We are adding this magnificent 1916 Owen Magnetic Tourer to the collection soon! This is a wonderful example of a very technically sophisticated car has a magnetic drive system with electric speed changes. It uses a system similar to a locomotive where the motor produces electricity that then powers the wheels. A system of complex speed controllers and a speed selector on the steering column allows the driver to select a speed range but the car has no clutch. The drive combination of gasoline and electric drive system is not unlike a hybrid drive system of today except that the car is not equipped with propulsion batteries. The system did work as advertised and the cars were very easy to operate and quiet due to the elimination of gear noise. (Information courtesy of Bonhams).
This beauty also participated in the 1916 Rose Bowl parade in Pasadena, California!
WXYZ-TV Channel 7 came out and filmed an episode of their #Explore web series last week. They highlight places in Metro Detroit that may fly under the radar. We hope that all who see this wonderful video see what they are missing and make a plan to visit! Warmer temps are coming our way which means Cruise In season is approaching! Stay tuned for upcoming information regarding our Thursday Cruise Ins and so much more!
Click here to see the #Explore video from WXYZ-TV Channel 7!
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!
We will be hanging out with WXYZ Channel 7 at the North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan on January 21 from 11:00-5:00! We will be set up in the lower atrium with the Channel 7 crew. We will have our 1939 Ford Midget Racer on display. This one of a kind car was built just for William Clay Ford, Sr. for his 14th birthday! At that time, 14 was the legal driving age. Stop by and say hi, pick up a flyer and talk to the staff about hosting your next corporate event at Stahls! It is truly a one-of-a-kind experience…the sights, smells and even sounds! The mighty Wurlitzer Theatre organ, the elegant and powerful Gaudin Dance Hall organ and so many more! You have to come experience this place for your self. Hope to see you there!
On Thursday, December 6, the MotorCities National Heritage Area Partnership honored two individuals and eight finalists who have distinguished themselves in the areas of auto and labor heritage with its 5th annual Awards of Excellence. The winners in each of the three categories — preservation, education and interpretation, and tourism, were announced during Michigan Auto Heritage Day, an invitation-only event for state lawmakers in the Capitol Building in Lansing.
Sandra Clark, director of the Michigan History Center, received a MotorCities Champion Award. When MotorCities was being created, there was a lot of talk about Detroit as the “Motor City,” however, it was Clark who said that the story is so much bigger. In her role at the Michigan History Center, Clark added the true statewide perspective. Her leadership was critical in receiving the state’s endorsement in order to move up to consideration for the heritage area. Clark went on to serve as chair of the MotorCities Board of Directors and continues to advocate for the state’s auto history.
Senator Steve Bieda (D-Warren) was also honored with MotorCities’ annual Milestone Award. He has served as both a Senator and Representative of his local district in the Michigan state legislature since 2002. He helped found and co-chairs the Michigan Legislative Auto Caucus, providing a forum for legislative discussion about all matters related to the auto industry in the state. It was in partnership with that caucus that MotorCities launched the Michigan Auto Heritage Day and Awards of Excellence in 2014.
Nominees for the award for Preservation included:
- The Cherry Hill Ford Factory Complex in Canton, which is working to restore an original Henry Ford Village Industry Factory and Dormitory in order to offer veterans programming – the same purpose it served when Ford opened the facility in the 1940s;
- “Carriages to Cars” led by Mike West on behalf of the Oakland County Pioneer Historical Society, which chronicles the evolution of vehicle manufacturing in Pontiac;
- and General Motors Durant-Dort Factory One in Flint, which was the factory operated by Billy Durant and J. Dallas Dort prior to Durant’s acquisition of Buick in 1904 and the formation of General Motors in 1908.
Nominees for the award for Interpretation and Education included:
- The Henry Ford Quiz Show presented by the Henry Ford Heritage Association based in Dearborn, which features an interactive quiz presented at major automotive events allowing visitors to test their knowledge of the automotive icon for a chance at prizes;
- The Model T Outreach Program operated by the Casual T’s and Piquette T’s, who provided a 45-minute presentation to third graders across the region, but also brought those students outside the classroom to interact with a Model T and driver;
- and, the Model T Experience supported by the Manufacturing Academy in Jackson, which uses a cutaway engine of the famed “Tin Lizzie” to demonstrate to students of all ages how the engineering, manufacturing and business acumen of Henry Ford helped shape the auto industry we know today.
Nominees for the award for Heritage Tourism are the following:
- Mary and Ted Stahl of the Stahls Automotive Foundation of Chesterfield Township, which stands to foster education and appreciation of vehicles of all makes and model at their museum through hands-on interaction;
- and the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum Calendar Project, which takes a Lansing institution beyond the limitations of its four walls and beautifully showcases how this museum, its vehicles and its stories truly belong to its home city of Lansing.
We are pleased to announce that Mary and Ted Stahl won the award! Dan Stahl, Erin Stahl, staff, and volunteers of the collection were on hand to accept the award. Thank you to Motorcities Heritage group for all you do to keep history alive!
Tired of the shoving, pushing, and chaotic shoppers? Come out to Stahls Automotive Collection where you will have lots of elbow room! You won’t need to push anyone! Stroll through our wide aisles, taking in the sights, sounds and smells of yesteryear. We’ll have our Grinch car set up where you can take a great family photo for a Christmas card! We will be open from 11:00-4:00. Walk off that dinner!
This weekend we will celebrate our 5th Annual Veterans Day Open House and Charity Hockey Game against the Detroit Red Wing Alumni! The game will be on Saturday, November 10 at St. Clair Shores Civic Arena beginning at 12:00 Noon. Admission is only $10, kids 10 & under are free! All proceeds will benefit Guardian Angels, Medical Service Dogs, Inc. Sunday will be our Open House at the Stahl Automotive Collection, 56516 North Bay Drive, Chesterfield, Michigan. This event runs from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and celebrates veterans and their families! All are welcome, limited free valet parking, music, t-shirts, military items and more. Come share stories with laughter and tears and let our veterans know we care! Donations will be accepted for Guardian Angels at the event also. Meet the founders and a few of the dogs may be on hand too!
We are partnering with WXYZ-TV Channel 7 in sponsoring the Detroit Dream Cruise! Channel 7 put together a 30 second spot about Stahls for Facebook. You can see it here. On August 18 at 7:00pm, you can watch the 2-hour Dream Cruise Special on WXYZ Channel 7 and see a more in-depth tour of the museum. We will have a spot on the west side of Woodward, north of 12 Mile along the cemetery fence. Look for our banners, stop by and say hello!