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  • 1860s Train Passenger Coach Replica Used by Henry Ford and Thomas Edison

    Guests to Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation will recognize this prominent artifact: our Bangor & Aroostook Railroad Passenger Coach Replica. But did you know that this railcar has a special connection to our 90th anniversary? Learn more from our Curator of Transportation Matt Anderson.


  • A Tribute to Dan Gurney

    The Henry Ford pays tribute to racing legend Dan Gurney with the Edison-Ford Medal for his ingenuity and lifetime of innovative achievements. In addition to a number of memorable wins in a variety of racing categories, Gurney established himself not only as one of racing’s most successful drivers...

  • How the 1965 Lotus-Ford Racecar Revolutionized the Indy 500

    The 1965 Lotus-Ford is one of the seminal cars in American racing history. In 1965 Scotsman Jim Clark drove this car to victory in the Indianapolis 500. A few years earlier, legendary road racer Dan Gurney concluded that the proper application of European Formula One technology could capture the ...

  • Goldenrod Race Car 1965 Land Speed Record Setter

    In 1965 at the Bonneville Salt Flats, brothers Bill and Bob Summers set a new land speed record for a wheel-driven automobile – 409.277 miles per hour – with Goldenrod, a bullet of a car powered by four Chrysler Hemi V-8 engines producing 600 horsepower each. Goldenrod simultaneously represented ...

  • Keeping Warm Behind the Wheel

  • How Salt Walther's Indy 500 Crash Led to Innovations in Racing Safety

    Driver Salt Walther suffered serious injuries in a crash at the 1973 Indianapolis 500. He recovered and returned to race the next year.

    The remains of Walther's McLaren race car are a reminder of the importance of safety in racing. Walther's survival can be partly attributed to past safety inno...

  • Getting a '60s Era Concept Car in Running Condition

    Our conservation team is hard at work with our Budd XR-400 Concept Car.

    The Budd XR-400 Concept Car has been in artifact storage for 10 years, and conservator Cuong Nguyen shows us what it takes to get it back in running condition and other necessary conservation maintenance practices.

    The Budd...

  • Test Driving the First Mustang

    It's an old auto industry cliche -- "you can't sell a young man an old man's car, but you can sell an old man a young man's car." It's also true. The sporty Mustang was a young man's -- and woman's -- car. The under-30 crowd loved it. But older people also bought them, often as a second car. The ...

  • The 1967 Ford Mark IV: Legend of Le Mans

    Few auto racing efforts were as ambitious as Ford’s quest to beat Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the world’s most important sports car race, in the 1960s. Ford’s dedication paid off, first in 1966 when GT40s finished 1-2-3 at the French endurance race, and then again in 1967 with an all-Amer...

  • Test Driving Ford's 1953 Indy 500 Pace Car

    Ford supplied the pace car in 1953 – a special Sunliner convertible. Ride along in it with us in this video. Join curator Matt Anderson for this fun ride into history!

  • How to Operate a Steam Locomotive

    A step-by-step video on how to fire up a coal-burning steam locomotive. Railroad Mechanic Jacob Malbouef takes you inside the cab of the 1897 Baldwin for an up-close look at what it takes to make a trip around the Weiser Railroad.

    This locomotive pulled passenger trains on the Detroit & Lima Nor...