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A Quick Trip Through the Henry Ford Museum in Detroit
Take your blinders off, this is not a died-in-the-blue museum. The Henry Ford is one of the nation's most respected automotive museums, curating some of the rarest and most iconic planes, trains*, and automobiles -- plus, steam engines! Not only is the variety un-ending, with Studebakers, Chevrolets, Pontiacs, Buicks, Packards, and more blending it with Ford's most important steps in their own path through automotive history, but themuseum chronicles automotive history from the horse-and-buggy days through the thrash for fuel supremacy (electric, steam, or gasoline) at the start of the century, through the roaring '20s as buggies became grandiose cocoons, and beyond the post-war boom of high-style and high-performance American machines.
The Summers Brothers' four-Hemi Goldenrod Salt Flats racer, featured on the cover of our January '66 isssue, is even present among other legends in motorsports, like Bobby Unser's Pikes Peak rocket (with the F-100 tow rig!) and the Le Mans-winning GTE Ford GT supercar.
Henry Ford himself was more than just an automotive man, as his revolutionary assembly line processes arguably did more for the world that the Model-T ever did --with the industrial revolution establishing a complete world-shift in production, Mr. Ford was incestant about finding the absolute most efficient way to do almost anything, even if that obsession often led to disagreements with other teams who may have the "wrong" solution ready for him (his engineers had to convince him to allow a water pump in the design of the original Flathead V8.)
Not only is Mr. Ford's early-century mechanical mania present, but The Henry Ford also delves into the history of American pop-culture, automobilia, and more. This is a place we could get lost in all day, but we'll get you lost instead with this gallery of 100+ machines from The Henry Ford Museum.
*Sadly, we ran out of time and had to just run past the trains with broken hearts. This will be rectified one day.