October 22, 2013
Brilliant Brass Beauties
Allentown, PA – The America On Wheels Museum welcomes our latest exhibit, “Brilliant Brass Beauties”, featuring American cars of the Brass Era of 1900 -1915. An incredible display of fourteen cars will be featured, ranging from the simplest horseless carriages to beautiful luxury cars built for the super-rich. The Brass Era owes its name to the glimmering brass radiator shells, lamps and body fittings that adorned these elegant machines, often polished to a brilliant shine. This was a time when burgeoning engineers experimented with all aspects of car design. Visitors to America On Wheels will experience a cross-section of the vast array of automobiles that were being produced during this period and the clever designs that were so common in these early days of motoring. The exhibit opens at America On Wheels November 1st through April 2014.
Visitors will be able to see familiar names such as Cadillac, Oldsmobile, Buick and Ford. They’ll also be able to see some less familiar machines from Pierce, Packard, REO, Elmore and Pratt-Elkhart. The earliest car, a 1905 Franklin, features an air-cooled engine, which became a Franklin Hallmark through the 1930’s. The latest car is a spectacularly restored, award-winning 1913 Mercer 35J Raceabout owned by Fred Schumacher of New Jersey. The Mercer was a true supercar of the era – capable of winning races right off the showroom floor. The museum’s Executive Director, Linda Merkel states “The automotive Brass era was a unique period of automotive manufacturing which ended around 1914-1916. This Changing Exhibit will certainly educate and entertain all who visit.” We encourage you to visit early and visit often – Brilliant Brass Beauties will be an experience like none other.
Ongoing exhibits showcase over 70 unique cars, trucks, motorcycles and bicycles, a 1916 Mack AB Police Paddy Wagon, a rare 2005 Ford GT, and a family oriented exhibit of exquisitely restored pedal cars.