan and continued to the world famous design firm, Pininfarina of Turin, Italy. In Turin, parts were combined with the Italian designed frame and body. With no engine or drive train, the Allante was then transported in a specially designed Boeing 747 back to the United States, where Cadillac added the first production 295 HP Northstar 4.6 V8 and drive train to complete the assembly. This Allante is one of just eight built with matching options by Cadillac. Cadillac ceased Allante production in July of 1993.
This Allante went on to be one of thirty chosen to be a pace and festival car for the 76th Indy 500 race in 1992. The Allante’s Northstar V8 made it possible for the vehicle to do 0- 60 in six seconds. The vehicle features stenciling indicating its Indy Pace car status and Al Unser Jr.’s (Lil’ Al) name on the passenger side door. He and his uncle, Bobby Unser autographed the dash. Bobby Unser was the Allante’s driver and Cadillac spokesperson that year.
Lil’ Al would go on to win that race (not in the Allante!) by just .048 seconds.
Two weeks later, Lil’ Al and his Allante opened the parade at the Belle Island Raceway, Detroit Grand Prix XI parade.
Information credit to vehicle donor and AACA Lifetime member, Nick Ferrantino. Ferrantino also donated Betty White’s 1977 Cadillac Seville to the Museum.
About the AACA Museum
The AACA 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 just off Route 39, one mile west of Hersheypark Drive, Hershey, Pennsylvania. Regular admission $12, seniors age 61 and older $11, juniors age 4-12 $9, children age 3 and under and AACA Members are FREE. The Museum is open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. For further information, please call 717-566-7100 or visit www.AACAMuseum.org.