On Tuesday, June 2, we set out to bring smiles to the faces of those who usually do that for us. We had a Cruise Out with museum cars, staff and volunteer cars, and some visitor cars and to eight senior living centers and Henry Ford Hospital in Clinton Township. We wanted to let the seniors know how much we missed them and let the staff at the hospital know their efforts are appreciated. It turned out to be a pretty warm day and we lost a car or two along the way to the heat but also gained a few! We want to thank everyone who took part in this wonderful event. We received thank you calls and cards from the locations we visited stating the residents really enjoyed the cars. We have to say that once again, they are the ones that brought smiles to our faces. We miss you all and can’t wait to see you again!
The attached letter was sent out to our email list to notify of the collection’s re-opening plans. We are very excited to re-open once our renovations are complete and bring an unforgettable experience for all our visitors! Stay informed by signing up for our email list! You’ll be the first to know!
This incredible 1919 Pierce-Arrow 66 A-4 Touring car recently arrived at the collection after making an appearance at the 2020 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. The car was custom-built for vaudevillian and early motion picture star, Roscoe C. “Fatty” Arbuckle. The coachwork was a very early design by a young Harley J. Earl for Don Lee Coachbuilders in southern California. Earl would eventually move on to a stellar design career at General Motors. The chassis has a 147.5″ wheelbase and 36″ tires. The gas tank holds 32 gallons since the car seldom got more than 4 miles to the gallon.
Though we are temporarily closed due to the recommendations of the CDC, we will be open again soon and you will be able to see this beauty in person! Stay tuned to our social media and web page for updates!
We have made the decision to close our collection to the public on Tuesday, March 17 due to the state of emergency called by Governor Whitmer. Our first priority is the safety of our staff and guests. We do apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We will re-evaluate the situation next week to decide of future openings. We appreciate your understanding and we will see you again soon!
We were privileged to be a part of a wonderful tradition in Detroit last week, a Toast To Hockeytown. This event is celebrated its 20th anniversary as the signature event for the Detroit Red Wings Foundation. We brought our 1921 Chevrolet and our 1932 Chevrolet Confederate to add a little pizzazz to the already dolled up Little Caesars Arena! There were so many great costumes and many stopped to get a great photo with our two beauties. It was the bees knees!!
Have you signed up to receive our quarterly newsletter yet? What are you waiting for?? The January 2020 issue was just released! You can sign up at the lower left side of our home page and you’ll never miss out! Our newsletter recaps our past events and lets you know about the upcoming events! We list our open hours for the next 3 months plus some other great content. Sign up soon so you won’t be left out! If you’d still like to receive the January 2020 issue, send us an email and we’ll send you a copy. Just remember to sign up so you won’t miss out on any other news of what’s happening at Stahl’s Auto Collection!
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.
We have some new arrivals here at the collection! Some are new to us and some we’ve brought out of storage. We like to change things up now and then to keep it fresh, you never know what you’ll see! Some of the new vehicles include a very cool wrought iron VW Beetle and a beautiful 1932 Nash. Some of the returning vehicles are our 1914 Woods Mobilette and our 1924 Marmon. There will be a few others brought in from storage so be sure to stop by and see. Remember we will be open to the public Veterans Day, Monday, November 11 from 10:00-5:00.
Last night, we celebrated our last Rock’n Roll In Cruise In night of the season! We had over 120 cars displayed proudly by their owners! Seeburger’s Cheeseburgers of New Baltimore was serving up some great food and we were handing out fresh donuts from Corn Fun Family Farm in Casco! We want to thank each and every one of our visitors that spread the word about these fun family-oriented nights and hopefully new friends were made! We can’t wait until Thursday, May 28, 2020 to kick off the new season with bigger and better things to come!
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.