The lobby of the museum featured a classic American sports car that was developed and launched by Allentown native Lee Iacocca, the 2009 Iacocca Mustang GT flashback coupe. The car is one of only 45 that were produced in honor of the car’s 45th anniversary of its debut at the New York World’s Fair in April, 1964.
To celebrate the birthday of the museum, a Mustang-parade was held starting from Allentown City Hall and ended at the Museum on the Lehigh Riverfront. A 1994 Cobra Mustang Indy 500 pace car led the 50-car procession, one for each year of production. The Mustang selections include models ranging from 1964 to 2014 and were acquired from the First PA Mustang Club of the Lehigh Valley and the Berks County Mustang Club.
In addition to the parade, the museum debuted their new exhibit. Known as “Gone but not Forgotten: Orphan Cars of the 1950s to Today,” the exhibit features cars that became obsolete for various reasons. Some cars in the exhibit include a 1982 Delorean and a 1954 Studebaker Commander. In honor of Distracted Awareness Month, the museum will open its Safety Square educational area to promote its commitment to safe driving.
America on Wheels executive director Linda Merkel is optimistic about what’s in store for the museum for years to come. “We are a museum of action and energy. Museums are for lifelong learning. We want people to walk away with a story to tell,” she said.