Dan Reiter
November 16, 2011

The AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania, headquarters to the Antique Automobile Club of America, has long had featured displays about special segments of American automotive production. Past displays include everything from woodies, to micro cars, to "cars of the stars," busses, and more. These displays are part of the museum's purpose to preserve and display the history of the American automotive heritage.

In the fall of 2010, a national-level Shelby convention held it's car show on the lawn of the museum, and the idea was born for the museum to have a display featuring the cars of Carroll Shelby. All years, varieties, and types were to be displayed. While the car show was going on, the curators looked at the cars, and selected many from the show they wished to display. Most owners were happy to oblige, so the bulk of the Shelby vehicles on display were cars local to the museum, and most have never been in a museum before. Thus the display, which ran this year from February to April, was very fresh when it came to content.

The crux of the display is to provide a chronological history of all Shelby production from the beginning to the present, and feature all the varieties. Not on display at the time of this article was written were a Series-1, and a Dragonsnake 289 Cobra, since added. The central feature is a curving wall with various ads, documents, posters, and other information providing a timeline of all the cars, racing, and special projects.

The display is separated into four main areas, starting with the California years (1962-1967), the Dearborn cars (1968-1970, and 2006 to present), the Shelby race cars on the curved display, and a feature unique to this exhibit, a representation of the Chrysler Shelby vehicles, manufactured in the mid 1980s. In all, between 18-20 vehicles were on display, telling the Shelby story. Today, though, the Shelby story begins and ends with Ford power.

The crux of the display is to provide a chronological history of all Shelby production from the beginning to the present, and feature all the varieties. The central feature is a curving wall with various ads, documents, posters, and other information providing a timeline of all the cars, racing, and special projects.

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