11/21/15 (Hershey, PA). “Awww…it’s so cute!” If you own a Corvette or a pickup truck, this is the last thing you want to hear someone say about your ride. But like puppies, kittens, bite-sized desserts and other diminutive obsessions, micro- and mini-cars often elicit this same response.
The Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) Museum’s newest exhibit, “It’s a Small World”, treasures and welcomes this tiniest sector of the car collecting world. By recognizing that not everything needs to be BIG, the Museum has carefully selected a variety of these microscopic machines that are sure to make visitors crack a smile, point and giggle, and snap a selfie or two.
Your museum has assembled a great grouping of cars for the exhibit, which runs through April 22nd 2016. Vehicles from America, Germany, Italy and other countries are represented in this unique display. Some might be quite familiar such as Crosley or American Bantam, but when was the last time you saw a Zoe Zipper or a Zastava?
While in general terms a ‘microcar’ is somewhat loosely defined by size of the engine (typically under 1,000cc), the AACA separates them into 3 classes, namely 04A-B, plus 04C for Volkswagens. The criteria for Class 04A & 04B are: “95” wheelbase or shorter, 161”total length or shorter, with 1-4 cylinders, 91 CID 50 hp or smaller.” For our exhibit we bent the ‘rules’ slightly for a couple interesting vehicles, but we think you will find this fun display worth visiting.
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.