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Pennsylvania’s Automotive History

Automobile aficionados rejoice! Pennsylvania is the birthplace of the Jeep® and home to some of the largest collections of automotive memorabilia and vehicles. Across the state, car lovers can find one-of-a-kind vehicles, historical displays and a roadway to fun.  

Antique Automobile Club of America Museum - Dutch Country Roads
Cruise through history with a visit to the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) Museum in Hershey. An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the museum features more than 150 vehicles including the world’s largest collection of Tucker 48 automobiles and the Hershey’s® Kissmobile Cruiser. One of the largest automotive museums in the nation, the AACA Museum is a must-see for any auto enthusiast.

Bantam Jeep® Heritage Festival - Pittsburgh and its Countryside
Hailed as America’s “greatest contribution to modern warfare,” the world’s original Jeep® was made in Butler in 1940. The American Bantam Car Co. was the only U.S. company to meet the Army’s need for a general purpose vehicle during WWII. At the annual Bantam Jeep® Heritage Festival in Butler, more than 2,000 Jeeps® participate in off-and-on road trail rides, obstacle courses, competitions and exhibits.

Swigart Antique Auto Museum - The Alleghenies
This hidden gem in Huntingdon, Pa., rotates through 150 vehicles from the oldest private car collection in the United States, spanning nearly 100 years of automotive history and featuring one-of-a-kind vehicles like a 1936 Duesenberg 12 cylinder Gentlemen's Speedster, a 1920 Carroll and a 1916 Scripps-Booth. The “Tin Goose,” a 1947 Tucker Prototype, is one of the shining stars of the collection, along with “Herbie, The Love Bug,” a 1960 Volkswagen. Visitors can view up to 35 vehicles on display each year, ensuring a unique experience for every visit.

Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum - Philadelphia and The Countryside
Find one of the world’s greatest collections of racing sports cars in Philadelphia, and celebrate “The Spirit of Competition” by viewing more than 65 historically significant cars from Alfa Romeo, Bugatti, Ferrari and Porsche. The Simeone Foundation Museum is the only museum of its kind in North America, taking guests through the history of automotive racing from early endurance tours to Germany’s famed Nurburgring - and even the history of NASCAR®.

The Mack© Trucks Historical Museum - Lehigh Valley
The authority on all things Mack©, the Mack© Trucks Historical Museum in Allentown showcases preserved vintage trucks and memorabilia for all to enjoy. Visitors can see the original sightseeing buses built by Jack and Augustus Mack at the turn of the 20th century, a 1911 Mack© delivery truck and Mack©-made trucks used in World War I, in addition to 80,000 photos dating back to 1905.

Harley-Davidson© Factory Tour and Exhibit - Dutch Country Roads
Pennsylvania offers more than just automobile history. Displays at the Vaughn L. Beals Tour Center detail the plant’s history and guide visitors through the motorcycle manufacturing process at the site of Harley-Davidson©’s largest plant. The tour starts with a movie and continues for a behind-the-scenes look at operations in York. End the tour by sitting on current motorcycles in production.

Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles - Philadelphia and The Countryside
Known as "Pennsylvania's Transportation History Museum,” the Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles showcases stories of early vehicle craftsmen, automotive pioneers and innovators. Inside, discover a collection of rare sleighs and carriages, high wheel bikes, automobiles and trucks. The collections are housed in vehicle factory buildings dating from 1872, and visitors can see electric powered vehicles from as early as 1910.

America On Wheels - Lehigh Valley
Join the thousands who have toured America On Wheels to learn about the history of automotive transportation in the United States. The elaborate galleries feature the cars, trucks, motorcycles and bicycles that put our nation, literally, on the road to international leadership in automotive transportation. Exhibits range from the latest in personal transportation vehicles, such as scooters and Segways, to the grand Mack© Trucks that help feed and supply a growing country.

Rolls-Royce Foundation Library and Museum - Dutch Country Roads
Experience the automotive luxury and heritage of Rolls-Royce and Bentley Motorcars at the Rolls-Royce Foundation Library and Museum. From a selection of original and restored Rolls-Royce and Bentley models to an extensive library of technical manuals and literature, visitors will see first-hand the craftsmanship that makes these cars luxury icons.

Zippo/Case Museum - PA Wilds
Zippo© founder George G. Blaisdell took to the streets of America selling Zippo© lighters in a 1947 Chrysler Saratoga with larger-than-life lighters. Visit the Bradford museum to learn how more than half a billion Zippo© windproof lighters have found their way into our pockets and why W. R. Case and Sons Cutlery Company handcrafted knives are the most collected in the world today. Visitors can also explore a reproduction of Blaisdell’s original Zippo© Car and the Zippo© Jeep.

Carlisle Events - Dutch Country Roads
With 13 of the country's largest annual car and truck events, as well as four collector-car auctions, Carlisle Events is an automotive paradise. Held May through October each year, the multiday affairs are filled with everything from the world’s largest Ford, Chrysler and Corvette shows to automotive based shopping within the swap meet and car corral. There’s family fun with the Kids at Carlisle activity area, the non-automotive based Women’s Oasis, live music and educational seminars.

Frick's Car and Carriage Museum - Pittsburgh and its Countryside
*Currently closed for renovations, opening late fall 2015/early spring 2016
Displays of historic carriages and vintage vehicles illustrate Pittsburgh’s place in automotive history. Visitors won’t want to miss coal and steel baron Henry Clay Frick’s 1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost touring car and Howard Heinz’s 1898 Panhard, said to have been the first car in Pittsburgh.