ATTENTION Former Boyertown Auto Body Works Employees!
The Museum is starting to plan a reunion for all former BABW Employees in 2018, and we need contact information for these employees. If you, or someone you know, worked at the BABW, please email Autumn at: firstname.lastname@example.org or Kendra at: email@example.com. If a member of your family worked at the Body Works, but does not have email, please have them call the Museum at 610-367-2090. Thank you!
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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The Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles is happy to announce we will have 2018 calendars available for purchase by September 1st! $9 plus tax!! All the proceeds benefit the Museum’s collection and exhibits! All the photos are of our beautiful vehicles!
The 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.
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Chevy Vega Exhibit on Display at the Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles
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