America On Wheels

America On Wheels Now on display...Nicola Bulgari: A Lifetime Devotion to the American Automobile
The amazing educational museum that opened in Allentown PA in April of 2008. Features 23,000 square feet of exhibit space and includes cars, racing vehicles, trucks, alternate fuel vehicles, motorcycles and bicycles. The museum also hosts the Allentown Visitor Center for Lehigh Valley visitors to pick up literature and ask questions. www.discoverlehighvalley.com
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12/27/2019

This Day in Auto History
12.27.1904
Henry M Leland was officially named General Manager of the Cadillac Motor Car Company. Leland created the Cadillac automobile, later bought out by General Motors. In 1902, William Murphy and his partners at the Henry Ford Company hired Leland to appraise the company's factory and tooling prior to liquidation. Leland completed the appraisal, but he advised Murphy and his partners that they were making a mistake to liquidate, and suggested they instead reorganize, building a new car powered by a single-cylinder engine Leland had originally developed for Oldsmobile. The directors lost no time in renaming the company Cadillac. At Cadillac, Leland applied many modern manufacturing principles to the fledgling automotive industry, including the use of interchangeable parts. Alfred P. Sloan, longtime president and chair of General Motors, considered Leland to be "one of those mainly responsible for bringing the technique of interchangeable parts into automobile manufacturing." The Cadillac won the Dewar Trophy for 1908. Leland sold Cadillac to General Motors on July 29, 1909 for $4.5 million, but remained as an executive until 1917. With Charles Kettering, he developed a self-starter for the Cadillac, which won its second Dewar Trophy in 1913 as a result. He prodded Kettering to design a workable electric starter after a Cadillac engineer was hit in the head and killed by a starting crank when the engine backfired. He left General Motors in a dispute with company founder William C. Durant over producing materials during World War I. Cadillac had been asked to build Liberty aircraft engines but Durant was a pacifist. (This item is courtesy of 365daysofmotoring.com)

12/26/2019

This Day in Auto History
12.26.1869
One hundred fifty years ago, Louis-Guillaume Perreaux patented his steam velocipede. Perreaux experimented with a small steam engine in a bicycle frame, contributing to the invention of the first motorcycle. He also patented a range of inventions including a multi-chambered gun, a lock mechanism in 1841, a circular power saw in 1843 and scientific instruments such as the Perreaux Dividing Machine, invented in 1846, which could precisely calibrate the divisions on a glass thermometer using a screw driven micrometer with a chisel attachment or accurately measure the distance between two points to within a micron. One of Perreaux's last inventions was in 1879 for a "system of military tent poles without external cables and without pickets". As well as being much more rigid than conventional tents, Perreaux's design claimed to be simpler, lighter and therefore transportable for military use. He also proposed that several of his square-tent designs could be erected together to form a gallery.

12/25/2019

This Day in Auto History
12.25.1934
The 1935 Chevrolet 'Unicorn' mascot was patented by designer B. E. Lemm.

12/24/2019

This Day in Auto History
12.24.1904
The (Societa Anonima) Fabbrica Automobili Isotta-Fraschini assumed the assets of the original 1900 Isotta-Fraschini organization, an Italian luxury car manufacturer, also producing trucks, as well as engines for marine and aviation use. The firm had had been founded in Milan, Italy, in 1900 by Cesare Isotta and the brothers Vincenzo, Antonio, and Oreste Fraschini. With the growth of the wealthy middle class in North America in the 1920s, Isotta Fraschini marketed deluxe limousines to the new American aristocracy. Early film stars Clara Bow and Rudolph Valentino drove Isotta Fraschinis. Seriously affected by the economic crisis of the 1930s and by the disruptions of World War II, Isotta Fraschini stopped making cars after the war (1949). Only five of the last model, the Monterosa, were produced. In the 1990s, attempts to revive the automotive industry of Isotta Fraschini were made. Concept-car coupe and roadster Isotta Fraschini T8 were built in 1996, and concept-car roadster Isotta Fraschini T12 was built in 1998. The company never went into production and closed for bankruptcy in 1999.

We will be closed on Christmas Eve and Chrismas Day, but will once again open at 10am on Thursday, December 26, with the...
12/23/2019

We will be closed on Christmas Eve and Chrismas Day, but will once again open at 10am on Thursday, December 26, with the Holiday Train displays, Feel the Thunder - Thunderbirds Through the Years, and all the other things that you love about America On Wheels! May this time with your loved ones and friends fill you with happiness, and recharge your batteries for fun times at America On Wheels Museum.

12/23/2019

This Day in Auto History
12.21.1979
The U.S. Congress approved $1.5 billion in loans to the financially threatened Chrysler Corporation in an effort to save the battered automotive giant. President Jimmy Carter signed the bill on January 7, 1980. Under the stewardship of Lee Iacocca, a graduate of Allentown High School and Lehigh University, Chyrsler rebounded quickly. By the late 1980s, the automaker was again posting record profits.

12/23/2019

This Day in Auto History
12.23.2009
US auto giant Ford said it had agreed on the main terms for selling its Swedish brand Volvo Cars to Chinese carmaker Geely. (This item is courtesy of 365daysofmotoring.com)

This Day in Auto History12.22.1934NASCAR great David Pearson was born. Pearson's career paralleled Richard Petty's, the ...
12/21/2019

This Day in Auto History
12.22.1934
NASCAR great David Pearson was born. Pearson's career paralleled Richard Petty's, the driver who won the most races in NASCAR history. They accounted for 63 first/second place finishes (with the edge going to Pearson). Petty said, "Pearson could beat you on a short track, he could beat you on a superspeedway, he could beat you on a road course, he could beat you on a dirt track. It didn't hurt as bad to lose to Pearson as it did to some of the others, because I knew how good he was." This photo is of Pearson at the 1975 Purolator 500 at Pocono, a race he would win later that day.

12/20/2019

This Day in Auto History
12.20.1954
Buick Motor Company signed comedian Jackie Gleason to one of the largest contracts ever entered into with an entertainer. Gleason agreed to produce 78 half-hour The Jackie Gleason Show TV programmes over a 2-year period for $6,142,500. (This item is courtesy of 365daysofmotoring.com)

Hop into whatever you drive, and visit the Holiday Train Exhibit at America On Wheels, and see all the other great displ...
12/20/2019

Hop into whatever you drive, and visit the Holiday Train Exhibit at America On Wheels, and see all the other great displays as well.

12/19/2019

This Day in Auto History
12.19.1939
Benjamin Kopf of Ford-Japan, Yoshisuke Ayukawa of Nissan, and Risaburo Toyoda of Toyota signed a joint venture agreement to manufacture cars in Japan.

Something sweet rolled into our lobby during Tuesday morning's icy rain...
12/18/2019

Something sweet rolled into our lobby during Tuesday morning's icy rain...

12/18/2019

This Day in Auto History
12.18.1919
One hundred years ago, racer Henri Fournier died in Paris, France at age 48. Born in 1871 in Le Mans, Fournier began his career on motorcycles and tricycles. In 1901 he came to the Mors racing team and was the most successful driver of this year, as he won both the Paris–Bordeaux and Paris–Berlin races. In addition to his racing career, he did well in speed tests and in the United States set a new record for the mile with his car. Fournier retired from motorsport to run a car dealership, first for Hotchkiss, then for the Italian marque Itala. He returned to racing in 1907 where in four races the best result achieved was eighth place in the 1908 American Grand Prize.

You too can admire this 1961 Thunderbird in our Feel the Thunder display.
12/17/2019

You too can admire this 1961 Thunderbird in our Feel the Thunder display.

12/17/2019

This Day in Auto History
12.17.1909
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway held its grand opening, complete with the ceremonial laying of the last 'golden' brick by Indiana Governor Thomas R. Marshall.

12/16/2019

This Day in Auto History
12.16.1949
A Swedish company by the name of Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget produced its first motorcar. In 1965, the concern changed its name to Saab Aktiebolag, and a few years later simply to Saab. The first Saab automobiles were engineered with the precision of fighter planes--the company's other main product. In 1990, General Motors bought Saab's car operations, excluding its bus, truck, and military jet businesses. Ten years later, GM acquired the rest of Saab's automotive operations. In 2010 GM sold Saab Automobile AB to the Dutch automobile manufacturer Spyker Cars N.V. After struggling to avoid insolvency throughout 2011, the company petitioned for bankruptcy following the failure of a Chinese consortium to complete a purchase of the company. On June 13, 2012, it was announced that a newly formed company called National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) had bought Saab Automobile's bankrupt estate According to "Saab United", the first Nevs Saab 9-3 drove off its pre-production line on September 19, 2013 and full production restarted Monday December 2. NEVS started production of electric cars in 2019 in Tianjin, China - about seven years since the acquisition of Saab in 2012. This new model, called NEVS 9-3 (based on Saab 9-3 and Saab Phoenix E platform), is equipped with CATL batteries and a 130 kW electric motor. The production capacity is reportedly around 50,000 annually. Details about NEVS are rather scarce, but it seems that the company is moving forward after Evergrande Group acquired 51% of its shares. It's expected that the Saab Phoenix E platform will be utilized in a total of five NEVS models.

12/15/2019

This Day in Auto History
12.15.1919
One hundred years ago, the Locomobile Company was organized by E. S. Hare to acquire the assets of the Locomobile Company of America. Locomobile, an automobile that became known as the "Best Built Car in America", was also one of the most expensive and elegant automobiles manufactured in the United States. By 1911, the six-cylinder Model 48 weighed 3 tons and was built of magnesium bronze, aluminum and steel, cost $7,900 and was owned by the who's who of upper East Coast aristocracy - Melon, Gould, Vanderbilt, Wanamaker, Governor Cox of Massachusetts, Wm. Wrigley to name a few. In the West, Locomobile 48's were owned by names such as Charlie Chaplin, Tom Mix and Cecil B. DeMille. Two people would bring the company to its fruition as the successful builder of the best built car in America: Andrew Riker, a talented and brilliant engineer, and Samuel Davis as financial manager and treasurer. Locomobile had its beginnings in Watertown, Massachusetts in 1898, when a man named John Brisben Walker, an entrepreneur and owner of Cosmopolitan Magazine became fascinated with the automobile. Hare had taken control of Locomobile as well as Mercer and Simplex, in a plan to make a larger corporation under his control. Unfortunately Hare's company did not have the sound base and financial assets to sustain its goals. Locomobile finally was able to separate itself from Hare in 1921 after a new board of directors took control.

Come into the museum today and see all the trains we have on display, including these in the Long Haul, the North Galler...
12/14/2019

Come into the museum today and see all the trains we have on display, including these in the Long Haul, the North Gallery, and the Orientation Theater. Only here for a bit over 2 more weeks.

12/14/2019

This Day in Auto History
12.14.1919
One hundred years ago, racer Robert Drake was born in San Francisco, CA. Bob Drake was a privateer driver and automobile restorer who used to race Aston Martin, Cooper sports car and, more famously, a Type 61 Birdcage Maserati. He gained some prestige by finishing 2nd in the 1960 Riverside Grand Prix driving an Ol' Yaller Mk.II. He participated in one Formula One Grand Prix, on November 20, 1960 where he scored no championship points. Drake was the last driver to race the famous Maserati 250F in a Formula One World Championship Grand Prix, the 1960 United States Grand Prix. The 250F was a 2.5 liter front-engined Grand Prix car that was considered obsolete in 1961 due to new engine rules. Aside from being a race car driver, he was a naval diver, restaurateur, and stunt performer. He died in 1990 at the age of 70.

12/13/2019

This Day in Auto History
12.13.1939
The first production Lincoln Continental was completed.

12/12/2019

This Day in Auto History
12.12.1909
Racer Eugen Bjørnstad was born in Norway. Bjørnstad went on from competing on ice tracks in the winter and hillclimbs in the summer to become Norway’s first ever Grand Prix driver. Bjørnstad was the best racing driver in the Nordic countries in the thirties. Behind the wheels of Bugattis, Alfa Romeos and ERAs he won several Grand Prix events. His last ever race was the 1937 Venderbuilt Cup at Roosevelt Raceway where the transmission of his Alfa Romeo broke 60 laps into the 90 lap event. In an interview in 1990, he said: “One of my specialties was to mount extra gasoline tanks on the race cars, so I drove around in fire bombs. No fireproof driving suits existed - we drove in overalls in summer and nods in winter ”. He died in the United States in 1992 at age 83.

12/11/2019

This Day in Auto History
12.11.1894
One hundred twenty five years ago, the world's first auto show, the Exposition Internationale de Velocipidie et de Locomotion Automobile, opened in Paris, France. Four makes of automobiles were on display.

America On Wheels Museum is honored to be a recipient 😊.
12/10/2019

America On Wheels Museum is honored to be a recipient 😊.

Greater Lehigh Valley Auto Dealer Association (GLVADA)announce award of 2019-20 charitable grants
America On Wheels Bethlehem Special Olympics-Pennsylvania Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lehigh Valley Boys & Girls Club of Allentown Center For Vision Loss Da Vinci Science Center The Children's Home of Easton ; Family Connection of Easton, Inc. The Five Star Heart Project The Hillside School - Lehigh Valley Love Ran Red Foundation The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Mary Meuser Memorial Library Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley, Inc. Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley Via of the Lehigh Valley and the
Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital

Congartulations to all recipients!

https://www.glvada.org/lv-auto-dealers-announce-award-of-2019-20-charitable-grants/

12/10/2019

This Day in Auto History
12.10.1954
Racer Price Cobb was born in Dallas, TX. He won the 1990 24 Hours of Le Mans together with John Nielsen and Martin Brundle in a Jaguar XJR-12. He was the team owner of an Indy Racing League team in 1998 and 1999 with Roberto Guerrero and Jim Guthrie as the team drivers. He also has authored a number of books on auto racing.

12/09/2019

This Day in Auto History
12.9.1969
Fifty years ago, the AC Spark Plug Division of General Motors began developing the catalytic converter under the direction of General Manager George W Chestnut, Chief Engineer, Thomas Hustead, and General Motors President Edward N Cole. (This item is courtesy of 365daysofmotoring.com)

12/08/2019

This Day in Auto History
12.8.1984
Razzle, the drummer of Finnish glam rock band Hanoi Rocks, was killed in a tragic car accident. Born Nicholas Dingley, he was a passenger in a car driven by Motley Crue‘s Vince Neil. The two bands were at a party given in honour of the Finnish band’s first U.S. tour, when Neil and Razzle — both of whom reportedly had already been drinking — decided to make a run to the liquor store. As the car made its way around a winding Hollywood road, Neil lost control of the vehicle and smashed into another car. All involved sustained injuries, but Razzle was less fortunate. He was taken to South Bay Hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival. Two decades later, Neil — who was released from his 30-day jail sentence for the incident 10 days early for good behavior — expressed remorse and admitted that he got off too easy for driving under the influence. (This item is courtesy of 365daysofmotoring.com)

12/07/2019

This Day in Auto History
12.7.1964
The New York City Board of Estimate voted to revive a controversial plan to build a 10-lane, $100 million elevated expressway across Lower Manhattan from the Holland Tunnel on the west to the Williamsburg and Manhattan Bridges on the east. In December 1962, the same board had refused to approve plans to build the road: its members had unanimously agreed that it was not really needed to alleviate cross-town traffic congestion and that, in any case, it would destroy the crowded and historic residential neighborhoods in its path. However, fervent lobbying by highway advocates like the powerful urban planner Robert Moses, along with the heavy-construction companies who stood to profit from the road-building itself, persuaded city officials to reconsider. This time, the board gave the expressway the go-ahead, and in 1965, Mayor Wagner promised that he would break ground on the project "as quickly as possible." Thanks to the efforts of Jacobs and her allies, the tide of public opinion began to turn against the building of urban highways across the country, and a 1968 study that predicted elevated carbon-monoxide levels in the air around the Lower Manhattan Expressway sealed the road's fate. The Board of Estimate officially abandoned plans for the highway in 1969.

12/06/2019

This Day in Auto History
12.6.1929
Construction was completed on the Royal Gorge Bridge over the Arkansas River, near Canon City, CO, becoming the world's highest bridge at 1,053 feet until it was surpassed by the Liuguanghe Bridge in China in 2001. The Royal Gorge Bridge maintained the title of the world's highest suspension bridge until the Beipan River Guanxing Highway Bridge was completed in 2003, also in China. The bridge remains the highest bridge in the United States and was among the ten highest bridges in the world until 2012. The bridge was built in six months between June and November 1929 at a cost of $350,000.

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5 N Front St
Allentown, PA
18102

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Last ticket sale is 1 hour before closing. Free parking is available on site in our parking lot. Admission: Adults $10, Seniors (62+) $8, Students (6-16) $6 & Children 5 & under FREE ** Seniors are FREE the first Thursday of EVERY MONTH & Children/ Students 16 & under are FREE EVERY Sunday.

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Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
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Sunday 12:00 - 16:00

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