Every year the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, Mass., holds more than two dozen lawn events, and a few days ago we were able attend one of its most popular annual events , American Car Day. The museum opens its grounds to lawn events arranged by themes like make or country of origin, and every year thousands of classic-car fans from all over New England make the trip to the Boston-area museum, the home of America’s oldest car collection.
This year’s American Car Day enjoyed a solid turnout, with dozens of cars lining the lawn. The cars that made the trip to the museum this year were from all eras, starting with early pre-war examples and ending with late-model muscle cars. American Car Day is perhaps in the top five best attended lawn events at the museum, so we weren’t surprised to see cars from all over the region. Even though the field of cars was above average, compared with previous years, the number of cars is perhaps a fraction of how many we’ll see at Tutto Italiano, the museum’s annual Italian Car Day, in a just a couple weeks. But for now, let’s take a look at some of the highlights from last weekend’s event.
Classic America station wagons have been gaining interest among collectors.
Here’s something you don’t see every day: a 1968 Buick Sport Wagon. We saw a very similar one at the 2009 Hemmings New England Concours in Stratton, Vt., also with Vermont plates, so we’re not discounting the possibility that this may be the same car. After all, how many Buick Sport Wagons in this color can there possibly be in Vermont? This example is owned by Kevin and Christine Dewyeam, and features the 400 Big Block engine underhood.
A rare sight at any car show, a Rambler American two-door sedan.
A rare sight even at classic-car shows, here’s a Rambler American sedan by Nash. This two-door sedan was available for a short time even by Nash standards. This one, owned by Ross Sealund, appeared to be in great shape inside and out.
From back when fullsize cars had a bigger footprint than today’s SUVs.
This Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham took up more lawn space than several other cars put together. This example is from 1972 and has a bigger interior than some studio apartments we have seen. It’s probably nicer too. With a logo redesign looming for Cadillac, we’re hoping the crest will stay approximately the same size as on this Fleetwood.
A spectacular Cord 812 Sport Phaeton from 1937.
Now here’s something special: a 1937 Cord 812 Sport Phaeton, owned by Keith Carlson. This one attracted quite a bit of attention from the crowds. This spectacular vintage Cord features a supercharged V8 engine.
Here’s a nice Cadillac Sedan deVille, a car we don’t see very often.
Another large sedan, this 1963 Cadillac Sedan de Ville is owned by Joe and Diane Lane. This example had only 29,000 miles on the clock, and definitely looked the part.
This Buick was in great condition.
One of the few cars from the 1980s was this Buick LeSabre from 1985, seemingly in showroom condition. This example is owned by Bob Lawrence, and we couldn’t recall the last time when we saw one of these in such nicely kept shape.
A nicely kept Chevrolet Camaro from the 1990s.
Here is a Chevrolet Camaro from the 1990s. We were wondering where all of these went. It’s always nice to see an example that hasn’t been thrashed within an inch of its life.
So that’s it for American Car Day for this year. Click here to see a schedule of all lawn events at the museum. Next Sunday’s event is Triumph Day, which falls on the same day as Misselwood Concours d’Elegance just an hour north in Beverly, Mass.