HOT RODS AND COOL CUSTOMS Changing Exhibits Gallery May through Mid-August 2021 According to the Oxford dictionary, to hot rod is to “modify (a vehicle or other device) to make it faster or more powerful.” The Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) says the term changes in meaning over the years,
Ford’s Model T: The most important car ever! NEW EXHIBIT! The National Automobile Museum has announced its newest exhibit focused on the Ford Model-T.The National Automobile Museum has unveiled a new exhibit focused on the Ford Model T which was the first truly affordable car for the masses. Prior to
What Color Black Do You Want? In his 1922 autobiography, Henry Ford said that in 1909 he told his management team, “Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black.” Some historians are not sure he uttered those exact words, but
The DIY Automotive Movement The Metz Company was a pioneer automobile maker established by Charles Herman Metz of Waltham, Massachusetts from 1908 to 1922. Metz had one of the most unique Do-It-Yourself kits in the industry. But they were not the first to enter the DIY market. Beginning in 1899, A.L.
Online shopping is big now, even for automobiles. But in 1952, the internet was still decades away (1983), and it would be seven more years before the World Wide Web (1990). But there was something almost as good: The Sears Catalog. Sears Department Stores began in 1886, but their catalog
The MotoMeter One of the fun ways to enjoy the National Automobile Museum is to examine the various styles of radiator caps. They range from metal sculptures of classic nudes and racing greyhounds to flying birds and Indian chiefs. But one of the simplest, and most appropriately named, is the