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In order to fulfill the Historic Vehicle Associations’s mission of sharing America’s automotive heritage, the HVA produces documentary films on cars that have shaped American history, life, culture and technology. These films primarily focus on cars added to the National Historic Vehicle Register but also include a series we began in 2012 called “This Car Matters.” This Car Matters was a documentary project designed to collect, preserve, and share stories that celebrate the automobile’s historic impact on modern culture and the lives of everyday people. The movement aimed to show the automobile’s significance to the American experience through member-submitted stories and photographs, as well as curated films and personal documentaries. View our This Car Matters short films here. Below, you can view our documentary films featuring the stories behind the vehicles of the National Historic Vehicle Register.

National Historic Vehicle Register Vehicles

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THIS CAR MATTERS: 1964 Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe
THIS CAR MATTERS: 1964 Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe - youtube Video

1964 Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe CSX2287

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THIS CAR MATTERS: 1964 Meyers Manx "Old Red"
THIS CAR MATTERS: 1964 Meyers Manx "Old Red" - youtube Video

1964 Meyers Manx “Old Red”

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THIS CAR MATTERS: 1918 Cadillac U.S. 1257X
THIS CAR MATTERS: 1918 Cadillac U.S. 1257X - youtube Video

1918 Cadillac U.S. 1257X

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THIS CAR MATTERS: 1947 Tucker 48 Prototype
THIS CAR MATTERS: 1947 Tucker 48 Prototype - youtube Video

1947 Tucker 48 Prototype

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THIS TRUCK MATTERS: GM Futurliner No. 10
THIS TRUCK MATTERS: GM Futurliner No. 10 - youtube Video

GM Futurliner No. 10

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THIS CAR MATTERS: 1954 Mercedes - Benz 300 SL (198 040 4500003)
THIS CAR MATTERS: 1954 Mercedes - Benz 300 SL (198 040 4500003) - youtube Video

1954 Mercedes – Benz 300 SL (198 040 4500003)

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THIS JEEP MATTERS: 1940 Ford Pilot Model GP-No. 1 Pygmy
THIS JEEP MATTERS: 1940 Ford Pilot Model GP-No. 1 Pygmy - youtube Video

1940 Ford Pilot Model GP-No. 1 Pygmy

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THIS CAR MATTERS: President Taft's 1909 White Steam Car
THIS CAR MATTERS: President Taft's 1909 White Steam Car - youtube Video

President Taft’s 1909 White Steam Car

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THIS JEEP MATTERS: President Reagan's 1962 Willys 'Jeep' CJ-6
THIS JEEP MATTERS: President Reagan's 1962 Willys 'Jeep' CJ-6 - youtube Video

President Reagan’s 1962 Willys ‘Jeep’ CJ-6

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This Car Matters: Marmon Wasp - First Indianapolis 500 Winner
This Car Matters: Marmon Wasp - First Indianapolis 500 Winner - youtube Video

Marmon Wasp – First Indianapolis 500 Winner

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This Car Matters: Thomas Flyer, winner of the New York to Paris Race
This Car Matters: Thomas Flyer, winner of the New York to Paris Race - youtube Video

Thomas Flyer, winner of the New York to Paris Race

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This Car Matters: First Chevrolet Camaro Built
This Car Matters: First Chevrolet Camaro Built - youtube Video

First Chevrolet Camaro Built

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Gypsy Rose: Lowrider Legend
Gypsy Rose: Lowrider Legend - youtube Video

Gypsy Rose: Lowrider Legend

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The McGee Roadster: Hot Rod Legend
The McGee Roadster: Hot Rod Legend - youtube Video

The McGee Roadster: Hot Rod Legend

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This Car Matters: 1969 Chevrolet Corvette (Apollo 12 Astronaut Alan Bean's)
This Car Matters: 1969 Chevrolet Corvette (Apollo 12 Astronaut Alan Bean's) - youtube Video

1969 Chevrolet Corvette (Apollo 12 Astronaut Alan Bean’s)

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The Castle Duesenberg: Luxury Legend - A History of the First Passenger Duesenberg | HVA
The Castle Duesenberg: Luxury Legend - A History of the First Passenger Duesenberg | HVA - youtube Video

The Castle Duesenberg: Luxury Legend

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