Garage Finds: Unrestored Treasures that Survived Time

Exhibit opens at the AACA Museum
May 13 – October 8

Hershey, PA (May 10, 2017) The collector car hobby is fascinated with original cars, barn finds, long-term family vehicles that are handed down generation to generation and unrestored, decades-old daily drivers are the current rage with enthusiasts and are occupying prime real estate in magazines, blogs and auctions. How does a vehicle survive in original condition? What are the stories that these vehicles can tell us of their life? These questions and more are the heart of the AACA Museum’s main summer exhibit – Garage Finds: Unrestored Treasurers that Survived Time on view from May 13 – October 8, 2017.

It’s only original once! In the greater world of antique objects, most times the owner is advised to preserve that item in its original condition to keep the maximum value of the object. This hasn’t been the case for automobiles until recently. Many vehicles are restored to “like new” or “better than new” condition by their owners and compete for awards based on their beauty and authentic restoration. To restore or not to restore, that is the question and the focus of our Garage Finds exhibit.

The AACA Museum explores this trend with a captivating collection of vehicles that have survived the test of time. The exhibit features dozens of vehicles of all shapes and sizes and includes familiar names such as Mercury, Ford, Harley-Davidson, Indian, Chrysler, and Buick along with some vehicles that may be new to visitors such as a Crosley, Studebaker, or one of the earliest of vehicles a 1913 Cartercar. Other interesting vehicles include a rare first-generation 1989 Ford Taurus SHO, a 1966 Dodge Police Car and a 1947 GMC Banana Box Truck. Together these create an interesting array of more than 40 automobiles and 35 motorcycles.

The collection of two-wheeled treasures spans from an original 1907 Indian Single through a 1988 Husqvarna WR430. Familiar names like Harley-Davidson, Indian, Triumph, BSA, Yamaha and Honda are represented along with lesser known brands such as Velocette, Sunbeam, Douglas, Laverda and Zundapp. The move toward preservation began a bit earlier for motorcycle owners toward maintaining their original condition. Why? This exhibit will explore these reasons and propose answers to the dilemma of preservation vs. restoration.

Everyone loves a good mystery and a vehicle doesn’t survive the test of time without a story to two, so be prepared for an engaging experience as we unveil Garage Finds: Unrestored Treasurers That Survived Time.

Other new summer exhibits include a celebration of American muscle cars with our Camaro & Firebird 50th Anniversary Exhibit along with Detroit Underdogs a collaboration with Hemmings Classic Car columnist Milton Stern shining a spotlight on cars that are under-appreciated vehicles which are a great entry into the automobile collector hobby as we bring this column to life. A preview party to celebrate the opening of all new summer exhibits is planned for Friday, May 12th from 6-9 PM and is open to anyone who would like to attend. Special activities for the opening include an appearance by Milton Stern guest curator of the Detroit Underdogs column for Hemmings Classic Car, YouTube celebrity GuitarmageddonZL1 with his brand new 2017 Camaro ZL1 and photographer Bob Paulding with a book signing of has amazing The Art of the Car book. Advance reservations are required and the cost is $20 per person ($10 for AACA and AACA Museum Members).


Photo Credit: Jim Butler

Photo Credit: Jim Butler

Click the links below to view a full listing of the vehicles that are part of this exhibit:

Garage Finds Automobile List 5_10_17