Exhibits So Special,
They’re Only Here For A Short Time.
The Classic Era. Automobiles so exquisite, they hardly seem real. Enjoy classic automobiles of the 1930s, including rare Duesenbergs, Packards, Rolls-Royce, and a one-of-a-kind Mercedes-Benz with a remarkable history. And, take a colorful glimpse into the height of women’s fashions of the 1930s, as stunning vintage fashions are paired with the cars of the Classic Era. All proudly displayed in the Automotive Heritage Center’s Main Gallery.
The Fabulous Hudsons. This all started with a single vehicle owned Eldon Hostetler of Shipshewana, Indiana more than 25 years ago. Today, it is the largest collection of Hudson automobiles in the world. Stop and see an amazing sample from that collection, including the Hudson, Essex, Terraplane, Railton, and Dover brands.
American Legends: Hot Rods & Customs. You can almost hear the walls rumble with the memories of these great cars from the 40s, 50s, and 60s. Guest Curated by Dennis Lesky from the Ionia Hot Rods Shop, this exhibit includes the 1941 Ford purple tail dragger, which inspired one of Mattel’s ‘First Edition’ Hot Wheels toys and the famous ‘Lil Deuce Coupe that appeared on the cover of the 1963 Beach Boys album.
The Great Migration. You may have seen the images from the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl of the 1930s—long lines at soup kitchens, farms buried by dirt, and gaunt faces peering from dilapidated vehicles. But these illustrate only part of the story. While desperate families were migrating west, automotive designers were creating luxury cars for the ultra-wealthy. This special exhibit takes visitors beyond the dust bowl, with a revealing display of automobiles from the era, including an extraordinary Duesenberg, custom-built for Hollywood’s elite, displayed next to an ancient Ford Model T covered with a family’s only belongings.