Henry Ford Museum’s New Exhibit Offers Peek Under the Hoods of Iconic Vehicles


The opportunity to look under the hoods of more than 50 rare and vintage vehicles will be offered at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn beginning Saturday.

“Usually we show the hoods closed, but with the auto show in town, there’s a lot of interest from folks not only here in the metro area but folks coming from out of state and from out of country to see more of the details of these vehicles,” says Matt Anderson, curator of transportation at The Henry Ford.

Anderson says many vehicles inside the Driving America exhibit will have their hoods popped, including a first-time look at the 1896 Ford Quadricycle, the 1932 Ford V8, the 1937 Cord 812, as well as the 1962 Ford Mustang I, a concept car that has a four-cylinder engine imported from Germany.

“We’re (also) going to do our Bugatti Royale, the big Type 41 car, that’s the rarest car we have in the museum,” Anderson says. “Only six were ever built. People love seeing that big, straight eight-cylinder engine.”

Other cars include a 1916 Woods Coupe with a dual power hybrid engine and the engine of a 1965 Goldenrod.

Throughout the duration of the Engines Exposed exhibit, which runs through Feb. 28, there will be three special presentations at the Driving America’s Car Court everyday. Topics change daily and may include everything from engine basics to an in-depth look at one or two cars. There will also be nearly 20 digital kiosks throughout Driving America that offer descriptions of the engines.

Admission to Engines Exposed is free with membership or $21 for adults and $16 for children. 

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