Model A

Full-Throttle Thursday

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The Ford Motor Company has been around for a very long time. 115 years as of June 16th, to be exact. The vision of a forty year-old tinkerer named Henry, the Ford Company has come a long way since they introduced their first Model A in 1903.  A bare-boned vehicle, the Model A could not have anticipated the future. Five years and numerous model changes later, the Model T was the big one - it made car ownership affordable, and allowed even the common person to see themselves on the road. Since this is just a blog and not an epic, we now jump ahead sixty-two years. The Ford Company of 1965 may not have been the power house it was in the early days - in 1918, one of every two cars on the road was a Ford! - but they still drew attention when they made a good car that people wanted. That would have been the first year given to the Mustang (it was really a '64, but, well, never mind).

The Ford Mustang was an instant winner, and the most successful Ford since the Model A. In fact, it continues to be in production to this day, with overhauls happening pretty regularly since its original introduction. There are a few Mustangs available to admire here at the American Treasure Tour. One, not easily visible but definitely on display in our Toy Box, is a Third Generation Mustang from 1987.  Available in coupe, hatchback, and convertible styles, ours is a soft-top convertible looking snazzy but still kinda practical. Next time you take our tram ride, make a point to notice it, parked among the other cars. Another winner in the Toy Box.

Mondays at the Museum

The American Treasure Tour staff likes to use our Monday blog as an excuse to call out some of our other favorite destinations in the United States for cultural enrichment.  We know everyone can't come to visit us - especially when we're not open for General Admission on Mondays - so we want to remind you of the rich cultural heritage of our amazing nation.  Yes, we recognize that the world doesn't revolve around us.  Maybe it should, but we won't address that today.

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As you know, the American Treasure Tour has a top-notch collection of preserved vintage automobiles, along with the other amazing things we have on display.  We are by no means the only car museum in the Mid-Atlantic Region.  In fact, there are a few other impressive collections within two hours' drive of us - and most of them are open year round like we are!  We'll mention three of them here, but don't worry.  Not all today.  Today, we will start with the AACA Museum in Hershey, PA:  http://www.aacamuseum.org

Located in Hershey, Pennsylvania, they have a wonderful selection of vehicles on display, notably an entire wing dedicated to the story of the Tucker automobile which, if you're unfamiliar with Tucker, is definitely worth the experience.  They also have every pre-war Ford Model, from the A of 1903 to the A of 1931.  Cool place.  And it's near chocolate.

Full Throttle Thursday

It's time again for the American Treasure Tour blog to delve into our automobile collection. Last week, we went modern (relatively speaking) with our 1956 Ford Fairlane.  THIS week, we're heading to the United States prior to World War II and the engineering improvements that occurred during the 1940's.

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One company that few remember today that had a significant impact on the car industry was Willys.  The car we honor today is their 1927 Whippet - considered a compact vehicle at the time (hard to imagine), some automotive historians consider this the car that compelled Henry Ford to retire production of his Model T. The popularity of the Whippet was such that Ford's need to upgrade his car technology led to the introduction of the Model A that year. That's pretty significant.  Now, jump ahead fourteen years, and Willys contracted with the U.S. government to produce an all-purpose all-terrain vehicle for the military.  General Dwight D. Eisenhower described that car, the Jeep, as one of the most important vehicles in the Allied victory!