Historic Vehicle Association

Historic Vehicle Association The mission of the HVA is to promote the cultural and historical significance of the automobile and protect the future of our automotive past.
With over 360,000 members, the Historic Vehicle Association (HVA) is the world’s largest historic vehicle owners’ organization. The HVA is dedicated to promoting the cultural and historical significance of the automobile and protecting the future of our automotive past. Founded in 2009 through the philanthropic support of Hagerty, the HVA is the North American representative in FIVA (Fédération International des Véhicules Anciens), the international federation of historic vehicle organizations.
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Shelby American introduced the 427 Cobra (aka MKIII) variant in 1965 featuring a strengthened chassis, wider fender flar...
06/01/2020

Shelby American introduced the 427 Cobra (aka MKIII) variant in 1965 featuring a strengthened chassis, wider fender flares, coil-spring suspension, a larger front radiator opening, and, of course, a Ford 427 cid/7L FE V8 from which it derived its name.

The standard edition of the Ford 427 FE V8 was paired to a single 4-barrel Holley carburetor and produced 410 hp. This helped propel the standard 427 Cobra from 0-60mph in 4.2 seconds, with a top speed of 164 mph and a 12.4 second quarter mile! #DriveHistory

Which customized car on the National Historic Vehicle Register is your favorite? #DriveHistory1. 1932 Ford V-8 "McGee" R...
05/31/2020

Which customized car on the National Historic Vehicle Register is your favorite? #DriveHistory

1. 1932 Ford V-8 "McGee" Roadster
2. 1951 Hirohata Merc by Barris Kustom
3.1964 Chevrolet Impala "Gypsy Rose" by IMPERIALS CAR CLUB

Check out this before & after of a GM Futurliner restoration!This project took over 8 years and was completed through vo...
05/30/2020

Check out this before & after of a GM Futurliner restoration!

This project took over 8 years and was completed through volunteer efforts for the National Automotive and Truck Museum of the United States! #DriveHistory

Mustang vs Camaro! Which side are you on? #DriveHistory
05/29/2020

Mustang vs Camaro! Which side are you on? #DriveHistory

Here are some more photos of the Martin Stationette!This one-off prototype was built in the 1950s as an alternative vehi...
05/28/2020

Here are some more photos of the Martin Stationette!

This one-off prototype was built in the 1950s as an alternative vehicle for city commuters with hopes of easing traffic congestion at the time. The Stationette is powered by a 4-clyinder, 65 cid, water-cooled Hercules engine and has space for two passengers with light luggage. #DriveHistory

Car owned by Lane Motor Museum

05/27/2020
UP CLOSE: 1932 Ford V8 Hot Rod - McGee Roadster

In our latest UP CLOSE video, we show you the details on THE quintessential hot rod: The McGee Roadster!

This 1932 Ford V-8 Roadster was custom built by Bob McGee after his return from service in WWII and helped set the trend for hot rodding styles for decades to come!

Watch now and check back next Wednesday as we take you up close with another amazing car from the National Historic Vehicle Register! #DriveHistory

Produced in partnership with Hagerty

What happens when you build a three-wheeled, wooden-bodied car with a motorcycle engine and an aircraft suspension? Find...
05/26/2020
DriveHistory Profile: 1950 Martin Stationette - Historic Vehicle Association (HVA)

What happens when you build a three-wheeled, wooden-bodied car with a motorcycle engine and an aircraft suspension?

Find out now in our latest DriveHistory Profile on the Martin Stationette! #DriveHistory

When looking at the storied past of the automobile, it’s intriguing to see how we ended up with what we define as a “car” today. Things such as headlights, rear view mirrors, a proper suspension, ergonomics, or any semblance of care towards the safety of passengers didn’t arrive on day one. ...

🇺🇸Happy Memorial Day everyone! 🇺🇸 It's on this special day that we honor those who have lost their lives while serving f...
05/25/2020

🇺🇸Happy Memorial Day everyone! 🇺🇸

It's on this special day that we honor those who have lost their lives while serving for the armed forces of the United States! We owe them a debt of gratitude and remembrance for their selfless acts!

The first generation Lincoln Continentals came from a prototype designed by Bob Gregorie specifically for Edsel Ford. Ed...
05/23/2020

The first generation Lincoln Continentals came from a prototype designed by Bob Gregorie specifically for Edsel Ford. Edsel decided to put the car into limited production after seeing how much attention his one-off car received while vacationing in south Florida.

Sharing many similar aspects to the Lincoln-Zephyr at the time, including body style, engine, and transmission, the Continental was made to create buzz in the "personal luxury car" segment which focused on styling, luxury features, and comfort as opposed to performance and handling.

This 1940 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet is one of only 350 produced for the model year and features hand-hammered body panels as the machine presses for the Continental were not constructed until 1941. #DriveHistory

This 1934 Duesenberg SJ Torpedo Victoria is an elegant example of custom coachbuilt American cars from the 1930s! Where ...
05/21/2020

This 1934 Duesenberg SJ Torpedo Victoria is an elegant example of custom coachbuilt American cars from the 1930s! Where would you want to drive it? #DriveHistory

The 1953 Buick Skylark was created to promote the 50th anniversary of the Buick Motor Company by General Motors. Based o...
05/19/2020

The 1953 Buick Skylark was created to promote the 50th anniversary of the Buick Motor Company by General Motors. Based on the 76R two-door Roadmaster convertible, the Skylark advertised as having "the world's newest V8 engine" twin-turbine dynaflow drive, power steering, and power brakes as standard.

The Skylark was designed to be much sleeker than the Roadmaster with a shorter windshield, lowered windows. a dipped door, and a lower seating position for proper headroom. Although the Skylark weighed over 4000lbs, Buick marketed it as a "sportscar" due to its stylish body-lines and Kelsey-Hayes produced wire wheels.

Only 1,690 '53 Skylarks were ever built and they've become a rare collector's item among Buick enthusiasts, with one such example selling for $495,000 back in 2007. #DriveHistory

From 1961–1965, Chevrolet produced the Greenbrier (aka Corvair 95) as part of their Corvair lineup. The Greenbrier was p...
05/18/2020

From 1961–1965, Chevrolet produced the Greenbrier (aka Corvair 95) as part of their Corvair lineup. The Greenbrier was powered by an air-cooled, horizontally opposed Chevrolet Turbo-Air 6 engine (145 cid) that produced 80hp, until engine size was increased in 1964 (164 cid), increasing the power to 95hp.

Featuring a design similar to Volkswagen's transporter, the Greenbrier could be ordered as either a panel van, a loadside/rampside truck, or a multi-door transport van which could be optioned as a camper. The rarest of these to be built was the Loadside truck with only 3213 built across the 1961-1962 model years.

The example shown here is a passenger van Greenbrier with the single double door option that has 11,600 original miles! #DriveHistory

05/15/2020
Cammack Tucker Exhibit Part 1

Looking for some fun car content for your weekend? Why not take a virtual tour of the world-class Cammack Tucker Exhibit from our friends at the AACA Museum, Inc.! #DriveHistory

AACA Museum Virtual Tour 2020

After its well-received debut in 1958, Chevrolet decided to re-design the Impala in 1959 on their new "X-frame" chassis....
05/14/2020

After its well-received debut in 1958, Chevrolet decided to re-design the Impala in 1959 on their new "X-frame" chassis. Design changes to the Impala included a longer wheelbase, a lower roofline, a wider body, and new sideways protruding tailfins, as opposed to vertical fins used in previous years.

1959 would be the first year of the Impala as its own series, rather than a top of the line option package for the Bel Air. The 1959 Impala came standard with an inline-six, but was able to be optioned up to a 335-hp, 348 cid/5.7L V8! #DriveHistory

05/13/2020
The Fifteen Millionth Ford Model T - Part 4: The End of an Era

With the Model T coming to the end of its production, Ford knew they had to celebrate the monumental impact their vehicle had upon the world. What better way to celebrate than by having one last car built down the assembly line and driven off by the Ford family themselves?

See how this special sendoff of the Model T produced one last hurrah for the vehicle that put America on wheels in the final chapter of our documentary “The Fifteen Millionth Ford Model T: The End of an Era!"

Produced in partnership with Hagerty, The Henry Ford, and Ford Piquette Avenue Plant!

This incredible vehicle, the 1918 Cadillac Type 57 (U.S. 1257X), is one of the only remaining vehicles used by the Unite...
05/12/2020

This incredible vehicle, the 1918 Cadillac Type 57 (U.S. 1257X), is one of the only remaining vehicles used by the United States abroad in WWI and is the only known Cadillac to have participated in the war with a documented service record!

The Cadillac retains many of its original materials, components, craftsmanship and evidence of its service during the war. In 2014, we inducted the car into the National Historic Vehicle Register due to its significant historical value to American history abroad during the period of 1917-1919.

All of us at the HVA would also like to wish a happy birthday to the car's owner, Marc, who's always been a pleasure to work with and happy to share the history of his amazing automobile! #DriveHistory

Which GM concept car is your favorite between the Buick Y-Job, GM LeSabre, and the 1956X Buick Century? #DriveHistory
05/11/2020

Which GM concept car is your favorite between the Buick Y-Job, GM LeSabre, and the 1956X Buick Century? #DriveHistory

In 1958, a federal mandate allowed quad-headlamp vehicles to be sold in all states, which many manufacturers implemented...
05/08/2020

In 1958, a federal mandate allowed quad-headlamp vehicles to be sold in all states, which many manufacturers implemented with a side-by-side design which was famous for the model year.

However, there were a few exceptions of automakers that went a different route with a stacked headlight design which gained notoriety several years after their introduction. This design can be seen on cars such as this 1962 Chrysler 300, as well as Lincoln models in 1958 and Buick models in 1959. #DriveHistory

The 1932 Martin Martinette was another attempt by the Martin Aeroplane Factory to break into the automotive industry. Th...
05/07/2020

The 1932 Martin Martinette was another attempt by the Martin Aeroplane Factory to break into the automotive industry. The Martinette is powered by an inline 4-cylinder American Austin engine that produced 30hp that could push it to a top speed of 60mph! Other features of the car include a tapered, aluminum body over a wood frame, only three wheels, and a single door at the face of the vehicle!

Unfortunately the Martin Aeroplane Factory was unable to attract the interest of financial investors for the Martinette and fell victim to the Great Depression, leaving this Martinette as the sole example to ever be produced. #DriveHistory

Famed NASCAR team owner Richard Childress is letting go of an iconic Dale Earnhardt #3 Monte Carlo from his collection f...
05/07/2020
Childress donates Earnhardt race car for Barrett-Jackson online auction

Famed NASCAR team owner Richard Childress is letting go of an iconic Dale Earnhardt #3 Monte Carlo from his collection for the first time to support COVID-19 relief efforts in the United States!

What do you think this NASCAR icon will sell for? #DriveHistory

NASCAR team owner Richard Childress is donating a Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet race car for the Barrett-Jackson online sale, benefiting COVID-19 relief efforts

05/06/2020
The Fifteen Millionth Ford Model T - Part 3: Unexpected Consequences

How did Henry Ford's innovations with the Model T lead to increased prosperity for the middle class? Find out how in this week's episode "Unexpected Consequences" of our Model T docu-series!

The final episode of the series, "The End of an Era", premieres next Wednesday, May 13th! #DriveHistory

Produced in partnership with Hagerty, The Henry Ford, and Ford Piquette Avenue Plant!

In 1956, the American Motors Corporation was still in its infancy and was faced with a stale lineup of cars. Too counter...
05/05/2020

In 1956, the American Motors Corporation was still in its infancy and was faced with a stale lineup of cars. Too counteract this, AMC created an all-new design that was aimed at being a sales home-run: the 1956 Rambler.

George Romney, AMC's president at the time, stated "A new era in motoring has begun" with the Rambler, as it was one of the earliest forms of the modern compact car to be put into production.

The public's reception to the new Rambler was very positive, with many drivers describing the car as having a small exterior, a roomy interior, easy to park, and easy to operate. It sold 66,573 units in its first model year and helped begin the "compact-car" sales surge in the United States that followed! #DriveHistory

The Oldsmobile "Rocket" 88 was a very popular car in NASCAR during the 1950s, but did you know that it also participated...
05/04/2020

The Oldsmobile "Rocket" 88 was a very popular car in NASCAR during the 1950s, but did you know that it also participated in famous European road races such as the Mille Miglia?

In the mid-1950s, General Motors was attempting to market Oldsmobile as a global brand to increase overseas sales. This lead to the 324 c.i.d./5.3L V-8 powered American machine to race on 1000 miles of twisting roads throughout Italy in 1954!

Where would you want to drive an Olds 88? #DriveHistory

We love this 1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 that we caught last year and how much it stands out amongst other cars on the road...
05/02/2020

We love this 1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 that we caught last year and how much it stands out amongst other cars on the road!

Show us your favorite Mustang picture in the comments below! #DriveHistory

Sharing the same basic design as the all-new 1967 Chevrolet Camaro, the Firebird was the Camaro's "sister car", differen...
05/01/2020

Sharing the same basic design as the all-new 1967 Chevrolet Camaro, the Firebird was the Camaro's "sister car", differentiated by distinctive Pontiac styling cues such as the split front bumper that is integrated into the body.

In 1967, you could option a Firebird with the standard 230 c.i.d. I6, all the way up to a hefty 400 c.i.d. V8! #DriveHistory

"This baby performs like nobody's kid brother."Pontiac introduced "The Judge" variant of their GTO line in 1969. Designe...
04/30/2020

"This baby performs like nobody's kid brother."

Pontiac introduced "The Judge" variant of their GTO line in 1969. Designed to be a stripped-down, more competitive version of the GTO, "The Judge" offered a 366hp, 400cid V8 as standard, Rally II wheels, a Hurst shifter, special decals, wider tires, and a rear spoiler.

Pontiac would go on to sell 77,287 GTOs in total for the 1969 model year with 6,833 of them getting the Judge package. #DriveHistory

The 1928 Martin Aerodynamic was an aerodynamic, four-seater concept car that was well ahead of the competition in terms ...
04/29/2020

The 1928 Martin Aerodynamic was an aerodynamic, four-seater concept car that was well ahead of the competition in terms of streamlining being applied to the automobile at the time.

This retro-futuristic concept features an aluminum body, pontoon-shaped underbody, a tapered rear end, minimal protruding trim, and a rounded front end for as little air resistance as possible. The car is powered by a 4-clinder, water-cooled rear engine that pushed the car to a 107mph top speed and features an airplane-type suspension, allowing it to forgo the use of springs!

The Aerodynamic was vigorously promoted to get Martin off the ground, evening being show at the 1932 National Automobile Show in New York, but sadly Martin’s efforts were not rewarded with success. Martin eventually succumbed to the same fate as many other small manufacturers during the onset of the Great Depression and went out of business before being able to create more Aerodynamics, leaving this as the sole example of a car perhaps too advanced for its time. #DriveHistory

04/29/2020
The Fifteen Millionth Ford Model T - Part 2: Everyone's on the Move | HVA

In Part 2 of our docu-series on the Ford Model T, we take a look at the mechanical aspects of the car that helped make it the massive success it came to be. As the Model T became prominent in North America, it changed the very way people lived their lives, how communities grew, and expanded the freedom of your everyday citizen.

Check back next Wednesday, May 6th, for Part III: Unexpected Consequences! #DriveHistory

This documentary was produced in partnership with Hagerty, The Henry Ford, and Ford Piquette Avenue Plant.

Who's ready for Part II: "Everyone's on the Move" of our Model T Documentary series?? In this part, we focus on the tech...
04/28/2020

Who's ready for Part II: "Everyone's on the Move" of our Model T Documentary series??

In this part, we focus on the technical aspects of the Model T, what made it successful, and how it became the car of the American people!

Part II premieres tomorrow, April 29th, at 11am! #DriveHistory

Happy 427 Day everyone! The 427 was THE engine to have and it powered many of the most competitive comp cars ever built ...
04/27/2020

Happy 427 Day everyone! The 427 was THE engine to have and it powered many of the most competitive comp cars ever built from drag racing, NASCAR, endurance street racing, and many of the most iconic muscle cars throughout the decades!

What's your favorite car with a 427 engine? #DriveHistory

The 1953 Cadillac Eldorado was a very special car for GM, and rare too with only 532 models ever being built. Being GM's...
04/24/2020

The 1953 Cadillac Eldorado was a very special car for GM, and rare too with only 532 models ever being built. Being GM's pinnacle of luxury at the time, the '53 Eldorado cost a pretty penny at $7,750 when new (~$75,000 today) which was more than twice the price of the new Corvette launching that same year.

One particular '53 Model was used by Dwight D. Eisenhower to ride to his Presidential Inauguration. The inauguration Eldorado still exists and has traded hands in private ownership several times over the past few decades.

Roughly ~180 cars still survive to this day, so if you see one, be sure to take a picture! It might be a while until you see another one! #DriveHistory

In 1969, the Indy 500 used a special Camaro RS/SS Convertible wearing dover white with hugger orange stripes and houndst...
04/23/2020

In 1969, the Indy 500 used a special Camaro RS/SS Convertible wearing dover white with hugger orange stripes and houndstooth interior as the official pace car of the race. To capitalize on this, Chevrolet began offering the Z11 package on 1969 Camaros so their customers could have an identical car to the one used to pace one of America's greatest races.

The Z11 option came standard with an SS350 engine, 3-speed manual transmission, a convertible top, spoiler, deluxe seatbelts, rally wheels, a special ducted hood, and door panel graphics to match the pace car that were at the discretion of the owner on whether or not to have them installed. Buyers were able to option up a 396 engine as well as other transmissions, with the 4-speed manual and 3-speed automatic being the most popular.

The Z11 option was rather expensive at the time for the base car ($3700 in 1969) which lead to some dealers having the cars for sit for some time. But, many other buyers were eager to pay the price for a car that stood out as much as this one did and eventually became an iconic livery for the Camaro brand. #DriveHistory

This 1931 Franklin Series 15 Convertible Coupe was an air-cooled car during a time when almost every other car was water...
04/23/2020

This 1931 Franklin Series 15 Convertible Coupe was an air-cooled car during a time when almost every other car was water-cooled. One reason Franklin built their cars as air-cooled was due to the advantage their cars had in the cold and the ability to market their vehicles to buyers who needed an all-weather machine such as doctors.

Despite the fact that their cars did not need a radiator, Franklin was urged by their dealers to design the cars with a "dummy radiator" at the front of the car to match the styling of their competition at the time. This Series 15 Convertible Coupe features the "dummy radiator" and uses the space as an air intake for its 100hp, 274 cid, L-head 6-cylinder engine! #DriveHistory

Car owned by The NB Center for American Automotive Heritage

Happy Earth Day everyone! Today's the day we try to take a little extra care of the place we call home!During the OPEC O...
04/22/2020

Happy Earth Day everyone! Today's the day we try to take a little extra care of the place we call home!

During the OPEC Oil Embargo of the 1970s, one man's attempt at saving the environment came about in the Sebring-Vanguard Citicar. The Citicar's inventor, Bob Beaumont, hoped to sell the car to people who commuted in metropolitan areas, wanted to save money on rising gas prices, and wished to cut down their impact on the environment from driving everyday.

This particular example is an "SV-48" model powered by eight 6V batteries to produce 3.5hp, weighed only ~1,250lbs, and had a top speed of 38-44mph. Approximately 2,100 Citicars were sold before Consumer Reports deemed them "Not Acceptable", which, along with gas prices returning to normal, lead sales to plummet.

This quirky, wedge-shaped car may not have been executed well, but its creator was determined to make electric powertrains the future of automobiles. Unfortunately, Beaumont passed away in 2011 before he could see the resurgence in popularity of electric vehicle today, but we're sure he'd be happy to see it. #DriveHistory #EarthDay

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The Historic Vehicle Association is dedicated to promoting the cultural and historical significance of the automobile and protecting the future of our automotive past. The cars, motorcycles and trucks that we collect and maintain chronicle our past and help us understand who we are, where we have been and where we may be headed. Through the collective efforts of enthusiasts, specialists and professionals, the HVA aims to help ensure that our automotive heritage is more broadly appreciated and carefully preserved for future generations.

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The mission of the Historic Vehicle Association (HVA) is to promote the cultural and historical significance of the automobile and protect the future of our automotive past.

Over the last 125 years the adoption of the automobile has had a profound impact on the development of virtually every aspect of modern culture. The cars, motorcycles and trucks that remain chronicle our past and help us understand who we are, where we have been and where we may be headed. As a society, we have an obligation to preserve these historic vehicles and related artifacts as a lasting record of our progress. Through the collective efforts of enthusiasts, specialists and professionals, the HVA aims to help ensure that our automotive heritage is more broadly appreciated and carefully preserved for future generations.

The HVA is working with the National Park Service’s Heritage Documentation Programs to begin creating a comprehensive record - known as the National Historic Vehicle Register - of our most historically significant vehicles, which will reside in the Library of Congress. This partnership leverages decades of thoughtful consideration of buildings, airplanes and vessels, which now can be applied in a unique way to our automotive world.

The National Historic Vehicle Register will help document historic vehicles as they exist now, preserving their information for future generations. It is by no means a directive as to how these vehicles should be used and maintained, but rather a chance to take inventory of the historically significant vehicles that are of our history or within our care.

With over 400,000 members, the HVA is the world’s largest historic vehicle owners’ organization. The HVA was founded in 2009 through the philanthropic support of Hagerty and became the designated North American representative of FIVA (Fédération International des Véhicules Anciens), the international federation of historic vehicle organizations.

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When was the first red alert light added to the fire truck? I have a 1930 Chevy, which is hard to find pics of. The red light is posted on top of the open cab windshield. I think it would look better on the cowl of the drivers side.. Any ideas? Thanks
75, Park Ave by Buick. rare bird, specially first 37 test or proto type cars. one of each paint code, I have the only known to Sloan Museum and Buick BCA, to be one of one paint (skylark red) , and only one of the proto type cars known. , full load options,was the only way the cars came to dealers, best in standings at Buick. The car was to be a dealer floor, show pc. at $9800+, car did not sell. Bucket seat bothered Buick buyers too. car is cancelled, then revived, summer 74. first order sheet was full no options delete. , 2nd order sheet came out early fall , offered options to delete as radio heat, periscope signals, std clock. etc. This brought price down some to buyers. But to dismay of Buick buyers hated bucket seats. so March 3 , 1975, the 60/40 seat was offered, 503 were built. Sedan DeVille was 7700$ so buyers passed over the Park Ave of 75-76 . 76 sold more due to deletes, but full load cars like SHAG carpet were fun to see. I have pics here, rare car, 1 of 1 of 37, in a color never offered to Electra or Park Ave body, Riviera had this car as an option. as well as Apollo/skylark , and skyhawk. Pete from Buick Buick did a full article on the car when it was found. By the way is a Picker find. farm in Iowa. field. craig geske 27925 BCA , have rare skyhawk/ROADHAWK TOO. fouhd at salvage yard, rescued. one of 12-15 runners and there are about 12 parts cars known, rare Buicks ,,,,,some reason pics wont load
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Awesome machine of timeless beauty.
My 1938 Chevy
My 1938 Chevy
Here is some history for you! Serial number 2, lost in a poker game by the son of the company owner to Sheriff Pat Garrett, the lawman that shot Billy the Kid!
I have two rare cars that i have posted on some sites but can't remember if they were posted here. This one is my 1916 Jeffery 7 pass. touring. It's got a whole bunch of history. Jeffery started out as a bicycle named Rambler. His son renamed the company in 1914 in honor of his past father. He built Jeffery's from 1914-1916 when Nash purchased the company. The other car is a 1925 Rollin that i might post later.