Believed to be the world’s largest antique automotive flea market, the annual Hershey event brings cars, parts and collectors from all over to buy, sell and show.
1958 Chevrolet Impala
Here's Your Sign
1964 Chevrolet Impala SS Convertible
1921 Fautless Raceabout
1978 Plymouth Volare
1923 Briggs & Stratton Flyer
1958 Lincoln Premier
1935 Ford Spyder
1931 Ford Ice Cream Truck
Not for playing!
You want parts? We got parts!
1959 Autobianchi Bianchina
1923 O’Connell Super Truck
1907 White Runabout
1907 White Runabout
1958 BMW Isetta 300
1959 Plymouth Belvedere
1985 Harley-Davidson Trihawk
- 1958 Packard
- 1958 Chevrolet...
- Here's Your Sign
- 1964 Chevrolet...
- 1921 Fautless...
- 1988 Toyota
- 1978 Plymouth Volare
- 1914 Cadillac
- 1923 Briggs &...
- 1958 Lincoln Premier
- 1930 Chevrolet
- 1935 Ford Spyder
- 1939 Hupmobile
- 1949 Studebaker
- Canadian, eh?
- 1931 Ford Ice...
- Not for playing!
- You want parts?...
- 1947 Cadillac
- 1934 Dodge
- 1959 Autobianchi...
- 1923 O’Connell...
- 1907 White Runabout
- 1907 White Runabout
- 1958 BMW Isetta 300
- 1948 Chrysler
- 1930 Buick
- 1959 Plymouth...
The whole world comes to Hershey, Pennsylvania each October, or at least it seems like it. Believed to be the world’s largest antique automotive flea market, the event brings cars, parts and collectors from all over to buy, sell and show. Here are our highlights from the 2015 edition.
Not every one of this luxury brand’s models were beautiful! As times got tougher for American independent automakers, Packard joined forces with Studebaker in 1954. It didn’t end well. In this, Packard’s final year, it was just a Studebaker with different trim. You could have this one for $52,900.
But Chevy still looked good for 1958. You could tell the higher-priced Impala from the cheaper trim levels, because it had three rear lights instead of just one or two. This one wasn’t for sale, but the 1958 has become a popular and pricey model.
Cadillac fans with lots of room, and even more money, could take home a souvenir of Shamokin, Pennsylvania. Dating from approximately the 1950s or 1960s, and in like-new condition, it was priced at $11,500.
Restoration isn’t cheap, and this ragtop was a perfect example. Carrying a 327-cid V8 engine with automatic transmission, power steering, power brakes, and a power-operated top, and restored to concours condition (as the sign said, and it sure looked like it was), it could be yours for $45,900.
And then there’s something in need of restoration. This Faultless—or what’s left of it—appears to be a kit that Model T owners could buy back in the day to turn their cars into race-style roadsters. It’s certainly a rare model, which explains why its owner wanted $48,500 for it.
Who needs a log cabin, when you can take yours wherever you want to go? Splinters not included, this camper could be yours for $19,999. The seller claimed it had travelled 88,000 miles in its lifetime so far.
I originally thought this was an odd little tribute to Richard Petty that someone cobbled together at home, but it turns out it’s the real deal. Chrysler made 247 of these at the factory, with a 360-cid V8 engine under that blue hood. Fully restored, it was marked at $25,900.
Hey, everybody needs to stop at the drive-in every now and again. A 1914 Cadillac racer parks beside a Big Boy who’s missing the hamburger he held outside the company’s restaurants.
For a while, a few companies made cyclecars. Some were small, lightweight vehicles that looked like real cars, but the Flyer and the similar Auto Red Bug were buckboards. They rode and drove about as well as you’d expect and didn’t last all that long. When it was new, this one was about $150. Today these buckboards have a small but very loyal following, and this one, unrestored and missing some pieces, was marked at $11,750. Yes, really.
Also in the “needs some work” category was this 1958 Lincoln. It was advertised as a “barn find,” meaning a car that was parked in a garage years ago and recently unearthed. Well-rusted, this one would need a lot of tender loving care, and you could expect to spend considerably more than its $6,200 price tag to put it back together.
Here’s another one that would take a considerable amount of time and money to finish, although it would be one very nice little roadster once it was done. It started the week at $8,500, but had been marked down to $7,500 by the time I walked by it.
And then there were cars that had been treated to a full restoration, including this Ford. It had originally received its unique body from Italian coachwork firm Carrozzeria Viotti. Shown by Dragone Classic Motorcars of Connecticut, it will be offered at auction later this year and is expected to bring between $475,000 and $600,000.
You see a lot of independent makes at Hershey, often called “orphan cars” by enthusiasts. Hupmobile made vehicles from 1908 to 1940 in Detroit and Cleveland. This six-cylinder sedan was marked at $14,500.
Because the rear window’s shape and angle so closely matched that of the windshield, the joke about Studebaker’s new styling was that you “couldn’t tell if it was coming or going.” It would take $12,500 for this Starlight coupe to find a new owner.
This is a rare piece for several reasons, and not just because it’s in great shape for being at least 90 years old. The Dort was built in Michigan from 1915 to 1924, but it was also assembled by a company in Ontario, which added a few Canadian-specific trim parts and called it the Gray-Dort. It sold more copies in Canada than the Dort did in the U.S., and for a while, more Canadians bought Gray-Dort than they did Chevrolet. The sign was marked at $3,500.
This gorgeous truck was initially found in pieces in a barn. Ford made the truck itself, and then aftermarket companies would add these types of specialized bodies. It took as much carpentry skill as automotive to restore, since both the truck’s frame and many of the box’s panels are made of wood. Dry ice was used to keep the ice cream frozen. Good “Humors” is correct: the company used that for a short period, since “humors” meant your mood, and ice cream made it good!
Toys are big business at Hershey, especially vintage tin ones. Turn a key on this truck’s passenger side, and its bucket moves up and down. Asking price was $185.
The Internet has made restoring a vehicle easier, allowing owners to type and click to find rare parts, rather than walk the shows hoping to find someone offering them. But there are still thousands of items on sale here, including these assorted fuel pumps, lights and horns.
You and six of your friends could ride in style in this seven-passenger limousine. All it takes is $59,500 and you’re set.
There certainly is something about the stance and styling of a 1930s car, and this 1934 Dodge coupe is a beauty. Brothers John and Horace Dodge started their company in 1914, and following their deaths, it was sold to Walter Chrysler in 1928.
The owner of this tiny drop-top had originally bought it as-is and didn’t know much about it, so I hit the books. Milan-based Bianchi started in 1899 making motorized three-wheelers and eventually built large luxury cars. It received funding from Fiat and Pirelli following the Second World War and began building Fiat-based cars, including this one, which started with a two-cylinder Fiat 500. It was marked at $69,000, which seemed sky-high despite its rarity and excellent condition.
There’s a huge car show at Hershey on Saturday, and it includes some of the rarest stuff, including trucks. Built in Illinois, this 3.5-ton truck uses a four-cylinder engine making 29 horsepower, and originally cost $4,100. What’s really neat is that the steering column comes straight up out of the floor and the seat pivots around it, so it can be driven in either direction with the driver looking ahead.
Although many owners trailer their old cars in as far as they can, everything has to drive down a short road and get into the show field under its own steam, and in some cases, that’s literally so. Mitchell Gross opens the valves in preparation for shutting down his White. Steam and electric cars were fairly popular in their day, but the 1912 introduction of the gasoline self-starter, which eliminated cranking, marked the end of complicated steam cars and range-restricted electrics.
When cars started to become viable around the turn of the 20th century, everyone wanted a piece of the action. If you manufactured one mechanical device, why not try your hand at another? White initially made sewing machines and was still in that business when it produced this car in 1907. Although it stopped making cars in 1918, its heavy truck division lasted until 1980, when it was sold to Volvo.
Hard to believe, but this is the car that saved BMW. There wasn’t much of a market for its large luxury models in war-torn Germany after 1945, and it survived by building licensed versions of this tiny Italian-based model. The entire front of the car is the single door.
Chrysler’s Town & Country is a minivan today, but from 1946 to 1948, the name went on a series of sedans, station wagons and convertibles that featured wood and metal bodies. This convertible originally cost $3,420, a considerable jump from 1946 when it was introduced at $2,743. Over three years, Chrysler built 8,368 copies of the convertible version.
Talk about style! The new models were already well into development when the Great Depression struck in 1929, and some of the largest and most luxurious American cars, as well as the most powerful for their day, appeared at a time when very few people could afford to buy them. This marked the first year that all Buicks had an adjustable driver’s seat that slid back or forth.
Everyone remembers Cadillac’s pointy fins in 1959, but they were a styling cue on almost all vehicles that year. Chrysler went a step further with a fake spare tire cover on the trunk, a version of the rear-mounted “continental kit” that took up less space. Those who didn’t like the design were quick to dub it a “toilet seat.”
The Trihawk was initially built by a car enthusiast who made his money in restaurant equipment, and it used a Citroën engine (when a deal for a Subaru powerplant fell through) and Renault suspension. Production began in 1983 and Harley bought the company in 1985, but the Trihawk was discontinued that year after about 100 were made, priced at $12,000. Mark your calendar: Next year’s Hershey meet runs October 5-8, 2016.