Gone But Not Forgotten: Orphan Cars of the 1950′s to Today
America On Wheels is very pleased to announce our newest exhibit. The term “Orphan Cars” refers to those built by manufacturers that have since stopped production and gone out of business. The products of once famous companies such as Pontiac, Mercury and Studebaker will appear alongside more infamous projects such as Delorean and Edsel. As a bonus within the exhibit, visitors will also view a group of micro cars such as the Vespa and Sebring – Vanguard Citicar. Orphan cars are often the product of big dreams but small budgets, mismanagement of once great companies or flawed designs. Come and see which car companies were once major players in the automotive world, which were mere footnotes in history and which were the infamous flops. Some vehicles on site will be: 1954 Pontiac Chieftain, 1954 Studebaker Commander Coupe, 1957 Hudson Hornet, 1959 Edsel Station Wagon, 1982 Delorean, 1963 R2 Avanti, 1953 Desoto and more.
In the 1950’s, the big auto manufacturers, and small private shops, one of a kind show cars. The essence of these creations would often show up on future production models. The style was influenced by America’s preoccupation with space exploration and penchant for low, long and sleek automobiles with abundant chrome. The talented designers of these show cars often became household names. America On Wheels celebrates these timeless beauties and the artisans who created them.
This gallery features an array of vehicles that have a special relationship with their owners and the communities in which they reside. From hotrods to sports cars, from emergency vehicles to unique forms of personal transportation, each of these vehicles hold a significance all their own.
In the interactive exhibits, learn the stories behind the other exhibits in the museum, have your photo taken in the driver’s seat of a mini-Indy racecar, test your knowledge of auto-related locations in Allentown, and learn how Mack Truck’s uses their specialty vehicles to strengthen our communities.
3 NEW ANTIQUE MACK TRUCKS HAVE ARRIVED!
This gallery features several examples of the extensive array of trucks produced over sixty-eight years by Mack Truck, Inc, including one of the first models with an enclosed cab. Also included in this gallery is an extensive collect of bikes, both motorized and self-propelled.
In the interactive exhibits, practice driving your own Mack truck, find out what type of vehicle you are most naturally suited to, test your knowledge of auto tools and their functions, hear audio of actual Mack employees and truck drivers talk about their experiences, and much more!
This gallery features vehicles used for personal transportation spanning over a century. Here you can view many of America’s “first” in automobile history, such as one of the first American cars every made, an early electric car, and the first type of car to be made by methods of mass product. You can also see some of the most recent options for versatile transportation available today that get you out of the car and on the road!
In the interactive exhibits, be a sleuth and figure out who actually built the first automobile, try to figure out just what the differences are between a car and a carriage, learn about how we might fuel our vehicles in the future, and even design your own car!
Long Haul Room Art Gallery
Elegance Deserves Company: Guinness Advertising Art Exhibit
The art displayed are original paintings done for Guinness advertising campaigns showcasing the innovative “new look” designs from the post war British automotive industry. This advertising campaign for Guinness was incredibly successful. The Guinness ads and posters over the years have become British institutions.
Thank you to Frederic A. Sharf who made this exhibit possible for America On Wheels and to Mark Wallison for installation and supervision of all art framing.
Books showcasing the Guinness Ads are being sold in the Museum Store.
Enjoy viewing this outstanding art display. Please touch with your “eyes” only.