Bound for AACA Museum
Larry Jewett - September 25, 2012 09:20 AM
A new vehicle donation will soon be arriving at the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) Museum just in time for Fall Carlisle and Hershey Meet Week. Mark Hyman of Hyman Ltd. Classic Cars is donating a one-of-a-kind 1955 Flajole Forerunner to become part of the AACA Museum Collection in a few short weeks.
As one of the most innovative concept cars of the 1950's, the Flajole Forerunner was world renowned stylist Bill Flajole's vision of the future. The Forerunner was the result of over 7,000 hours of design and construction, and over $80,000 in build cost in 1955 dollars.
Designed and built by automotive designer Bill Flajole, then Advance Styling Consultant for American Motors, and a well-known industrial designer, the Forerunner incorporates many futuristic design elements like its retracting tinted Plexiglas roof, headrest bucket seats and contrasting color fender coves, well before any of these items were put on a production car. The glass fiber body employed molded-in open louvers and elaborate compound curves never before attempted in fiberglass. Its windshield header-mounted rear view mirror foreshadows later designers' use of periscope optics. This is a fabulous one-of-a-kind concept car with an impeccable history.
"This particular automobile is historically important for its technological advancements and its design concepts that were truly ahead of its time" stated donor Mark Hyman. "As a dealer of vintage motor cars, I feel strongly about giving back to the collector car community. I am making this donation so that the car can be enjoyed by the public, rather than being part of a private collection where only a select few would have access to view it."
The Flajole Forerunner is currently in transit and due to arrive at the AACA Museum for display by October 1, 2012. All vehicles displayed at the AACA Museum are either donated or on short-term loan from individual collectors. This provides the public a wonderful opportunity to view unique and historically significant vehicles that are part of our Automotive Heritage and preserves these treasures for future generations. The AACA Museum is always looking for vehicle donations to enhance its permanent collection and to support its ongoing mission of educating the public and preserving automobiles for future generations.