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Exhibits So Special,
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Special Exhibit

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 womens fashions of the 1930s, as stunning vintage fashions are paired with the cars of the Classic Era. All proudly displayed in the Automotive Heritage Centers Main Gallery.

Special Exhibit

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.

Special Exhibit

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 Mattels First Edition Hot Wheels toys and the famous Lil Deuce Coupe that appeared on the cover of the 1963 Beach Boys album.

Special Exhibit

The Great Migration. You may have seen the images from the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl of the 1930slong 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 Hollywoods elite, displayed next to an ancient Ford Model T covered with a familys only belongings.