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Winterthur Invitational


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:


May 6: The Evolution of the Automobile Industry in Springfield, Massachusetts

May 13: Country Estate Automobiles: A Statement in Elegance (1910s–1949)

May 20: Automobiles of the Roaring 20s: Modernity and Mass Production

May 27: Cars of the 1950s: Winterthur Museum Opens to the Motoring Public


Historic Autos Lectures

On select Saturdays in May, there will be lectures associated with the historic auto displays. Keep checking the web site for updated information.

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