You’ve heard about National Historic Vehicle Register, the stringent criteria for entry and the lengthy documentation process required. Now, you can see all this glorious research for yourself as the Library of Congress as added four of the now 19 vehicles on the Register to their website for your perusal. Read on to learn more.
In 2014, the Historic Vehicle Association launched the National Historic Vehicle Register, a joint partnership with the Department of the Interior’s “Historic American Engineering Record” and the Library of Congress.
Since then, we’ve fully documented, photographed and researched the history of 19 automotive icons ranging from the prototype Shelby Cobra Daytona and one of the last remaining Futurliners to Ronald Reagan’s beloved Jeep. It’s a wonderfully eclectic list, one that you can begin to explore in greater depth for yourself.
Last month, the Library of Congress went live with the research, photography and line drawings commissioned by the HVA in the documentation of four Register vehicles. Now, those visiting the Library of Congress’ website can learn more about the GM Futurliner No. 10, 1918 Cadillac Type 57, the original Meyers Manx known as “Old Red” and the 1938 Maserati 8.C.T.F. better known as the “Boyle Special.” The complete history, specs and overview of each vehicle are available for your perusal, anytime, with additional Register vehicles to be added in the near future. This is an unprecedented achievement in terms of the documentation of our collective automotive history and heritage and a major step in the recognition of the automobile’s significance within a broader historical context.
Excited to see some of the other vehicle documentation? Hang in there; the process of compiling the nation’s go to record on a vehicle’s history that is as accurate as possible doesn’t happen over night! While it may take couple of years for it to be live at the LOC’s website it will be there for hundreds of years thereafter. Cars find their way on the website based on the status of research, documentation efforts and a regional rotation of submissions within the Historic American Engineering Record.