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The automobile has refashioned our nation's way of life more than any invention in history. See our world-famous collection and witness the automobile's influence on American life throughout the 20th century.
|15 Millionth Ford Model T Touring Car|
This was the last car of the Model 'T' series. After completing this car, the Ford Motor Company began preparations to build the new Model 'A'. The 4-cylinder, 22.5hp, 5-passenger touring car is marked with Engine No. 15,000,000.
The Tucker '48 automobile, brainchild of Preston Thomas Tucker and designed by renowned stylist Alex Tremulis, represents one of the last attempts by an independent car maker to break into the high-volume car business. Preston Tucker was one of the most recognized figures of the late 1940s, as controversial and enigmatic as his namesake automobile. Failing before it had a chance to succeed, the Tucker died amid bad press and financial scandal after only fifty-one units were assembled.
|Ford 999 Racer|
This racer is the original '999' which won the Manufacturer's Challenge Cup in 1902. The twin of this racer, called the 'Arrow', and later renamed the '999', set the world speed record of 91.4 mph on January 12, 1904. Built by Henry Ford, assisted by C.H. Willis and E.S.Huff, with financial backing by Thomas Cooper, the car has no body, no hood, and a wood chassis.
|Bugatti Royale Type 41 Convertible|
Bugatti - even in the select circle of exclusive and legendary automobile marques, this name has a special ring to it. Almost no other car manufacturer has captured the imagination fo the public the way the Bugatti has. The synthesis of art and technology in automobile construction as created in the work of Ettore Bugatti and his son Jean has never been surpassed. Nothing about the Bugatti is coincidental. It is a complete work of art with which, as ambassadors of refined culture, owners identify very strongly.
|Clyde Barrow Letter|
Letter to Henry Ford attributed to Clyde Barrow concerning the merits of the V-8 automobile. Received in Henry Ford's office and acknowledged with reply on April 16, 1934. Text reads:
Mr Henry Ford
Dear Sir: -
While I still have got breath in my lungs I will tell you what a dandy car you make. I have drove Fords exclusively when I could get away with one. For sustained speed and freedom from trouble the Ford has got ever other car skinned and even if my business hasen't been strickly legal it don't hurt enything to tell you what a fine car you got in the V8 -
Clyde Champion Barrow
Made: April 10, 1934
The 2002 addition of one of General Motors' 1997 EV1 electric cars, brings the museum's collection to twelve electric vehicles: nine battery powered cars, one battery powered truck, and two solar powered cars. These vehicles span over a century of history--from 1896 to 1997.
Photo ID: G802
|Ford Mark IV Race Car|
This car, driven by Dan Gurney and A.J. Foyt, won the 24 hours of LeMans on June 10-11, 1967. A new lap record of three minutes, 23 seconds was set, as well as an overall race speed record of 135.48 mph. A similar Mark IV won the 12 hours of Sebring on April 1, 1967.
|Ford Mustang #1|
This is the first Mustang produced. It was sold to Stanley Tucker of St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada on April 14, 1964 and is actually a 1965 model. The Mustang was the automobile that touched off the entire "pony car" craze of the 1960s, and was the first automobile ever to win the Tiffany Award for Excellence in American Design.
Lamy's Diner, opened in 1946 in Marlboro, Massachusetts, was a localized, family-owned business which specialized in feeding hungry travelers.
|Old 16 |
In 1908, Old 16, the Locomobile race car, won the prestigious Vanderbilt Cup. Its victory marked the first time an American car won an international auto race and served notice to the rest of the world that America was poised to change the auto industry forever.
Photo ID: G981
|McDonald's Sign |
Standing 26 feet high, this neon-illuminated sign was installed in August of 1960 at the second McDonald's franchise in the state of Michigan. It reads, "Licensee of the MCDONALD'S Speedee Service System -- HAMBURGERS Over Million Sold."