Step back in time to see elegant automobiles of the country-estate era. Enjoy a series of displays of magnificent historic automobiles on select Saturdays in May. Each Saturday will feature a different thematic display. Weather permitting. Members free. Included with admission.


Why are these historic automobiles at Winterthur?

From 1916 to 1969, hundreds of guests came to Winterthur for glittering social occasions hosted by Henry Francis and Ruth Wales du Pont. During the heyday of this estate, guests arrived in a wide variety of fine automobiles that reflected the latest design. H. F. and Ruth du Pont’s personal vehicles, however, were not so varied. With the DuPont Company owning considerable stock in General Motors, H. F. du Pont purchased only General Motors vehicles. Those included 33 Cadillacs, 5 Buicks, 1 LaSalle, and 1 Oldsmobile. In 1959, at the suggestion of his English chauffeur, du Pont acquired a Rolls-Royce. Before his death in 1969, two more were added to his collection.

Come enjoy this display of elegant automobiles of the country estate era. Each Saturday will feature a different thematic display.

Hood ornament, 1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Ascot Tourer with body by Brewster & Co.

Historic Autos Display

May 9
“Classic General Motors in the 'Duco' era—A New World of Color, 1924–48"

May 16
"Historic Automobiles—Trends in Preservation”

May 23
"In Grand Style: Rolls Royce and Bentley”

May 30
“Cars and Colors: 1950–61"


Historic Autos Lectures

On select Saturdays in May, there will be lectures associated with the historic auto displays. Please visit the lectures Web page for more information.

 Historic Autos Family Activity Sheet

Print your own from the link below, or pick up a copy at the Visitor Center before visiting the display. Historic Autos Activity sheet.pdf

*Photo at top: Chrysler Imperial “180.” From The Automobile Salon (souvenir catalogue), New York, 1927, p. 81. Winterthur Library.

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