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This Car Matters is 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 aims to show the automobile’s significance to the American experience through member-submitted stories and photographs, as well as curated films and personal documentaries.

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The McGee Roadster: Hot Rod Legend

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The McGee Roadster – Hot Rod Legend

For many, a 1932 Ford roadster is the quintessential hot rod. Take a look back at the original—the trendsetting car that became the benchmark of style for so many hot rods that came after it and remained an icon even as hot rod tastes changed throughout the decades. The McGee Roadster was recently added to the HVA National Historic Vehicle Register, a program in partnership with the U.S. Department of the Interior, Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) to be archived in Library of Congress.

1900s

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THIS CAR MATTERS: 1901 Packard Model C

1901 Packard Model C

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THIS CAR MATTERS: 1903 Curved Dash Oldsmobile

1903 Curved Dash Oldsmobile

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THIS CAR MATTERS: 1903 Knox Model C Stanhope

1903 Knox Model C Stanhope

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THIS CAR MATTERS: 1906 Model M "Double Tulip" Cadillac

1906 Model M “Double Tulip” Cadillac

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

1907 Thomas Flyer

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THIS CAR MATTERS: 1909 Rambler Model 44

1909 Rambler Model 44

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

President William Howard Taft’s 1909 White Steam Car

1910s

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THIS CAR MATTERS: 1911 Franklin Model D

1911 Franklin Model D

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THIS CAR MATTERS: 1912 EMF Touring Car

1912 EMF Touring Car

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THIS CAR MATTERS: 1913 American Underslung Touring

1913 American Underslung Touring

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THIS CAR MATTERS: 1913 Mercer Model 35-J Raceabout

1913 Mercer Model 35-J Raceabout

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THIS CAR MATTERS: 1915 Chalmers Model 32B

1915 Chalmers Model 32B

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THIS CAR MATTERS: 1918 Cadillac U.S. 1257X

1918 Cadillac U.S. 1257X

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This Car Matters: Marmon Wasp - First Indianapolis 500 Winner

Marmon Wasp, Winner of the First Indianapolis 500

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THIS CAR MATTERS: 1915 Ford Model T

1915 Ford Model T

1920s

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THIS CAR MATTERS: 1924 Aston Martin Grand Prix

1924 Aston Martin Grand Prix

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THIS CAR MATTERS: 1925 Lincoln Judkins Coupe

1925 Lincoln Judkins Coupe

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THIS CAR MATTERS: 1926 Bugatti Miller V8

1926 Bugatti Miller V8

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THIS CAR MATTERS: 1928 Packard 443

1928 Packard 443

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THIS CAR MATTERS: 1929 Chevrolet Popcorn Truck

1929 Chevrolet Popcorn Truck

1930s

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THIS CAR MATTERS: 1930 Ford Model A Speedster

1930 Model A Speedster

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THIS CAR MATTERS: 1932 Stutz DV-32 Custom Lebaron Sedan

1932 Stutz DV-32 Custom Lebaron Sedan

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THIS CAR MATTERS: 1932 Ford Model B Roadster

1932 Ford Model B Roadster

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THIS CAR MATTERS: 1933 Duesenberg SJ Roadster

1933 Duesenberg SJ Roadster

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THIS CAR MATTERS: 1933 Graham Blue Streak

1933 Graham Blue Streak

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THIS CAR MATTERS: 1934 Pontiac Straight Eight Economy Sedan

1934 Pontiac Straight Eight Economy Sedan

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THIS CAR MATTERS: 1934 Chrysler Airflow

1934 Chrysler Airflow

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THIS CAR MATTERS: 1934 Ringling & Henning "Wonder Bread Special"

1934 Ringling & Henning “Wonder Bread Special”

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THIS CAR MATTERS: 1934 Brewster Formal Sedan

1934 Brewster Formal Sedan

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THIS CAR MATTERS: 1936 Duesenberg Landaulet

1936 Duesenberg Landaulet

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THIS CAR MATTERS: 1937 Stutz Pak-Age-Car

1937 Stutz Pak-Age-Car

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THIS CAR MATTERS: 1937 Railton Four-Door Saloon Rippon Brothers Limousine

1937 Railton Four-Door Saloon Rippon Brothers Limousine

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The McGee Roadster: Hot Rod Legend

1932 Ford – The McGee Roadster

1940s

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THIS TRUCK MATTERS: GM Futurliner No. 10

GM Futurliner No. 10

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THIS CAR MATTERS: 1940 Nash Ambassador Eight Special Cabriolet

1940 Nash Ambassador Eight Special

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THIS CAR MATTERS: 1940 Ford Patrol Car

1940 Ford Deluxe Patrol Car

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THIS CAR MATTERS: 1947 Cisitalia 202 SMM Spider Nuvolari

1947 Cisitalia 202 SMM Spider Nuvolari

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THIS BIKE MATTERS: 1948 Vincent Black Lightning

1948 Vincent Black Lightning

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THIS CAR MATTERS: 1948 Keller Super Chief

1948 Keller Super Chief

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

1940 Ford Pilot Model GP-No. 1 Pygmy

1950s

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THIS CAR MATTERS: 1952 Ferrari 212/225

1952 Ferrari 212/225

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THIS CAR MATTERS: 1953 Cadillac LeMans

1953 Cadillac Le Mans

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THIS CAR MATTERS: 1953 Mameco Ardun

1953 Mameco Ardun

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THIS CAR MATTERS: 1953 Ferrari 375 MM Pininfarina

1953 Ferrari 375 MM Pininfarina

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THIS CAR MATTERS: 1953 Cadillac Eldorado Supercharged

1953 Cadillac Eldorado Supercharged

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THIS CAR MATTERS : 1957 Dual Ghia

1957 Dual Ghia

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THIS CAR MATTERS: 1957 Continental MK II

1957 Continental MK II

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THIS CAR MATTERS: 1958 Fiat 600 Sport Viotti

1958 Fiat 600 Sport Viotti

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

1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL

1960s

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THIS CAR MATTERS: 1962 Shelby Cobra CSX 2001

1962 Shelby Cobra CSX

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THIS CAR MATTERS: 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window Coupe

1963 Split Window Corvette

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THIS CAR MATTERS: 1963 Porsche 911

1963 Porsche 911

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THIS CAR MATTERS: 1964 Meyers Manx "Old Red"

1964 Meyers Manx “Old Red”

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THIS CAR MATTERS: 1965 Porsche 911

1965 Porsche 911

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THIS CAR MATTERS: 1966 Ford GT Mark II

1966 Ford GT Mark II

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THIS CAR MATTERS: 1966 Shelby G.T. 350

1966 Shelby G.T. 350

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THIS CAR MATTERS: 1968 ex-Sunoco Penske Team Trans-Am Camaro

1968 Sunoco Camaro

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THIS CAR MATTERS: 1968 Ford GT40 MK III

1968 Ford GT40 MK III

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THIS CAR MATTERS: 1969 Ford Mustang Trans Am Boss 302

1969 Ford Mustang Trans Am Boss 302

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

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

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This Car Matters: First Chevrolet Camaro Built

First Chevrolet Camaro Built

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Gypsy Rose: Lowrider Legend

1964 Chevrolet Impala “Gypsy Rose”

1970s

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THIS CAR MATTERS: 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302

1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302

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THIS CAR MATTERS: 1973 Porsche 911T

1973 Porsche 911

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THIS CAR MATTERS: 1976 AMC Pacer

1976 AMC Pacer

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THIS BIKE MATTERS: 1978 Ducati 900 SS

1978 Ducati 900 SS

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