The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum has opened a new display, “Indiana Automobiles: Precision Over Production,” a celebration of legendary Hoosier-built automobiles with names such as Stutz, Duesenberg, Studebaker and Marmon. More than 35 historic, Indiana-built passenger cars are part of the exhibit, some of which will be making their first appearance on display.
Among the vehicles in the display are: a Columbus-built 1896 Reeves Motocycle, one of the first gasoline-propelled vehicles in the United States, and the only one of its kind still in existence; an Indianapolis-built 1899 Waverly, one of the first electric cars; and a 1927 Duesenberg Model A that was the personal car of the luxury carmaker’s co-founder, Augie Duesenberg.
In addition to the Hoosier-built passenger cars, a number of the most famous Indiana-built racecars will be shown, including Speedway founder Carl Fisher’s 1905 Premier, and the legendary Marmon Wasp that carried Ray Harroun to victory in the first Indianapolis 500.
Also appearing in the exhibit are the 1912 National, which for 99 years held the record for shortest distance led by an Indianapolis 500-winning car, as well as a tribute to legendary Hall of Fame driver Frank Lockhart. The exhibit will run until March 26, 2017. For a complete listing of the cars and other information, please visit www.indyracingmuseum.org