It’s one of our most frequently-asked questions these days: While the transportation exhibit is in the process of being upgraded to our new Driving America exhibit, does that mean that all of the cars are off display?
There is still a strong number of vehicles that you can see during your visit to Henry Ford Museum – they’re just in a different place than you might have last seen them (well, most of them, anyway).
So consider this your guide to our automotive collection during the upgrade! (Or, as I like to call it, “The Tanker Stands Alone.” Keep reading – you’ll see why.)
If you’re entering the museum through the clock tower entrance (where you can see the DC-3 as you enter), you’ll first notice Henry Ford’s Quadricycle – the first car he ever built, in that tiny Bagley Avenue shed in Detroit – on display near the entrance to what will become Driving America.
Further to the right, you can explore our collection of presidential vehicles in their familiar location – those that transported Ronald Reagan, John F. Kennedy, Dwight Eisenhower, Franklin Roosevelt and Theodore Roosevelt.
This week, we also moved the Texaco tanker truck adjacent to Theodore Roosevelt’s brougham and the Holiday Inn sign, as we continue construction on the area in front of the Texaco station and the Drive-In Theater.
From there, swing around the Allegheny locomotive to see a whole string of vehicles, including the Bugatti Royale, Chrysler Turbine, Chevrolet Bel-Air convertible (the turquoise-colored one that was previously in front of the McDonald’s sign and Lamy’s Diner) and lots more. Travel a little further, and you’ll find several more – a Thunderbird, El Dorado, Studebaker and even the Safety Car!
From the entrance nearest to the IMAX (and, of course, the Wienermobile!), you can find a few key cars from our racing collection: the Goldenrod, the Mark IV, Henry Ford’s Sweepstakes car and “Ohio” George’s Willys Gasser. And through this Sunday, March 27, there’s also a very special display in front of the Sweepstakes – the 2011 Daytona 500 owner’s trophy!
And between the Your Place In Time and Made In America exhibits, you’ll find the Mustang prototype and Mustang serial #1, with one of our newest display vehicles – winner of the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE competition, the Edison2 Very Light Car – just a short walk away, nearest to the Fully Furnished exhibit.
Come check out these vehicles on your next visit, and let us know: Which one is your favorite? If you could drive one for a day, which one would you choose?