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.

2002 Toyota Prius Sedan

Date:
2002
Creator:
Toyota Motor Manufacturing U.S.A.

The intent of hybrid automobiles is to improve fuel efficiency and reduce tailpipe emissions compared to standard internal combustion powered cars. Hybrids use small internal combustion engines and battery powered electric motors. Powerful computers and sophisticated software coordinate the smooth, seamless transfer of power between the internal combustion engine and the electric motor. This Prius is one of the "first generation" of Toyota's hybrid cars, introduced in the United States in 2000.

Location:
20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124-5029
Identifier:
2006.74.1
Institution:
The Henry Ford
credits:
From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

1903 Holsman Runabout

Date:
1903
Creator:
Holsman Automobile Company

This 1903 Holsman runabout could negotiate America's early rural roads. Its big wheels with puncture-proof solid rubber tires cleared ruts, climbed hills, and traveled through dirt, sand, and mud. These high-wheelers were inexpensive and low maintenance. High-wheelers were popular especially among farmers until other automobiles became better and cheaper.

Location:
20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124-5029
Identifier:
00.241.1
Institution:
The Henry Ford
credits:
From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Henry Wilkerson.

1915 Chevrolet Royal Mail Roadster

Date:
1915
Creator:
Chevrolet Motor Company

Designed to appeal to adventurous drivers, Chevrolet's Royal Mail looked like a racecar -- long hood, short rear deck, and a fuel tank behind the seats. Add the stylish fenders and a hood that flowed smoothly into the body and you had a rakish little car. Auto enthusiasts could race away with this vehicle for under one thousand dollars.

Location:
20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124-5029
Identifier:
58.77.1
Institution:
The Henry Ford
credits:
From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

1998 Dodge Ram Quad Cab Pickup Truck

Date:
1998
Creator:
Chrysler Corporation. Dodge Division

In the 1970s pickup trucks became the best selling vehicles in the United States. By the 1990s extended cabs with small but usable rear seats were very popular. The 1998 Dodge Ram Quad Cab added two doors to give better access to the rear seat. Four doors, a full rear seat, and a high quality car-like interior turned the pickup into a replacement for the family sedan.

Location:
20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124-5029
Identifier:
2011.124.1
Institution:
The Henry Ford
credits:
From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

2009 Ford Focus Electric Promotional Vehicle

Date:
2009
Creator:
Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company built two of these vehicles to promote electric cars. Starting with a European Ford Focus, engineers replaced the stock drive train with an electric motor and batteries. The cars were driven by various celebrities appearing on comedian Jay Leno’s television talk show. One car was donated to The Henry Ford, the other to the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.

Location:
20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124-5029
Identifier:
2011.196.1
Institution:
The Henry Ford
credits:
From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

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.