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.
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.
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.
After many months of secrecy, the first Chevrolet Camaro emerged from the General Motors Assembly Plant, located in Norwood, Ohio, on May 21, 1966. This was the pilot car, the Number 1 prototype Camaro of 49 that were built in preparation for mass production of a new kind of sports Chevy.
The team at the Historic Vehicle Association recently paid a visit to the U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum in Huntsville, Alabama, where the oldest known “jeep” currently resides: the 1940 Ford Pilot Model GP-No. 1 Pygmy. In the YouTube show This Car Matters, they take a look at the history of this important Jeep and even take it out for a quick drive.
Fifty years ago this week the first pilot prototype Camaro was built. To commemorate this golden anniversary, the Historic Vehicle Association (HVA) uncovered these little known gems.
This year is one celebration after another: BMW turns 100, the Lamborghini Miura is half a century old and the Chevrolet Camaro has also turned 50 years old.
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.