Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles

What’s New

Temporarily Closed

Due to a major construction project that will greatly improve and enhance your experience here at The Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles, we will be temporarily closing! The project will close us down beginning tomorrow, February 17th, for approximately 6-7 weeks. We will get the word out to you when we plan to re-open so you may come in and enjoy the new look of our collection. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you! Please check our website and Facebook page for updates. We are excited to share our positive changes with you! Thank you!

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Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles’ Cultural Pass
Your Ticket to Pennsylvania’s Transportation History

The Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles is pleased to introduce a brand-new program! We are now offering Cultural Passes at local Libraries! This program offers a Cultural Pass to our Museum that can be checked out at participating Libraries. You simply go to your library of choice, check out our pass as you would a book, and come see our beautiful collection. It’s that simple!

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Please contact your Library of choice to get more information.
Libraries that would like more information on this program may contact Autumn Shaner at; autumn@boyertownmuseum.org

Current Participating Libraries:

  • Pottstown Regional Public Library
  • William Jeanes Memorial Library; Nicholas and Athena Karabots Center for Learning
  • Tredyffrin Public Library
  • Lower Macungie Library

The Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles is happy to announce we have a new product for sale! We are now offering 2017 calendars!! $6 plus tax!! All the proceeds benefit the Museum’s collection and exhibits! All the photos are of our beautiful vehicles!

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DSCN1736The Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles is pleased to announce the newest addition to its fine collection of Pennsylvania-built automobiles—a 1915 Pullman Speedster.  This fine automobile is actually a reconstruction of a 1914 Gentleman’s Roadster or Speedster built by a noted historian and Pullman restorer.  Using original specifications from the Pullman Motor Car Company, the body was meticulously constructed and mounted on a 1915 Pullman chassis.  The car is in beautiful condition and is ready to drive.

 

The York Motor Car Company was founded in York, Pennsylvania by Albert Broomell and Samuel Baily in 1905,  just two years after the first car they built turned out to be a miserable failure—the Pullman Six-Wheeler.  After building what is to believed only two examples of the Six-Wheeler, Broomell and Baily went back to the drawing board and scrapped their original design in favor of large, 4-cylinder, 40 horsepower automobiles.  These luxury cars were marketed as Pullmans, likely in an attempt to evoke the high-society connotations of Pullman rail cars, although the two companies were not related.  Pullmans soon became known for their quality, and they skyrocketed to fame thanks to a win at the 1910 Fairmont Park Road Race, as well as three gold medals at the Russian Exposition Rost on Don in 1911.  This was quite a feat, particularly for an American-made automobile.  Their fame led to increased sales, and, unfortunately, a subsequent drop in quality in order to meet demand.

 

In 1915, facing numerous financial difficulties, the Pullman Motor Car Company (it had changed its name from York Motor Car Company in 1909 in order to capitalize on its name brand reputation) introduced the Junior line—a smaller, more economic version of its luxury autos in order to compete with such makers as Chevrolet.  This last attempt to salvage the company was not enough, however, and in 1917 the company was disbanded.  It is estimated 20,000 Pullmans were built in the twelve years the company operated.  The Pullman now on display at the Boyertown Museum is a beautiful auto and a wonderful representation of the Pullman Motor Car Company and its history in the York, Pennsylvania area.

The Jeremiah Sweinhart Carriage Factory is now open!

The Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles proudly presents a dynamic exhibit of the reconstructed blacksmith forge and early belt driven machine shop of the Jeremiah Sweinhart Carriage Factory, along with a display of buggies and wagons built right here in the Carriage Works.

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