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Appreciate The History Of Vintage Automobiles With The Stahls Automotive Foundation

By Elisha Neubauer

In Chesterfield, Michigan, they're celebrating their heritage in style.

As soon as you walk through the doors of The Stahls Automotive Foundation, you'll be submerged into a world of history, celebrating a time when cars were more than just a way to get around. From the moment you enter the building, you will be surrounded by an impressive collection of vintage cars and vehicles, old road signs, antique gas pumps and oil cans, and a smattering of other classic car memorabilia.

The foundation was created to preserve history and to educate the youth of today on the contribution these vintage cars had to the foundation and development of today's automotive industry.

"We are a very different kind of museum," Terri Coppens, General Manager, said.

Coppens explained that the museum has a much more hands-on feel than your average classic car display. They understand that for people to truly understand and appreciate the beauty of these vehicles that they need to be able to get up close and personal.

"You can actually look inside the cars by leaning on the towels we have draped over the doors," Coppens said. "You can also ask our docents to open doors and hoods."

The museum even offers a handful of cars for guests to get in and pose for photo-ops. As you peruse the collection of vintage displays, you're even likely to hear the roar of an engine as employees often start up a few of these beauties for guests to accurately picture how these vehicles operated when on the road.

"We are a multi-sensory experience," Coppens said. "I personally love the stories the vintage cars have, whether it's a story we have to tell, or one our visitors share with us about their own personal memories."

The foundation has collected a stunning assortment of vintage cars from the 1800s to mid-1900s. While they do display a selection of Ford, Chrysler, Chevrolet, Packard, and Duesenberg, the museum places a heavier focus on the now-lesser-known models as a way of keeping their history alive.

"We also have a variety of automated musical instruments, including a 1920s Mortier dance hall organ that we will actually play for you," Coppens said.

The most important factor about the selection of displays featured within the walls of The Stahls Automotive Foundation is that each and every car depicts special creativity and imagination in both engineering and design. Each vehicle was selected based on the engineering achievements which made it an integral part of the evolution of the automobile.

"We were created to build an appreciation for history," Coppens said.

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