We moved around mostly via horse-drawn carriage not so long ago.
Travel could be difficult and unreliable. People couldn’t go very far all that quickly. Then came the automobile.
Suddenly, people could travel faster and farther. Innovation over the last 100 years — from adding an electric start to hybrid vehicles — has continued to change the way we travel. Studebaker National Museum is showing off that transformation with its latest exhibit: “10 Cars that Changed the World.”
Sneak peek at the exhibit
Displayed on the second floor, “10 Cars that Changed the World” is a tour in automotive progress. When you walk toward the exhibit, look to your left. Hanging on the wall are vintage advertisements for some of the cars on display. They’re a unique window into what made each car marketable at the time of their production.
Then walk over to the 1901 Oldsmobile Runabout. It was world’s first mass-produced vehicle and helped legitimize the automobile as a practical form of transportation.
Yes, there’s a Ford Model T. It’s the car that first defined affordability and accessibility. There’s also a hulking 1912 Cadillac Model 30, the first car with an electric start.
Make your way to the rugged, olive green 1943 Ford GPW. You’ll recognize it as a World War II-era Jeep. Your eye is going to be drawn to an orange 1966 Ford Mustang, one of America’s iconic muscle cars.
This exhibit also offers a dash of the unexpected. Included is a 1984 Dodge Caravan, complete with the faux-wood paneling on the side. Minivans changed forever the way families travel. They’ve since morphed into a category of their own. It all started with the Caravan.
Those are just a few examples of what you can see in the 10 Cars that Changed the World exhibit, which runs until Jan. 6, 2019. Start planning your visit to see this can’t-miss attraction!
Insider tip: Located on the same grounds as the Studebaker Museum, don’t forget to stop at The History Museum during your visit. The Tiffany exhibit runs all summer. It merges history with fine art by Louis Comfort Tiffany. He specialized in stunning lamp shades and stained-glass windows.