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HVA Attends the Hilton Head Concours!

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Every year off the coast of South Carolina is a wonderful show to bring a close to Concours season: The Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance. Honoring over 200 cars and motorcycles, this South Carolina event plays hosts to track days,…

Our Top 5 Vintage GM Concept Cars

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When it comes to concept cars, General Motors has always been a brand willing to experiment and create some of the most unique, interesting, and truly “out there” cars to ever be built. Whether they experimented with new powertrains, distinct…

Cars at the Capital 2019 Gallery

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Each year the HVA teams hosts an exhibition on the National Mall in Washington D.C. between the Capitol Building and the Washington Monument to showcase the cars that we have added to the National Historic Vehicle Register for the year.…

HVA Class Coming to Hilton Head Concours!

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Entering its 18th year, the Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance & Motoring Festival is a motoring extravaganza held each year off the coast of South Carolina. Featuring a motoring exhibition at the Grand Prize of America Circuit and a fabulous Concours…

Rest in Peace: Jesse Valadez II

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It is with very heavy hearts that we report Jesse Valadez II passed away last evening. Jesse became a dear friend of the HVA during our documentation of the “Gypsy Rose”, Valadez’s father’s custom 1964 Chevrolet Impala low-rider, of which…

Pebble Beach Award Winners 2019

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The week leading up to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is automotive enthusiasts heaven on the Monterey Peninsula. The world’s finest cars come out to play at different events to be raced, displayed at shows, or enjoyed along the streets…

The Bullitt Mustang is Going to Auction!

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It has just been announced the 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback driven by Steve McQueen in the movie “Bullitt” is going up for sale this upcoming January at Mecum’s Kissimmee auction. The “Bullitt Mustang” famously came out of hiding in January…

2019 Carlisle Ford Nationals Recap

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It was a big year for the Carlisle Ford Nationals with many cars celebrating historic anniversaries, resulting in a wonderful turnout for the event. The featured cars for this years meet were the Boss and Mach 1 Mustangs celebrating their…

Photo Gallery: The Elegance at Hershey 2019

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The Elegance at Hershey is a unique event that showcases world-class cars in a beautiful location without the pressure of large crowds that come with similar caliber shows. From one-off experimental concepts to the finest elegance of a Packard Twelve…

DriveHistory Profiles: 1951 GM Le Sabre

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In 1950s, post-war America there was an ever growing optimism for the future and a large influx of technology influencing new forms of engineering and design. As the populace made the transition from war time to peace and prosperity, there…

The Roundup: April 2019

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Every month we spend time scouring the web for some of the best classic car stories so you don’t have to. In this month’s installment of The Roundup, we link you to articles about bringing life back into a father’s…

Events Recap

Summer is officially here and in full swing and, with it, the usual spate of car shows, cruise ins and miles and miles of open road. A lot has happened in the last couple month, so let’s take a look at some of the most recent HVA award winners.

Movie Night with a Star Car

This August, the HVA is partnering with the Antique Automobile Club of America Museum in Hershey, PA, to offer a once-in-a-lifetime chance to not only check out the 1986 comedy classic, but also spend a little time with one of the film’s stars. No, it’s not Ferris Bueller himself Matthew Broderick, but it is the car he drove around Chicago with his best friend Cameron Frye (Alan Ruck) and girlfriend Sloane Peterson (Mia Sara) in the iconic film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

Canadian Car Museums

We spend a lot time focusing on people and places in the U.S., but as we all know, there exists a thriving car culture in Canada as well. In keeping with our museum-centric theme this month, we put together a list of just a few of the must-see car museums that can be found north of the border. If you’re headed that way this summer, be sure to check these great museums out!

Museum Corner: Straight from the Source to You

Summertime is a great time to get out on the open road and check out the many wonderful car museums dotting the country. We’ve touched base with a few to find out what they have planned for this summer and will continue to do so with museums across the country throughout the year. Check ‘em out and then get out there and enjoy!

National honors for this movie star car

Ford shocked the collector-car world at the 2018 North American International Auto Show, unveiling the 1968 Ford Mustang GT featured in film “Bullitt.” In case you weren’t in Detroit to see the ultracool classic in person, the car is now on display on an even more prominent platform, our nation’s National Mall in Washington, D.C.

The world’s most iconic cars are on display on the National Mall right now and we are in love

Do you have a heart? Does it pump blood through your veins and, eventually, to your right foot? Then this story is for you. The Historic Vehicle Association—a national organization dedicated to the preservation of the most important, unforgettable automobiles in human history—has returned to Washington D.C. for their fourth annual Cars at the Capital event.

Ford ‘Bullitt’ Mustang displayed in a box on the National Mall

The 1968 Mustang that Steve McQueen drove in the movie “Bullitt” is on display on the National Mall, on April 18, 2018 in Washington until April 23rd. The Bullitt Mustang is one of only a handful of vehicles to be placed on the National Historic Vehicle Register and is recognized as historically significant in the Library of Congress. The car is part of a month-long Cars at the Capital event put on by the Historic Vehicle Association.  

Lost for 40 years, the 1968 Mustang from ‘Bullitt’ resurfaces, and Jay Leno gets in the driver’s seat

Whether it’s the original or the remake, there’s no mistaking the signature roar of Ford’s “Bullitt” Mustang. According to Road and Track, the Mustang GT helped invent the modern cinema car chase with its appearance in the 1968 Steve McQueen film “Bullitt,” and to commemorate the film’s 50th anniversary, Ford recently revealed a souped-up 2019 special edition called the Mustang Bullitt.

Events Recap: Award Winners

The 2018 car show season is officially underway. Check out the winners from last month’s Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance and Boca Raton Concours, as well as a better-late-than-never look at an award winner from last summer’s jam-packed season.

Minivans Before Minivans

At the time of its release in November 1983, much was made of the Plymouth Voyager. It was seen as a revolutionary new vehicle that would change the American consumer market and help save a flagging corporation. And while much of this was true, it was not the first “mini” van. It was, however, the first most commercially successful, arriving in the right place at the right time to truly take off. In honor of those that came before it, we take a look back at some of the precursors to the latest addition to the National Historic Vehicle Register.

Spot the Difference: Ferris v. Ferrari

Created for the iconic 1986 film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, in which the titular character skips school, kidnaps his best friends Cameron Frye and Sloane Peterson, borrows Cameron’s dad’s beloved “Ferrari” and makes a day of it in the city of Chicago, the 1985 Modena Spyder California is not what it was made to appear.

Proving the Bullitt Mustang’s authenticity

By late October in 1966 Steve McQueen had Hollywood on a string. His company, Solar Productions, inked a six-film deal with Warner Bros., and McQueen was now in the driver’s seat, hired to produce and star in his own films. He and director Peter Yates were intent on bringing real, almost documentary-like action to the screen, and they succeeded with Solar’s first film, Bullitt.

The One That Got Away — The Bullitt ’68 Mustang GT Steve McQueen Hunted Has Been Unearthed!

It doesn’t matter how hard we try, pop-culture will always steer our automotive culture into tangents we could’ve never expected — and for Ford, who knew that a simple Highland Green ’68 Mustang GT would be enough to propel the pony car into the highest reaches of hollywood fame and car culture lore? 50 years later, Ford is revealing the 2018 Mustang GT 50th Anniversery Bullitt Edition with a splash: by bringing out the long-forgotten “Bowling Green” Bullitt!

Screen shot: Gessler’s group bridging the gap between our automotive history and its future

Seven years ago, the collector car community was staging its annual automotive love-in at Pebble Beach. Among all the other activities — cars shows, auctions, vintage races, a concours, etc. — a meeting was held with representatives of something call FIVA, which is shorthand for the Federation Internationale Vehicles Anciens, which was founded in 1966 with a mission of protecting, preserving and promoting the world’s motoring heritage.

Walberg, Lowenthal Introduce National Historic Vehicle Register Act

U.S. Representatives Tim Walberg (R-MI) and Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) introduced bipartisan legislation to commemorate the legacy of American automobiles and highlight their role in our nation’s history. H.R. 4066, the National Historic Vehicle Register Act, will establish a standalone register at the Department of Interior that documents historically significant automobiles, trucks, and motorcycles. U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Rob Portman (R-OH) introduced companion legislation in the Senate.

Five Classic Clown Cars

Put down that rubber chicken and pay attention! National Clown Week—yes, it’s a real thing—has been observed the first week of every August since President Richard Nixon signed a joint resolution into law back in 1971. To mark the occasion, we took a look back at some classic examples of one of clowning’s most iconic props.

Grahamtastic Timing

Everybody knows that success is often the result of being in the right place at the right time with the right idea. The Graham brothers of Evansville, Indiana, are a perfect example. Read on to learn more about how their ingenuity at the dawn of the automotive revolution led to the creation of icon and the latest vehicle to be documented and added to the National Historic Vehicle Register.

Monterey Auto Week in Photos

Exciting events, auto shows, rallies, concours and car auctions—Monterey Auto Week is truly a magical way to end the summer car-show season. Take a moment to relive some of the memories with this special photo collection taken by the Historic Vehicle Association’s Casey Maxon. Make sure to follow along on Instagram and Facebook as we post a continuing selection of the thousands of images captured!

Monterey Auto Week Award Winners and Notable Vehicles

This year Historic Vehicle Association awards were a feature at four events during Monterey week. Three car received the coveted HVA National Automotive Heritage Award for a vehicle eligible for the National Historic Vehicle Register. At the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance the FIVA/HVA Awards were presented for the most well preserved pre-war and post-war cars on the field.

Classic Spotlight: 1969 Chevrolet Camaro “Blue Maxi”

What’s your idea of the ultimate muscle car? If you had free access to any high performance, emotion inducing car part or platform, what would you assemble? That was the opportunity given the guys at Car and Driver in the late 1960s, and what they put together might be considered the ultimate Camaro. Read on to learn more about this one-of-a-kind creation dubbed “Blue Maxi” – Car and Driver’s once abused, “Company Car.”

This Month in Auto History: 1957 Mercury Mermaid

Sixty years ago this month, one of automotive history’s most radical looking factory experimental vehicles appeared on the cover of Hot Rod magazine. Looking as though the entire top had been shorn off save a single, shark-like fin directly behind the driver, the “Mermaid Merc” was unlike anything else ever conceived or designed up to that point. Built specifically for the 1957 Daytona Speed Trials by Bill Stroppe and other Mercury crew/team members, the Mermaid was created for one reason—speed.

History in Motion

While old car photos hold a certain level of fascination, there’s nothing like some old film footage to really make automotive history come alive. Check out this short film edited by Joe Santacroce showing a shipment of Buicks being unloaded on August 1, 1928 at the New York Central Rail Road Freight yard on their way to New York’s Broadway Garage.

The Roundup: June 2017

Every month we spend some time scouring the web for some of the best classic car stories so you don’t have to. In this month’s installment of The Roundup, we link you to articles about the Mona Lisa of lowriders, the passing of Vic Edelbrock, Harley-Davidson racing bikes and more.

The Roundup: May 2017

Every month we spend some time scouring the web for some of the best classic car stories so you don’t have to. In this month’s installment of The Roundup, we link you to articles about Preston Tucker’s “other” car, a visit to Jay Leno’s garage, a trip to the property of an obscure micro-car hoarder, and more.

Beyond Hirohata – Five More Customs to Consider

Beauty, it’s been said, is in the eye of the beholder. In the world of custom vehicles, aesthetic beauty is admittedly subjective, but one thing that can’t be disputed is a vehicle’s historical significance. To follow-up the center-stage appearance of the Hirohata Merc at this year’s Cars at the Capital in Washington, D.C., this month we decided to take a look at five more of the interesting customs from the heyday of the trend.

May Events Recap

Can you feel it? Summer is finally in the air and, with it…wait for it…the summer car show season! This month, the Historic Vehicle Association presented awards at four prestigious events across the country. Read on to learn more and share your events in the comments section below or over on our Facebook page.

Classic Fiction, Classic Cars

Robert Pirsig, author of counter-culture classic Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, died last month at the age of 88. Though he never mentioned the make/model of motorcycle he rode in the book, it’s well documented that Pirsig loved touring on his Honda CB77 Super Hawk. This little bit of trivia got us to thinking: With the summer reading season almost here, what are some other great old books that use classic vehicles to help drive the plot? Read on.

The Roundup: April 2017

Every month we spend some time scouring the web for some of the best classic car stories so you don’t have to. In this month’s installment of The Roundup, we link you to articles about the mythic, multi-fuel Model T, “Smiling” Ralph Mulford’s record-breaking 1916 Hudson Super-Six, the story behind the man who created the electric vehicle starter and more.

The Renault That No One Knew

Automotive history is full of lost treasures. From the rediscovery of CSX2287’s strange legacy to the seemingly endless number of barn finds that have cropped up in recent years, there is no shortage of great stories to be told. With that, this month we take a look at one of the earliest instances of a lost automotive treasure.

Five Favorite “Twilight Zone” Cars

National Twilight Zone Day—yes, it’s a real thing—is coming up on May 11th. Rod Serling’s sometimes creepy and always mind-bending series aired from 1959 until 1964. Still a favorite in syndication, The Twilight Zone is also a window that looks back into a great time for the automobile. Here’s a look at some of our favorite “Zone cars.”

Cultural Icon: Gypsy Rose

A car with a fascinating backstory and massive cultural impact, the 1964 Chevrolet Impala lowrider known as “Gypsy Rose” is an important new addition to the National Historic Vehicle Register that was chosen to kick off the third annual Cars at the Capital exhibition on the National Mall in Washington, DC.

Low and Slow: Gypsy Rose

Not many individual cars can claim credit for giving rise to an entire automotive subculture. And yet Gypsy Rose, rolling out of the barrios of East L.A., down Whittier Boulevard and into world-wide recognition, has managed to do just that. Read on to learn more about the car that helped shape modern lowrider culture.

Events Recap

While the big focus for us here at the Historic Vehicle Association is next month’s Third Annual Cars at the Capital in Washington, D.C, we still managed to take in some of the exceptional cars on display at this year’s Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in Florida. Check out our report as well as a recap of last year’s Cars at the Capital if, for some reason, you’re questioning whether or not you should attend.

The Roundup: March 2017

Every month we spend some time scouring the web for some of the best classic car stories so you don’t have to. In this month’s installment of The Roundup we link you to articles about the U.S. Army’s World War II testing of the iconic jeep, the life and fast times of fuel-altered pioneer Leon Fitzgerald, a rare 1948 “Air Force” Chevy Suburban barn find, and more.

Top Three Reasons The “Good Old Days” Weren’t Necessarily Always So Good For Car Owners

Remember when you had to pay extra to have seat belts installed in a new car? How about 90-days warranties, new car “break-in” periods and 30,000-mile tires? It wasn’t so long ago that buying and maintaining a daily driver was really a chore. Here’s a few, fun little reminders of what went into buying and maintaining a new car 50-odd years ago when times were slower and our attention spans longer.

Racing Past Color Lines

From 1924 to 1936, the Midwest’s best and brightest black drivers and mechanics competed in what became known as the Gold and Glory Sweepstakes. Here, we take a look at this important yet nearly forgotten auto-race that altered the course of history for America’s black mechanics and drivers.

The Roundup: January 2017

Every month we spend some time scouring the web for some of the best classic car stories so you don’t have to. In this month’s installment of The Roundup, we link you to articles about Checker’s foray into making kitchen sinks, the unlikely discovery of a rare, 1967 Shelby G.T. 350, a new bill to protect and preserve Route 66 and more.

Lost to Time: The Missing Motorama Dream Cars

Each year, the month of January kicks off the official auto show season with some of the most innovative new car designs being showcased in cities around the globe. While these events remain a fascinating spectacle, they pale in comparison to the hyper-stylized “dream cars” showcased from 1949 until 1961 during General Motors “Motorama.” Some of these cars were preserved, some were destroyed and others simply disappeared under strange circumstances that today tantalize collectors in search of long-lost automotive treasure.

Comeback Classics

Bronco, Wagoneer, Scrambler and Ranger. When news from this month’s North American International Auto Show announced that these once hugely popular brands would be returning to automotive showrooms soon, longtime fans were all a twitter. Here, Hagerty’s Glenn Arlt takes a look back at some of what made these models so great.

Inside Shell Futures Forum NAIAS 2017

At this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the Historic Vehicle Association, along with representatives from the Center for Design Research at Stanford University, Shell Oil Company, Hagerty Insurance, the Welburn Group and Michigan Senator Gary Peters delivered presentations on the future of automobility in the face of changing tides. Each presentation was filmed and is available for viewing below.

To Restore or Not to Restore?

To restore or not to restore? If unrestored, what is responsible use? Should unrestored vehicles be made to run and drive? This was the hotly debated topic at this past fall’s Driving History conference held at the Historic Vehicle Association’s Laboratory in Allentown, PA. In conjunction with the College of Charleston, presenters, students and enthusiasts alike came together to discuss the future of automobility and the merits of preservation.

The Year in Photos

Driving a Model T across the country for last year’s Road Trip Century Celebration made 2015 tough to beat in terms of photographic opportunities. But then along came 2016, a year that offered just as many, if not more, unique shots. Take a look back at some of our favorite photos,captured by Historic Vehicle Association staff photographers Casey Maxon and John Paul.

The Year in Review

The past year proved to be a memorable one in more ways than one. Take a look back at what the Historic Vehicle Association was up to over the last 12 months, and catch up on any news you may have missed along the way.

The Roundup: December 2016

In this month’s installment of The Roundup, we link you to articles about the fastest motorcycle on the planet in 1907, Chrysler’s first Ghia, a coast-to-coast journey of an 80-year-old Packard, an old car graveyard in the California redwoods and more.

The Roundup: November 2016

Every month we spend some time scouring the web for some of the best classic car stories so you don’t have to. In this month’s edition of “The Roundup,” we link you to articles spotlighting ‘60s dragster legend Mickey Thompson, the 70th anniversary of Unimog, Checker Cab’s foray into transit buses and more.

Automotive Navigation Systems

How far we’ve come with automotive navigation in a mere 35 years. With GPS navigation systems built into every mobile phone and standard equipment on many cars, now we can easily answer that timeless holiday travel season question—Are we there yet?—with accuracy down to the mile and minute.

SEMA Seen: 1911 Indy-winning Marmon Wasp

‘Pioneering Performance” is the theme for the Shell Oil Products US display at the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Among the 25 vehicles in the display are a couple of customized Chevys — a 1960 Impala convertible and 2017 Camaro SS — the 1972 Ford Maverick “Project Underdog,” and one of the earliest and best-known of all customized rides, the 1911 Marmon Wasp that won the inaugural Indianapolis 500-mile race.

Studebaker: First In Muscle Cars?

A conventional view of automotive history remembers that the muscle/pony car era pretty much began with the debut of GTO and Mustang, respectively, in 1964½. Not according to Hagerty Historian, Glenn Arlt, who looks back a decade prior to the evolution of Studebaker’s line screaming “family sports cars.”

Events Recap

September marks the end of summer and the unofficial end outdoor car show season. But, thankfully, not everywhere. Some great events were held last month in the U.S. and Canada, and the Historic Vehicle Association was there to hand out awards to some amazing automobiles.

Partnering For Preservation: The HVA Teams Up With College of Charleston

This month, in partnership with the College of Charleston, the Historic Vehicle Association will be holding an academic conference in Allentown, PA, entitled “Driving History: Putting Preservation on the Road.” In advance of the event, students in the college’s historic preservation program have begun work on the necessary documentation for the next vehicle to be added to the National Historic Vehicle Register.

The Roundup: September 2016

Every month we spend some time scouring the web for some of the best classic car stories so you don’t have to. In this month’s edition of “The Roundup,” we link you to articles spotlighting the evolution of Camaro, an Oakland 50 that’s been driven by the same family for 100 years, the real man behind Studebaker’s Starlight coupe and more.

Recycled/Reused Car Names, Part Two

From Plymouth’s not-so-legendary version of the Suburban to a look at the “original” Mustang (not by Ford)…Readers so much enjoyed Glenn Arlt’s look back at his favorite “reused” old model car names that we decided to ask Hagerty’s favorite historian to give us a few more. Read on.

The Roundup: August 2016

Every month we spend some time scouring the web for some of the best classic car stories so you don’t have to. In this month’s edition of “The Roundup,” we link you to some of the great coverage granted the first Camaro, a rare 1966 Dodge Charger Hemi and more.

Events Recap

Falling in the middle of summer, July often feels like the calm before the storm. There are, of course, a number of events still taking place—and very good ones, we might add—but the primary focus is generally ahead to August and the promise of mile after mile of cars streaming down Woodward Avenue in the Midwest and an entire green of glitz and glamour on the West Coast.

Build It and The Camaro Will Come – Autoline Feature

With apologies to “Field of Dreams,” that’s what happened last week as Detroit’s famous Woodward Ave., prepared for its annual Dream Cruise; That’s where a million people worship thousands of vintage cars as they drive up and down the road for the day. And reviewing the proceedings from a special position was this unique car owned by Logan Lawson, an 18-year old gearhead from Oklahoma who found what even GM didn’t know existed: the very first 1967 Chevrolet Camaro. Watch its Woodward throne being built here!

HVA unveils National Automotive Heritage Laboratory

At a reception last week, the Historic Vehicle Association staged the formal opening of its National Automotive Heritage Laboratory, a facility designed for doing laser scanning and measurement and archival photography of entire automobiles, as well as providing library research space, all in support of documenting the most significant automobiles in American history for future generations.

100 Years of Federally Regulated Roads

This month marks the 100th anniversary of the Federal Aid Road Act. Signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson, the Federal Aid Road Act established a national policy of providing federal aid for highway construction and maintenance. In so doing, a uniform system of roads was established and helped to further usher in the golden age of American motoring.

The Roundup: July 2016

In this month’s web roundup, we link you to articles spotlighting some rare old video of Boston Fire Trucks in action, the upcoming auction of CSX2000 (the very first Shelby Cobra ever produced), a 1950s era European rocket car that never made it into production and more.

June Events Recap

June marks the official start of summer, so it’s no surprise the month is also one of the busiest in terms of the sheer number of car shows. From local cruise-ins to national meets, June always has more than enough to keep even the most finicky auto enthusiast entertained. Check out just a few of the events from this past month, each of which found the Historic Vehicle Association in attendance and handing out awards.

Top Ten Recycled/Reused Car Names   

Reusing old model names is something pretty common in the auto industry. And it’s definitely nothing new. But here’s an interesting wrinkle: Have you ever seen a Studebaker Daytona? How about a Plymouth Concord? Some well-known car names actually owe their origins to entirely different makers than we associate them with today. We asked Hagerty Historian Glenn Arlt to give us a list of his all-time favorites.

Events Recap: May

With the weather hinting at summer and roads once again beckoning motorists, May often serves as the official start of the summer car show season. Take a look at some of last month’s highlights from events attended by the Historic Vehicle Association.

Top Five Driver’s Ed “Scare” Films

For over 40 years, driver safety classes across America included the now bizarre practice of screening graphic educational films designed to scare the bejesus out of young drivers. Melodramatic narration and grisly images of bloody, broken bodies being pulled from twisted wrecks were shocking staples of this strange film genre. Here, we highlight some of the more notorious classics millions of Baby Boomers would probably like to forget.

New York-to-Paris-winning Thomas Flyer to be added to National Historic Vehicle Register

Until he saw it stripped to the chassis with his own eyes, George Schuster simply wouldn’t take anybody’s word that this old touring car was the one and the same that ferried him and a few other fellow travelers almost around the world in 1908 to win the legendary New York-to-Paris race. But confirm its identity he (eventually) did, and more than 50 years later, his authentication remains key in documenting the 1907 Thomas Flyer for the National Historic Vehicle Register.

Making the Register: The Marmon Wasp

The long and storied history of the Indianapolis 500 is positively brimming with iconic cars and drivers. Of these, none hold the distinction of the latest addition to the National Historic Vehicle Register—the Marmon Wasp. Check out this breakdown on why this legendary Indy racecar qualifies as being one of the nation’s most historically significant cars.

First Camaro given a spot on the National Historic Vehicle Register, headed for Woodward

Though it rolled down the assembly line at Norwood, Ohio without a name or nameplate and with a simple six-cylinder engine, the car then known only as N100001 was destined to play an outsized role in the rise of Chevrolet’s Camaro and the late Sixties pony car wars, and it’s that outsized role that led the Historic Vehicle Association to add N100001 to the National Historic Vehicle Register.

THIS CAR MATTERS: 1909 White Model M Steam Car

When you first encounter the massive White Model M Steam Car, you’re immediately struck by its size. As you begin to acclimate to its outsized proportions, you begin taking in the random details: the golden presidential seal; the steering wheel within a steering wheel; and the wild assortment of levers. But all of this pales in comparison to the historic significance of the car itself, one which arguably set the stage for much of what was to come with the dawn of the automotive age. Watch the film to learn more about President William Howard Taft’s 1909 White Model M Steam Car, the first presidential limousine.

THIS CAR MATTERS: 1962 Willys ‘Jeep’ CJ-6

At first glance, this battered red jeep appears to be little more than an old vehicle showing its age and long since having served its primary function. But once you start to learn the details behind the jeep—its significance, its owner and the special place it held in his life—you begin to gain a far greater appreciation for what you are seeing.

Cars at the Capital in Photos

For all you old car aficionados who weren’t able to attend last week’s special event, you’re in luck. Staffers from the Historic Vehicle Association were scouring the National Mall, with cameras in hand, to bring you this special photomontage from the event.

The Roundup: Cars at the Capital Edition

Washington sightseers and old car lovers weren’t the only folks who turned out at the National Mall last week to get a unique automotive spin on U.S. presidential history. Reporters from some of the most recognized names in news were also there to cover this annual Historic Vehicle Association event. Check out what they had to say.

Fun Five: Mini-Cars

Looking back on all the strange trends in the history of the automobile, the popularity of “mini-cars” (what we now call micro-cars) in Europe after WWII has to rank up there as one of the most capricious and fun. Now that spring has finally come and another fun, summer season of driving is well on its way, now seems the perfect time to bring you our picks for five of these tiny classics that always bring a smile to our faces.

Reagan’s CJ-6 One of Two Presidential Vehicles Going on the National Register of Historic Vehicles

It’s got dings and dents. It’s been rolled. It’s neither the first nor the last of its breed, has no particularly special equipment, and is one of thousands like it to roll off an assembly line. But the Historic Vehicle Association saw fit to choose President Ronald Reagan’s 1962 Jeep CJ-6 – even over the pristine CJ-8 that the president also owned – as one of a pair of presidential vehicles to go on the National Register of Historic Vehicles.

Pair of Presidential Cars Joins National Register, Will Be Featured as Cars at the Capital Returns to National Mall

Two more cars are being added to the National Historic Vehicle Register, and they will be on display next month in Washington, D.C., when the Historic Vehicle Association stages its second Cars at the Capital celebration. Both cars selected for registry honors have presidential ties. They are the 1909 White steam car owned by President William Howard Taft and the 1962 Willys Jeep CJ-6 owned by President Ronald Reagan.

Cars at the Capital

For only the second time in history, cars will be displayed this coming April on the National Mall In Washington D.C. With this year being an election year, what better way to celebrate our country’s rich automotive heritage than with…

The Roundup: March 2016

Care to see what a deer blind turned dragster looks like? In this month’s web roundup where, we link you to articles profiling a very special 1937 Ford—the epitome of preservation-oriented restoration—the Case Jay-Eye-See, Studebaker’s final days, and more. Deer…

January Events Recap

So far the New Year has wasted little time in getting the automotive season underway. From the big kick-off in Arizona to the myriad car shows back East, January had plenty to offer those suffering through the mid-winter blues. Arizona…

The Roundup: January 2016

In this month’s web roundup, we take a look at articles spotlighting “the most beautiful car ever made,” a fiberglass classic from Studebaker, Chrysler’s dominating Darts and Barracuda’s, and more. The Most Beautiful Car Ever Made [source:sportscardigest.com] In 1961, after…

Uncovering the history of Army Jeep #1

Seventy-five years after it wowed the U.S. Army, the oldest known Jeep is getting its due as a symbol of the Greatest Generation’s fight and Detroit’s role in what Franklin D. Roosevelt called “the Arsenal of Democracy” — the manufacturing might that helped the Allies win World War II.

This Jeep Matters

One of three pilot vehicles submitted and the only vehicle still known to exist, the Pygmy has the distinction of being the oldest surviving jeep. Prior to its addition to the National Historic Vehicle Register, we spoke with Ed Welburn…

The Year In Review

This year proved to be one of the busiest years the Historic Vehicle Association has seen yet. With 2016 promising to be even bigger, we thought we’d take a look at the last 12 months and provide this brief recap…

The Year In Photos

Perhaps more so than any other year, 2015 afforded our staff photographers countless opportunities to capture some stunning images. We’ve asked the Historic Vehicle Association’s Casey Maxon and John Paul to put together a handful of their favorites to share.…

The Roundup: December 2015

In this month’s web roundup, we take a look at articles spotlighting history’s “most significant” automobile, the super rare 1936 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead, the story behind three Corvette classics discovered in a Milwaukee garage and more. A Look At History’s “Most…

In Memoriam

The classic car world lost a number of renowned figures this year. Here, we take a moment to recognize some of the great personalities and pioneers who left an indelible mark on the industry, hobby and old car lifestyle before…

Proto-Jeep: 1940 Ford GP-No. 1 Pygmy added to National Historic Vehicle Register

In 1940, well before Pearl Harbor, the United States Army was on the hunt for a versatile multipurpose light vehicle. A number of automakers built prototypes in an effort to win a sweet production contract, and this proto-Jeep — Ford GP-No. 1 Pygmy, aka Numero Uno (OK, we just made that up) — was one of them. It has just been added to the National Historic Vehicle Register in recognition of its significant contributions to automotive history, to say nothing of its role in the Allied war effort.

Ford’s Pygmy, The World’s Oldest Jeep, Goes On National Register

Of the three prototypes that automakers submitted for the U.S. Army’s new lightweight scout car in the early days of World War II, Ford’s Pygmy probably shouldn’t have stood a chance. It wasn’t the lightest, it wasn’t the fastest, and it wasn’t the first submitted. But it’s still around today, making it the oldest jeep prototype tested by the Army as well as an excellent candidate for inclusion on the National Historic Vehicle Register.

America’s Oldest Known Jeep Celebrates Its 75th Birthday – And It’s Actually A Ford

The Historic Vehicle Association (HVA) announced today the 1940 Ford Pilot Model GP-No. 1 Pygmy as the eighth vehicle to be recorded under the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Heritage Documentation. The documentation will be part of the HVA’s National Historic Vehicle Register and the Historic American Engineering Record that is permanently archived in the Library of Congress. The documentation is part of an ongoing collaboration between the Historic Vehicle Association and the U.S. Department of the Interior, Heritage Documentation Programs to document historically significant automobiles, trucks and motorcycles. Principle funding for the documentation of the 1940 Ford Pilot Model GP-No. 1 Pygmy has been provided by Shell Lubricants and Hagerty.

What’s In A Name?

November is the month of Thanksgiving. But it’s also Native American Heritage Month—a perfect time to remember some popular old classics with names paid tribute to the people who settled America first. Pontiac Chieftain [source: wikipedia.com] Pontiac, the man, was…

Events Recap

With the weather finally beginning to take a turn for the worse and the last vestiges of summer gone for yet another year, fall firmly made its presence known across much of the country. Because of this, October is generally…

The Roundup: November 2015

In this month’s web roundup, we take a look at articles spotlighting a new classic microcar exhibit at the AACA, a futuristic Nash car display, the tragic story behind Ferrari’s Dino 246 and more. AACA’s Classic Microcar Exhibit [source: hemmings.com]…

Historic Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe Kicks Off 2015 SEMA Show

Washington, D.C. (November 4, 2015) – The Historic Vehicle Association (HVA) announced today that the 1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe (serial number CSX2287) was the featured car at the Shell exhibit at the 2015 SEMA show. Shell presented a selection of vehicles that represent a broad scope of automotive innovation spanning the last 100years and the role Shell played in this development.

World’s oldest military jeep in Huntsville’s Veterans Memorial Museum

A documentary is in the works for a piece of military history on display in Huntsville. A rare, unrestored Ford Pygmy is inside the U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum on Airport Road. It’s believed to be the world’s oldest remaining military jeep. Ford began producing the Pygmy prototype in 1940. They were shipped to Europe and Japan during World War II. On Wednesday, staff of the Historic Vehicle Association from Washington, D.C., was at the museum to gather data and video on the vehicle.

The Roundup: October 2015

Think modern cars have a lot of accessories? You ain’t seen nothing yet. In this month’s web roundup, we take a look at articles spotlighting the hyper-accessorizing of Lawrence Grayson, a super rare motorcycle “barn find,” the 60th anniversary of…

Rolling History: Some Of The World’s Oldest Cars Take To The Roads Of England

Each year, hundreds of cars from the dawn of the automotive era gather for the running of one of the world’s oldest car-centric events, the London to Brighton Car Run. With the event’s 119th anniversary on the horizon, Bonhams London to Brighton Car Run’s sponsorship and marketing manager Michelle Warner offers a bit of what participants and attendees alike can expect from this year’s event.

Five Famous Road Trips

If coverage of the Historic Vehicle Association’s “Road Trip Century Celebration Tour” isn’t enough to get you excited about hitting the open road with friends, history offers plenty more inspiration. Imagine tagging along on one of these “epic” road adventures.

The Roundup: July 2015

In this month’s web roundup, we link you to articles spotlighting a secret stash of 1960s superspeedway winged-cars, the time legendary drag racer Don Prudhomme filled in for Steve McQueen, the incredible advertising creations of Jordan Automotive Design and more.

June 2015 Events Recap

June is always a busy month in the world of classic cars, and the Historic Vehicle Association has been making the rounds handing out awards at the nation’s top events. The HVA was on hand at five separate events last month. Read on for our monthly recap of HVA award winners at shows across the country.

THIS CAR MATTERS: 1915 Model T

Out of the nearly 15 million Model Ts manufactured, this one in particular holds special significance for being a 100-year-old homebody. After leaving the factory in Dearborn, this special car arrived in the small, Northern Michigan town of Traverse City and never left. Check out Hagerty CEO McKeel Hagerty as he shares the story of this special Model T.

Detroit To San Francisco In A “T”

Next month, to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition, a team of Historic Vehicle Association staffers will be driving a 1915 Model T across the country. Read on to learn more about why the Exhibition is significant in the history of modern American car culture, how Edsel Ford plays into the equation and how you can follow along on the HVA’s trek.

May 2015 Events Recap

With the arrival of warm summer weather, more and more classic cars have begun making their way out of winter hibernation to again enjoy the sun and the feel of pavement under their tires. Here’s a brief rundown of several notable shows at which the Historic Vehicle Association was in attendance.

The Roundup: May 2015

Ever wonder what a $20,000 British dirt bike looks like? In this month’s web roundup, we take a look at articles profiling British motorcycle maker BSA, a 1973 Corvette versus Pantera speed test, where GM’s design legend Harley Earl got his start and more.

Just Great Roads

A great summertime drive starts with a route that blends long, unbroken miles of countryside with a little history and a lot of spectacular natural scenery. Add a few uniquely American towns and some cool roadside attractions to the mix and you have the makings of some wonderful driving memories. Every car enthusiast has a favorite. Here are a couple of ours.

April 2015 Events Recap

Despite lingering cold and snow, spring somewhat begrudgingly began to make an appearance as March gave way to April. While not quite as hectic as the summer months, springtime can often prove just as rewarding when it comes to the great automobiles that make their way out of winter hibernation and back on the road for a handful of car shows across the country.

March 2015 Events Recap

With spring playing a stubborn game of hide-and-seek throughout much of the country, the idea of a car show in March might seem the product of an overactive imagination longing for the warm, sunny days of summer. But in the Sunshine State they’re very much a reality and, with the amazing cars on display, a dream come true for car guys and gals everywhere.

Amelia Island: The National Historic Vehicle Register

The 2015 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance will be the stage for the announcement of the next vehicle added to the National Historic Vehicle Register. Watch for details in the coming weeks and, in the meantime, check out this video featuring the six vehicles currently on the NHVR, as well as further information on the Register itself. History buffs and car guys and gals alike, take note!

Four Hit Music Car Commercials From An Age When Selling Out Wasn’t Cool

Today, car companies routinely use popular music to connect with a target demographic. Modern musicians eager for the exposure and licensing dollars are more than willing to help. But there used to be a time when licensing your image or a hit song for a car commercial was considered career suicide. Whether you consider them sellouts or music-marketing pioneers, here are four of the earliest examples of popular musicians pushing cars.

The Roundup: March 2015

While the Internet often seems to be little more than a breeding ground for assorted memes, mundane life moments and cat videos, it does offer a handful of genuinely worthwhile articles deserving of your attention. Here at the HVA we’ve taken it upon ourselves to sort through countless articles to find some of the best for your consumption.

THIS TRUCK MATTERS: GM Futurliner No. 10

If you judge the historic value of an automobile by the number of lives it touched, then this most usual looking truck just might be the most important vehicle General Motors ever produced. To go along with the recent announcement of the GM Futurliner No. 10’s place on the National Historic Vehicle Register, the HVA caught up with Don Mayton, head of the vehicle’s all-volunteer restoration team, to get the story behind this fascinating piece of history.

Dream Cars

With their futuristic styling offering a glimpse into the minds of some of the auto industry’s most forward-thinking designers, dream cars often proved truly awesome. Sadly they were often just that, dreams, and not intended to live much beyond their originally intended use. But fortunately, insiders who saw the benefit in preserving these sterling examples of design and innovation managed to squirrel a few away. Here we take a look at a few that still manage to draw crowds of awe-struck onlookers.

Five Of The Greatest Car Advertising Jingles Of All Time

Warning: History has shown that the songs on this list are memorable to the point of causing mild torment to some listeners. Listening may cause uncontrollable singing, obsessive humming, an insatiable urge to buy a new car and/or a general inability to concentrate on anything other than melodies, words and phrases contained in these selections. Proceed at your own risk.

The Roundup: January 2015

While the Internet often seems to be little more than a breeding ground for assorted memes, mundane life moments and cat videos, it does offer a handful of genuinely worthwhile articles deserving of your attention. Here at the HVA we’ve taken it upon ourselves to sort through countless articles to find some of the best for your consumption.

Events Recap: November 2014

With much of the country experiencing historic amounts of early snowfall, car shows are already little more than a fleeting memory of warm summer days, green grass and cool cars. For those lucky Americans living in parts of the country where summer-like weather extends into late fall, a handful of car shows help ease the seasonal transition. Get the rundown on a few of these events the HVA attended last month.

HVA’s 2014 Year In Review

From legislation that recognizes America’s automotive heritage to the first ever car show on the lawn of the National Mall, 2014 proved to be a very busy year for Historic Vehicle Association. Here’s a rundown of HVA highlights and headlines that had car enthusiasts talking this past year.

Stars & Their Cars: NFL Edition

November is always one of the most exciting in NFL football. A month where the two teams most likely headed to the Super Bowl really begin to separate themselves, November culminates with the games on Thanksgiving Day—an American television traditional as much a part of the holiday as turkey and pumpkin pie. In looking forward to the great holiday matchups ahead, we put together this shortlist of classics owned by some of the biggest past and present names in football.

September 2014 Events Recap

Despite summer having officially come and gone, the car show season saw no signs of stopping during the month of September. Throughout the month, classic car lovers across the country celebrated our automotive heritage with hundreds of great cars turning out for a number of events. As always, the Historic Vehicle Association was present at a handful of these to hand out its THIS CAR MATTERS Award, along with the HVA/FIVA Preservation Award. Read on to learn more, and find out about the events and great cars seen along the way.

Stars & Their Cars: John Carpenter Edition

When it comes to famous cars in film, director John Carpenter is probably best known for the film adaptation of a certain Stephen King novel about a demonically possessed Plymouth. Here’s a closer look at a few other Carpenter films and the now memorable classics this influential director of horror used to set the stage.