Throughout September, classic cars will be on display on the National Mall in Washington D.C. as part of the annual Cars on the Capital event put on by the Hagerty Drivers Foundation.
From 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. ET each Saturday this month a free exhibit will be open to the public featuring the 27th to 30th vehicles added to the National Historic Vehicle Register.
Each of the models will be displayed within an illuminated glass case. There is no fee to view the cars.
Kicking off the event is a 1981 De Lorean DMC-12, one of the models that was used in the “Back to the Future” movie. The model is currently owned by Universal Studios and has undergone a thorough restoration. When not in D.C. the vehicle is on permanent loan to the Peterson Museum. It will be on display through September 9.
From September 10th through 16th, a 1970 Dodge Challenger RT S/E takes center stage. The car was originally ordered in 1969 by 27-year-old, combat veteran, Purple Heart recipient and Detroit Police Officer Godfrey Qualls. Today the car has just 45,000 miles on the odometer and will be exhibited in unrestored condition.
The following week, From September 17th through 23rd, the first Duesenberg ever sold, a 1921 Duesenberg Straight Eight nicknamed “Castle Dusenberg” will be on display. Samuel Northup Castle, an automobile enthusiast, ordered the car in 1919 and took delivery in 1921. The model’s chassis was built by Duesenberg in Indianapolis while its body was crafted by Bender Body Co. of Cleveland, Ohio, to Castle’s specifications.
At the end of the month, a 1979 Lamborghini Countach LP400 S from “The Cannonball Run” will find its place on the Mall. The supercar, which was largely responsible for introducing the model to the public, has been completely restored.
Other members of the National Historic Vehicle Register include the 1984 Plymouth Voyager, 1968 Ford Mustang, 1964 Chevrolet Impala, 1927 Ford Model T, 1962 Willys CJ-6 and a 1940 GM Futureliner.
Visitors can find the cars on the National Mall on the hardscape between the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum and the National Gallery of Art.
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