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1934 Phaeton Donated

This beautiful 1934 Phaeton was donated to the museum by the estate of the late Jay Hertz of New Mexico. Jay was a former Trustee of the Museum and died in July, 2020. This car is significant as it's the first Phaeton we've received other than the '36 in the Floyd Motors collection.


Beautiful 1934 Roadster Donated by Bill Fox

Bill Fox declares that, “The 1934 Ford Roadster, in my opinion, is the most beautiful car that Ford ever built.” Bill and Joann recently donated their beloved, stunning 1934 Roadster to the Museum. “I am very proud to have the Roadster on display in the Museum that I designed and love dearly.” Bill is the architect who designed our magnificent facility. And now his ’34 Ford Roadster goes a long way to making the Museum even more beautiful!


1936 Mullins Trailer Donated

Bob and Judy Parmelee donated this genuine 1936 Mullins Red Cap Utility Trailer to the Museum. In fact, it “tailgated” them all the way from Texas behind their Ford F-150! Packed inside the Mullins were the last of Bob’s published book, “Mullins Red Cap Utility Trailer”, for us to sell. See them on the FORD STORE page. They also donated many items to sell and tons of Mullins historical items to keep in our research library. There’s no utility trailer that looks better behind an Early Ford V-8 than a Mullins!


1904 Ford Model B on Display

Come see this incredible 1904 Ford Model B while it's on loan to the Museum! It was loaned to us by Wayland Henry of Dayton, Oregon.


1934 Engine Donated

A beautiful, cosmetically restored 1934 Flathead V-8 Engine with an equally nice stand was donated by the Southern California RG #11. A great addition to our Engine Display!


1946 Merc & More Donated

Ray Scheiblhofer of Omaha, Nebraska collected parts for his 1946 Mercury for many years. As he grew older, he realized he was not going to be able to restore his Mercury. So Ray donated it along with a huge collection of literature to the Early Ford V-8 Museum.
Pictured here L to R: Jeff Meier, Ray Scheiblhofer, Jerry Vincentini, Barry Mayfield and Doug Swanson, all of the Cornhusker RG in Nebraska, who came to help load these treasures for their trip to the museum.



The loan that we had to build the new Museum expansion has been paid off in full. The Museum received a grant from the Sioux Falls, South Dakota Area Community Foundation of $250,000.00 which allowed us to pay off the remainder of the construction loan. The Early Ford V-8 Foundation Museum is now debt free!
We have paid off a $2,000,000.00 debt in less than two years and many of you helped make this possible. The Foundation and its amazing Museum are strong because the Membership is strong and supportive. This is YOUR Museum. Thank you!!


1953 Flathead Engine

The Northeastern Indiana Racing Museum donated a nice 1953 Ford 110 hp Truck Engine to our Museum. It had been built by former racer, Cliff Setser. A nice addition to our engine collection.


A Stock Car

One of late Roy Nacewicz's stock cars, a 1937 Coupe, has arrived at the Museum. It's on loan by its owners Danny & Sharon Driskell of Tennessee. It's a great addition to our dedicated "Flathead Speed Display".


A Grant from RPM

RPM has once again granted the V-8 Museum money toward our internship program. This time it is $7,000. We've had many interns over the years and they have been invaluable in helping us in the museum while learning at the same time. We thank RPM for this generous gift.
The RPM Foundation (RPM) is an educational grant-making program of America’s Automotive Trust (AAT). RPM is funded by collector vehicle and classic boat enthusiasts to serve youth and young adults on their pathways to careers in automotive/marine restoration & preservation along with the long-term interests of the collector vehicle and classic boat communities. Visit: www.rpm.foundation for more information.


'40 Lincoln Repairs

Steve Myers and Lucas Cauley fixing a leaky head gasket on our 1940 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet. Steve is from Ohio and he visits the museum each month and we put him to work! He has an engine shop and is an excellent mechanic. He loaned us his midget racer that's on display in our Speed display. Lucas is an intern with the museum. Since the Lincoln is driven often in the warm months, we need to keep it in good running order.


Museum Cruise-In a Success!

On Sunday, August 30th, the Museum held it's first Cruise-in of the year. It was sponsored by the Auburn Blue Ovals regional Group of the Early Ford V-8 Club.


Jet-Powered 8N Tractor

A One-of-a-Kind Custom Ford 8N Tractor, donated by Marvin Baumann of Monroe, Michigan. Believe it or not, it's a Jet-Powered Tractor that runs and drives! Marvin donated our other 8N, a Dearborn-winner, many years ago, which is still on display in our Farming area. The sign on this tractor reads:
Turbine powered Ford Tractor Model 8N
Garrett Model GTP 30-67 Turboshaft
Gas Turbine Engine. 56,000 RPM
Boeing B-52 Aircraft Wingflap Gearbox
New Holland Tractor Model 1630
Hydrostatic Transmission
It has to be seen to be believed.


1957 T-Bird Donated

Bill & Phyllis Romanski of Michigan was part of the Henry Ford Heritage Assoc. tour to the V-8 Musuem in October. They were so impressed with our museum that they asked if we'd like their beautiful 1957 T-Bird! We accepted and it's been delivered to Auburn. Our sincere thanks to the Romanskis for this most generous gift.


1940 Ford Donated

The Early Ford V-8 Museum was gifted a 1940 Ford Deluxe Fordor Sedan by Albert Schultz in Houston, TX. The 1940 Ford was purchased in Hastings, Nebraska by his grandfather, Albert Schultz. As a young boy, Albert would stand on the back seat floor board and would hold onto the back of the front seat as his grandparents drove from their country farm to town and church. This was the first automobile Albert drove when he was 14. When his grandfather passed away 1973, Albert's father informed him that his grandpa had left him the old Ford.
The Deluxe Fordor has 87,273 original miles and has had many updated parts with documentation. Included in the glove compartment is the original 1940 Ford showroom brochure which remains in excellent condition.


Donated 1949 Ford

A 1949 Ford, donated by Dave Koehler of OH has arrived! It’s a beauty. A great addition to our growing stable of "Ford Family of Fine Cars", as the ads used to say.


Ford Monument


Memorial Bricks are on Display

With so much happening in the Auburn area, it was difficult to find a company that had the time to do re-install the memorial bricks for us. Well, the job's finally completed and all the hundreds of memorial bricks we've sold over the years are in place well ahead of the 2019 Central National Meet in late August.


A '36 Roadster Greets You!

We appreciate every item that is donated, but every now and then someone donates something so extraordinary, that we pause to pay special tribute to the item and its donor.
That’s Mike Sponholtz of Wisconcin, who painted and donated this "Floyd Motors" ’36 Roadster that's now behind the lobby desk at the museum. He personally delivered the painting and even mounted it for us!
If you are interested in contacting Mike, you can email him at chezsponz@gmail.com or call 920-654-2066. A painting of your car would look great in your man-cave!


3rd Car added to Speed Display

Steve Myers of Ohio loaned us his nifty '46 Hillegass Midget Racer. It's powered by the Flathead Ford V-8 60. Steve raced this car back in the day. Looks great next to the loaned 1935 Miller Ford Indy car and donated 1926 Model T Roadster.


Original 1932 Fordor Donated

Don Bowne of Cambridge City, Indiana, donated this original 1932 Fordor Sedan to the Museum. It's an outstanding example of originality and will stand proud next to the other '32s in our collection!


Regional Group Support

Over the years, many Regional Groups of the Early Ford V-8 Club have shown their support of the Foundation with cash donations. Some have held events such as auctions, bake sales, Cruise-ins, etc. to raise funds. Others have shared a portion of their profits obtained from hosting a National Meet or a local car show. Sometimes the money is given for a particular project, like our Gift Shop renovation, the Rotunda Sign restoration, landscaping, etc.

This support is growing by leaps and bounds.

We realize that not all RGs have the means to make large cash donations. We've had many more under $500, and those gifts are just as appreciated as the larger ones.

And so, we recognize the generous men and women of Regional Groups all over the world as Genuine Ford People who unselfishly support our effort to Preserve 1932-1953 Ford History.


Some "Local" RGs Hours Away!

V-8 Club Regional Groups not only give money to the Foundation, they also give of themselves. Four Regional Groups in Indiana and Ohio, whose members are very active as volunteers to help out at the Museum, have members who travel great distances to get to Auburn. For example, RG #69 is the North West Indiana RG and is about 120-140 miles and 2.5-3 hours away; RG #56 is centered in Indianapolis. For many, it's a good 140-150 mile 3 hour drive to Auburn; RG #141 in the Cincinnati, Ohio area is close to 200 miles and as much as 4 hours away! The fourth and only "close" RG is #169, which is considered an Auburn-Garrett RG. Even though it's close to the Museum, members still have to give up their valuable time in order to help out.
Whenever there is a need for men and women, and sometimes children and grandchildren, to work on a project or to help out at the Museum during Cruise-ins or busy weekends during the summer, we can always count on members from these RGs to pitch in.
So, a "Big Thanks" to these dedicated members! Without their unselfish help, running our Museum would be a much more difficult and expensive task.


Student Memberships

Now students can join the Early Ford V-8 Foundation & Museum for a discounted membership fee of just $10. They will receive the Foundation News electronic version. Students of all ages, male and female, are invited to join. Ownership of an early Ford is not required, but a desire to learn about Ford the company, its products and its founder, is.
Just click on NEW, STUDENT $10 and YES to receive your newsletter via email on the online Membership Form to join. Or call Suzy or Josh at 260-927-8022 to join by phone.

'40 Ford illustration by Rich Harrington


NEW! Join or Renew On-line.

Now you can Join the Early Ford V-8 Foundation or Renew your membership right on-line. Just click on the menu button "Join or Renew Online" and you'll be taken to our on-line Membership Form.
Upon completing the form, you can choose to pay by credit card or by check. If Credit Card is chosen, you'll be taken to the secure Paypal site. There you can use your Paypal account to pay OR if you Don't have a Paypal account, there is an option to pay with any credit card without having to join Paypal. It's safe, fast and easy.
If you choose to pay by check, your membership information will be automatically sent to us and you'll be taken to a page with directions on where to send your check.


NEW: Online Payments

You can now use your credit card and order items directly from our web site! Just click on the Add to Cart buttons you'll find on this site and you'll be taken to PayPal to make your payment. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO HAVE A PAYPAL ACCOUNT TO DO THIS, NOR SIGN UP FOR ONE. If you DO have a Paypal account, your purchase will use that account. But if not, you just enter your credit card info to make your purchase. Shipping and sales tax (Indiana only) will be added for you.

It's Fast, Easy and totally Secure! You can even make a cash Donation by clicking on our DONATION Button!

If you are more comfortable ordering over the phone, you can call 260-927-8022.