Special Display at AACA Museum
Larry Jewett - May 15, 2013 11:31 AM
This is a year for celebrating anniversaries. The Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) Museum is celebrating 10 years, Buick is celebrating 110 years and the Buick Riviera model is celebrating 50 years. The AACA Museum, working in conjunction with the Buick Heritage Alliance, is excited to showcase a variety of Buick years, makes and models as part of our 10th Anniversary exhibit line up.
Named after founder David Dunbar Buick, the firm is one of the oldest active makes both in America and in the world. The first Buick made for sale was in 1903 in Detroit, Michigan, and the factory was moved to Flint the following year. Buicks were originally built to replicate a living room within a moving automobile and were nicknamed the "moving couch of America".
Buick became one of the original members of General Motors when the corporation was formed in 1908. This special exhibit includes a 1910 Buick Model 10 Surrey, 1935 Buick 96S Sport Coupe, 1964 Buick Riviera, 1967 Buick Sport Wagon, 1970 Buick GS Stage I, 1972 Buick Riviera, 1975 Buick Indy 500 Pace Car Replica and the 1987 Buick GNX.
The 1987 Buick GNX on display is #470 out of a total 570 produced, and is considered by some to be the last true muscle car. The 1935 Buick 96 S coupe is one of only 42 sport coupes produced and sold in the world in 1935, it is also believe to be the only survivor. Restoration began on this vehicle in 2001 in preparation for Buick's 100th Anniversary in 2003. It also won second place in Pebble Beach in August of 2003. The 1975 Buick Pace Car is the first year that Buick paced the Indianapolis 500 in 16 years. Actor and accomplished amateur race driver James Garner drove the car in what would be his first of three tours of duty pacing the race. This particular car is one of a handful of surviving 1975 Buick Indy Pace Cars from less than 400 actually built and sold.
The AACA Museum has two other special featured exhibits this summer. “Pop Culture and Cars - a Retro Adventure” showcases vehicles and memorabilia from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. From poodle skirts to Elvis, from The Beatles to Jimi Hendrix and from Smokey and the Bandit to Saturday Night Fever, we'll bring back the fun and nostalgia of these decades. The British Invasion - A retrospective of British motorcycles imported to America from the 1940s - 1970s when the power, performance, chrome and color of the great English machines dominated American racetracks and streets.
The Antique Automobile Club of America Museum, a member of the Smithsonian Institution Affiliations Program, is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization located just off Route 39, one mile west of Hersheypark Drive in Hershey, Pennsylvania. For further information, please call (717) 566-7100 or visit www.aacamuseum.org.