1933 Willys Drag Racer

Date:
1933
Creator:
Willys-Overland Motor Company | Montgomery, George

Cars like this gasoline-burning coupes and sedans nicknamed "gassers" were enormously popular with drag racing fans in the 1950s and 1960s. Between 1959 and 1966 this Willys and its owner/builder/driver "Ohio George" Montgomery won its class at the National Hot Rod Association national championships six times. Willys were small economy cars in the 1930s but their light weight made them favorites with drag racers. Montgomery was a talented mechanic and machinist who frequently modified his "World's Wildest Willys" to keep it competitive over the years. Read more »

Location:
20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124-5029
Identifier:
2003.20.1
Institution:
The Henry Ford
credits:
From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

1989 Honda Accord DX Sedan

Date:
1989
Creator:
Honda Motor Company

Honda introduced its Accord in 1976 as a compact car. It was economical, well-built, and fun to drive. Over the years Accords got bigger, and by 1989 they could accommodate families. In 1989 Accord became the first Japanese nameplate to become the best selling car in the United States. Ironically, many Accords, including this one, were built at Honda’s plant in Marysville, Ohio.

Location:
20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124-5029
Identifier:
2011.197.1
Institution:
The Henry Ford
credits:
From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

1973 Chrysler Newport Sedan

Date:
1973
Creator:
Chrysler Corporation

Americans have long shown a preference for buying the biggest cars they can afford, and by the 1970s American cars were truly huge. This Chrysler is 19'-2" long, with a trunk 6'-6" wide. The 400 cubic-inch engine is also large, but government-mandated exhaust emission controls resulted in an output of only 185 horsepower. The vinyl-covered roof was a popular option on many cars.

Location:
20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn,MI 48124-5029
Identifier:
2011.329.1
Institution:
The Henry Ford
credits:
From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

1978 Dodge Omni Sedan

Date:
1978
Creator:
Chrysler Corporation. Dodge Division

This little car was a reaction to the high gasoline prices brought on by the 1973 Arab oil embargo and the new fuel economy standards passed by Congress in 1975. It, and its twin the Plymouth Horizon, were the first American cars to adopt a front wheel drive, hatchback configuration that was common in Europe. Motor Trend magazine named them "Car of the Year."

Location:
20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn,MI 48124-5029
Identifier:
2011.329.2
Institution:
The Henry Ford
credits:
From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

1991 Ford Explorer Sport Utility Vehicle

Date:
1991
Creator:
Ford Motor Company

Sport utility vehicles -- tall, boxy light trucks with high ground clearance, substantial cargo capacity, and often featuring four wheel drive -- have long been used by people living in rural areas. In the late 1980s urban families adopted them as replacements for sedans and minivans. The 1991 Explorer was Ford's entry into this new market and it soon became the best selling vehicle in the class.

Location:
20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124-5029
Identifier:
2011.392.1
Institution:
The Henry Ford
credits:
From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

1931 Bugatti Type 41 Royale Convertible

Date:
1931
Creator:
Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S./Weinberger, Ludwig

Longer than a Duesenberg. Twice the horsepower of a Rolls-Royce. More costly than both put together. The Bugatti Royale was the ultimate automobile, making its owners feel like kings. Not only did it do everything on a grander scale than the world's other great luxury cars, it was also rare. Bugatti built only six Royales, whereas there were 481 Model J Duesenbergs and 1767 Phantom II Rolls-Royces.

Description (physical):

Automobile

Location:
20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124
Identifier:
58.86.1
Institution:
The Henry Ford
credits:
From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Charles and Esther Chayne.

1916 Ford Model T Touring Car: The Tin Lizzie

Date:
c. 1910s
Creator:
Ford Motor Co.

As a teenage farmhand, Samuel Treon, of Red Cross, Northumberland County, drove this Ford Model T on errands and to church. Treon was one of many Americans whose first horseless carriage was the famous Model T, affectionately known as the "Tin Lizzie."Between 1908 and 1927 Henry Ford produced over fifteen million of his practical and affordable Model Ts. Ford's mass-production of the Model T forced many of Pennsylvania's early auto manufacturers who operated small shops out of business.

Location:
300 North St., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 17120
Institution:
State Museum of Pennsylvania

Gardner-Serpollet Steamer

Date:
1902

Some early cars were powered by steam. This Gardner-Serpollet Steamer, built in France where many early steam vehicles were designed, never achieved the fame of America's Stanley Steamer. This 1902 model has elegant brass and leather work.

Description (physical):

Brass, leather.

Location:
300 North St., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 17120
Institution:
State Museum of Pennsylvania

Electric Truck

Date:
c. 1910

This battery-powered electric truck was built by the General Vehicle Company about 1910. It was used in Lancaster until 1948.This truck was slow and limited in its range, but it could haul heavy loads. Its batteries had to be recharged every night. The batteries were located in the box between the wheels.

Location:
300 North St., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 17120
Institution:
State Museum of Pennsylvania

Fire Engine

Soft coal, transformed into coke, was primarily used to fuel blast furnaces. It was also used to extensively to fire locomotives and other steam engines like this fire engine.

Location:
300 North St., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 17120
Institution:
State Museum of Pennsylvania