Henry Ford Museum gives rare look under the hood

A lot of museums put classic vehicles on display as a show of their industrial design, but many cars are even more intriguing underneath their aluminum and steel exteriors. The Henry Ford Museum is giving visitors a chance to glimpse some of the most intriguing powertrains in automotive history as part of its exhibit Engines Exposed that runs through March 15.

The display has the museum lifting the hood (or the rear in some cases) of over 40 vehicles from its collection. You might expect a place like this dedicated to all things mechanical and innovative would regularly put the greasy bits on display, but this is the first time in five years that The Henry Ford Museum is showing things off.

According to Classic Cars, the museum's transportation curator Matt Anderson selected the vehicles to exhibit, and he included some real rarities, including a 1948 Tucker 48 Sedan, 1907 White Model G steam car, Bugatti Type 41 Royale and a 1916 Wood Dual-Power Hybrid Coupe that combined an internal combustion engine and electric motor for propulsion nearly a century ago. To make things easier to see, the museum mounted mirrors on some of the vehicles.

If you're in the area while this exhibit is taking place, it might be worth stopping by to take a look. In speaking with the curator, Classic Cars found that the museum hasn't decided when it might expose these engines to the public again.

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More than 40 vehicles exposed Jan. 10 – March 15, 2015

(Dearborn, MI – Jan. 6, 2015) - Beginning January 10 through March 15, auto enthusiasts will have the unusual opportunity to look under the hoods of some of the most iconic vehicles ever made during Engines Exposed at Henry Ford Museum. For the first time in five years, more than 40 vehicles inside the Driving America exhibit will have their hoods popped, including a first-time look at the 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air, 1948 Tucker 48 Sedan, the 1936 Lincoln Zephyr and the 1916 Woods Dual Hybrid Coupe, a car that was 80 years ahead of its time.

During this nine-week limited engagement, guests can get behind-the-scenes details during a daily presentation in the Douglas Drive-in Theater on some of the most unique and significant automobiles in The Henry Ford's collection, and learn about the key innovations in the history of these engines. Auto fans will also have the rare opportunity to gain expert insight from Matt Anderson, our curator of transportation, and get a deeper look into our engines through the help of our digitized collection inside the Douglas Drive-in Theater on Saturday January 10, January 17 and March 14 at 1 p.m. Along with special presentations, guests can get an up-close look at Henry Ford's kitchen sink engine in the Museum Plaza and explore our engine collection on their own on one of our 18 digital kiosks throughout Driving America.

For the young auto enthusiast there are plenty of opportunities to get hands-on during Tinker.Hack.Invent Saturdays throughout the run of Engines Exposed. In January explore the positives and negatives of fuel options through cool power demonstrations, hands-on exploration and the chance to assemble an electric car. In February, families can explore the inner workings of engines, help create working models of pistons, cams and valves, and discover how they make us move.

Admission to Engines Exposed is free with membership or $20 for adults, $18 for seniors 62 and up and $15 for youth 5-12. Children four and under are free. For more information, call (313) 982-6001 or visit

About The Henry Ford
The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan is an internationally-recognized cultural destination that brings the past forward by immersing visitors in the stories of ingenuity, resourcefulness and innovation that helped shape America. A national historic landmark with an unparalleled collection of artifacts from 300 years of American history, The Henry Ford is a force for sparking curiosity and inspiring tomorrow's innovators. More than 1.6 million visitors annually experience its five attractions: Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, The Ford Rouge Factory Tour, The Benson Ford Research Center and The Henry Ford IMAX Theatre. A continually expanding array of content available online provides anytime, anywhere access. The Henry Ford is also home to Henry Ford Academy, a public charter high school which educates 485 students a year on the institution's campus. In 2014, The Henry Ford premiered its first-ever national television series, The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation, showcasing present-day change-makers and The Henry Ford's artifacts and unique visitor experiences. Hosted by news correspondent and humorist, Mo Rocca, this weekly half-hour show airs Saturday mornings on CBS. For more information please visit our website

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