Stahls vehicle enters National Register of Historic Vehicles – Macomb Daily

The Stahls Automotive Foundation can now count a car registered as a National Historic Vehicle among its museum of cruising classics.

The nonprofit Chesterfield Township recently showcased their 1963 Chrysler Turbine vehicle at the Cars at the Capital 2022 event, hosted by the Hagerty Driver’s Foundation, in Washington, D.C.

“We were asked because ours is one of five Turbine cars running,” said Terri Coppens, general manager of Stahls.

The exhibit featured vehicles recently added to the National Register of Historic Vehicles in lighted glass enclosures.

“The showcase is a display that was created specifically for the cars in the registry,” Coppens said. “As each is inducted, it gets to be displayed on its own. The glass box protects it from the weather and also from anyone who touches it. There is security around the box 24/7. 7.

The Stahls Automotive Foundation is a non-profit organization that preserves, restores and displays antique vehicles, music machines and 20th century memorabilia. It is located at 56516 N. Bay Drive in Chesterfield Township.

On April 29, 2021, the museum unveiled the 1963 Chrysler Turbine to the public. The first public display of the vehicle was on May 1, 2021.

In 2021, Coppens declined to disclose the purchase price, but said the vehicle was purchased from Hyman LTD in St. Louis, Missouri.

The car is equipped with a turbine engine. It is a two-door four-passenger hardtop, sporting the Turbine Bronze color inside and out. The car was originally intended to be the first turbine-powered production vehicle, but only 55 cars in total were built. Today, only nine of the vehicles still exist, and even fewer still work.

Cars at the Capital 2022 took place September 2-11 in Washington, DC, on the National Mall between the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and the National Gallery of Art. The event was free and open to the public. Cars from the National Register of Historic Vehicles were featured for one week at a time during the event.

“The National Register of Historic Vehicles was created to preserve the history of significant automobiles from the Library of Congress,” Coppens said.

The 1952 Hudson Hornet flown by Herb Thomas was on display September 2-6. The 1963 Chrysler Turbine Car was shown September 7-11. On September 3 and 10, the Hagerty Drivers Foundation hosted Cars at the Capital Family Festival Day, providing a variety of free family activities for the public.

“There’s only one car at a time, so it’s not a show in the normal sense of the word,” Coppens said. “I don’t know how often a car is chosen, but I know ours is number 32 to add.”

The 1963 Chrysler Turbine was shipped to Washington, DC by Reliable Carriers, overseen by Stahls mechanic Seamus Hnat. The car returned to the museum in time for the Stahls Automotive Foundation Autos for Autism on September 15.

Nicole Tuttle is a freelance journalist for MediaNews Group.

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