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During today’s open hours, George DeLorean, brother of John DeLorean, stopped in for a tour. This was the first time he had seen the collection and was very impressed! He took time out to take photos with our volunteer staff, including Vern Lancaster. Vern has brought his DeLorean automobile to several of our Thursday Night Cruise Ins.
This Sunday at the Orphan Car Show, you can see examples from more than a hundred car companies that contributed to the automotive industry that you may never even heard of. The show is held each year at the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum and showcases automobiles that are 25 or more “model-years” old and are no longer manufactured or imported into the US. Zundapp definitely falls into this category. Zundapp was a major German manufacturer that was founded at Nuremberg in 1917 producing munitions. They departed from that business at the end of World War I and the first motorcycle emerged in 1921. In the early 1930s, motorcycle sales were sagging and they decided to take a stab at building an automobile. They never got past building prototypes and they returned to their primary interest of motorcycles and later, aircraft engines.
Twenty five years later, after a decade of postwar concentration on motorcycles and light machinery, the completely different Janus went into actual production. The odd-looking auto has one forward facing seat for the drive and one passenger and one rear facing seat for two more passengers. The name Janus came from the Roman god who faced two directions… well played. Approximately 6,900 were built before Zundapp again abandoned the car business and returned to motorcycles.
See our 1958 Zundapp Janus at the Orphan Car Show in Ypsilanti, Michigan this Sunday, September 15, from 9:00-4:00. Cost is $6.00 per person, children 12 $ under are free with adult. www.ypsiautoheritage.org for information.
This weekend we have two shows we are participating in! Our 1935 Lincoln we be on display at the Cincinnati Concours d’Elegance on Sunday, June 9 at Ault Park. Our 1935 Chrysler Airflow will make its way to the Packard Proving Grounds for the Cars are Stars show! If you in either location, be sure to stop by and say hello! We will have flyers on hand about the collection!
Our two newest additions to the collection arrived today! A beautiful 1904 Peerless Type 8 Style K Touring car with a King of Belgium body style and an 1886 Benz Patent Motorwagen. The Benz is a replica of what is considered the be the first automobile. These will be set up for display immediately so make your way out to the collection and see them first hand!
This past weekend, we were able to share our 1924 Delage with the attendees of the 2019 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance on Amelia Island, Florida. The weather was warm and the cars were hot! Although we did not win in our large circle of amazing cars, we won a spot in many hearts. People just loved seeing the beautiful mahogany body of this gorgeous vehicle. He drew lots of attention and was even judged by the Hagerty Youth Judging program. What a great way to get the kids involved in the car collecting hobby! Keep the history alive!
Thank you to everyone who came out on Wednesday, December 19th and helped us raise money and food for the Vietnam Veterans Chapter 154 and brought so many toys for the Marines Toys for Tots drive! We had a record number of donations of food and toys! Thank you to the No Name Car Club, Father and Son’s Pizza, and Marco’s Pizza of Chesterfield for all you do to make this event great! A special shout out to First Place Lounge for holding your own toy drive and dropping the toys at the museum. Visitors got to see the new additions right before they are being tucked away for a bit. They also got to see the 1916 Hudson go for a quick spin! Be sure you don’t miss out for next year, bigger and better things are in the works! We start collecting food and toys on Black Friday! Merry Christmas and Happy Motoring New Year to all!