2018 Cars at the Capital Lineup
March 30 – April 2: 1985 Modena Spyder California (Ferris Bueller's Day Off "Ferrari")
One of the most memorable cars from the 1980s, the Ferris Bueller “Ferrari” has captivated Gen Xers and Millennials since it rolled out of Cameron’s dad’s midcentury modern garage in 1986. Neil Glassmoyer and Mark Goyette of Modena Design and Development modeled the car off of a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California and were called upon personally by director John Hughes to build this car and two others for the movie.
April 3 – 9: 1927 Ford Model T - Fifteen-Millionth Ford
The impact of the Ford Model T on American history is undisputed. This touring car, with hand stamped VIN 15000000, marked the end of “Tin Lizzy’s” almost 19-year production run that totaled over 15 million Fords. On May 26, 1927, Edsel and Henry Ford drove it out of the Highland Park Plant to commemorate the end of Model T production. It wasn’t until 1972 that the Model T’s production figure was bested by the Volkswagen Beetle.
April 10 – 16: 1984 Plymouth Voyager - The First Chrysler Minivan
Hailed as revolutionary by virtually every news outlet upon its introduction in late 1983, the Plymouth Voyager and Dodge Caravan disrupted the automotive industry in a huge way. Lee Iacocca, the mastermind of the minivan era, presented this 12,000-mile unrestored Voyager at the assembly line in Windsor, Canada on November 2, 1983.
April 17 – 23: 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback – Bullitt – '559
The “Highland Green” Mustang piloted by legendary car enthusiast and actor Steve McQueen through the streets of San Francisco in the visceral cops-and-mobsters flick Bullitt has become an indelible part of international car culture. By the 1980s though, the car was thought to have vanished. It wasn’t until 2018 that the car was finally shown to the world again by the Kiernan family, who have owned it since 1974. Featuring rich patina from a life well lived, the big block Mustang is unrestored and retains many of its modifications from filming for the movie.
April 24 – 30: 1918 Cadillac Type 57 - U.S. 1257X
Before the Jeep became the standardized and ubiquitous military vehicle, the United States military tried a little of everything. WWI saw an interesting mishmash of cars on the battlefield, but it was the Cadillac Type 57 that was predominantly favored by officers. This example, carrying the military designation U.S. 1257X, is the only known survivor and remains in remarkable unrestored condition. It was brought to France and placed in the service of the American Expeditionary Forces by a Y.M.C.A volunteer, Rev. Dr. J. H. Denison and was driven throughout France to set up leave areas. One of its many passengers was Eleanor Butler Alexander-Roosevelt, President Theodore Roosevelt’s daughter-in-law, who was charged with leading women serving the war effort with the Y.M.C.A.
Cars at the Capital
About the National Historic Vehicle Register
The Historic Vehicle Association has developed a National Historic Vehicle Register to carefully and accurately document America’s most historically significant automobiles, motorcycles, trucks and commercial vehicles.
In March 2013, the HVA entered into a collaboration with the U.S. Department of the Interior to explore how vehicles important in American and automotive history could be effectively documented and recognized. This project is the first of its type to create a permanent archive of significant historic automobiles within the Library of Congress.