Current Exhibit: Collector Loren Hulber recently updated his collection with a new 'Buick'
These close replicas of automobiles of the early 1900's were built of expensive materials and propelled by pedal mechanisms. Pedal cars were initially for children of wealthy parents but after World War II, pedal cars became accessible to more children for whom they were dream toys. Today, private collectors and museums take the greater interest in pedal cars and provide beautiful restorations. The pedal cars in this exhibit, restored to Concours level, owned by Loren Hulber include:
- 1927 Packard Roadster
- 1935 Steelcraft Pontiac
- 1937 Garton Lincoln Zephyr
- 1937 Steelcraft Plymouth
- 1938 Gendron Hudson
- 1938 Steelcraft Supercharger
- 1941 Steelcraft Chrysler
- 1941 Garton Woodie Station Wagon & Trailer
- 1949 Murray Torpedo
Brilliant Brass Beauties
November 1, 2013 through March 2014
MAIN ENTRANCE In the 1950's, the big auto
manufacturers, and small private shops, one of a kind
show cars. The essence of these creations would often
show up on future production models. The style was
influenced by America's preoccupation with space exploration
and penchant for low, long and sleek automobiles with
abundant chrome. The talented designers of these show
cars often became household names. America On Wheels
celebrates these timeless beauties and the artisans
who created them.
This gallery features an array of vehicles that have
a special relationship with their owners and the communities
in which they reside. From hotrods to sports cars,
from emergency vehicles to unique forms of personal
transportation, each of these vehicles hold a significance
all their own.
In the interactive exhibits, learn the stories behind
the other exhibits in the museum, have your photo
taken in the driver's seat of a mini-Indy racecar,
test your knowledge of auto-related locations in Allentown,
and learn how Mack Truck's uses their specialty vehicles
to strengthen our communities.
3 NEW ANTIQUE MACK TRUCKS HAVE ARRIVED!
This gallery features several examples of the
extensive array of trucks produced over sixty-eight
years by Mack Truck, Inc, including one of the first
models with an enclosed cab. Also included in this
gallery is an extensive collect of bikes, both motorized
In the interactive exhibits, practice driving your
own Mack truck, find out what type of vehicle you
are most naturally suited to, test your knowledge
of auto tools and their functions, hear audio of actual
Mack employees and truck drivers talk about their
experiences, and much more!
This gallery features vehicles used for personal transportation
spanning over a century. Here you can view many of
America's "first" in automobile history, such as one
of the first American cars every made, an early electric
car, and the first type of car to be made by methods
of mass product. You can also see some of the most
recent options for versatile transportation available
today that get you out of the car and on the road!
In the interactive exhibits, be a sleuth and figure
out who actually built the first automobile, try to
figure out just what the differences are between a
car and a carriage, learn about how we might fuel
our vehicles in the future, and even design your own
Room Art Gallery
On Exhibit: Pieces by Carl Renner, 1950s GM Car Creator
Carl Renner was one of the most important designers in the General Motors studios of the 1950s. While Harley Earl is given credit for the spectacular designs of this decade, it was men like Renner who really created the design details. Carl is most often associated today with the Corvette. However, he worked in many GM design studios in the 1950s and influenced a number of cars of that decade. This exhibit has been to many locations including the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, MA, the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale, the Toyota Automobile Museum in Toyota City, Japan and the Museum of the City Of New York. The pieces at the America On Wheels Museum includes 3 large (94x70) and 21 smaller pieces. These will eventually be permanently housed at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. This exhibit will be showcased through May 2013.