Auburn Heights Invitational Classic Car Show & Garden Party


Sunday, September 20, 2020
12:30 to 4:30 pm

Spotlight on Vanished Marques

Tickets on sale starting August 1; $20 in advance; 25 at the gate ($14 for ages 15 & under)

Learn about what to expect when visiting Auburn Heights and how you can prepare here.


The annual Auburn Heights Invitational features a broad representation of high-end motor cars from the dawn of the automotive age through 1969. Limited to approximately 15 autos, the Classic Car Show & Garden Party offers a rare opportunity to experience extraordinary vintage autos amidst the elegance of the Auburn Heights estate.

Funds raised from the annual event benefit the Joseph Boxler Education Fund and the Marshall Steam Museum and Friends of Auburn Heights (FAH), a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and operating the extraordinary collections entrusted to its care.


The 2020 lineup includes:

  • 1899 Knox Model A
  • 1913 Paige 36 Glenwood
  • 1914 Lozier Model 84 Runabout
  • 1918 Cadillac Type 57 7-Passenger Touring Car
  • 1925 Franklin Series 11
  • 1927 Pierce Arrow Roadster
  • 1933 Auburn 8-101A Phaeton Custom Convertible Sedan
  • 1933 Franklin 17B Seven-Passenger Sedan
  • 1952 GlassPar G2 Roadster
  • 1957 Chevrolet Convertible
  • 1958 Ace-Bristol AC Cobra Prototype
  • 1959 Plymouth Fury
  • 1967 Giotto Bizzarrini P538 Can-Am
  • 1968 Pontiac  GTO Convertible
  • 1967 Plymouth GTX
  • 1941 Indian Chief Motorcycle


SILENT AUCTION & RAFFLE: Each year, the Silent Auction & Raffle is filled unique & hard-to-find items. You will not want to miss what we have in store this year! Proceeds from the Silent Auction and Raffle support the Joseph Boxler Education Fund, devoted to inspiring new generations. Through FAH’s expanding children’s education program, the Marshall Steam Museum strives to engage and inspire its youngest visitors to connect with science, history and technology.

If you would like to donate to our silent auction and raffle, you can easily so do with our online forms below or emailing Alli Schell, Public Programs Manager. This year our silent auction and raffle will be both in person and online. 

Donate a silent auction item, experience, gift certificate or more!

Donate a raffle basket or money towards one. 


FOOD & FUN: In addition to historic autos, enjoy food from On the Roll food truck,  wine from Total Wine & More, craft beer from Dew Point Brewing Co., Woodside Farm Creamery Ice Cream, rides on the Auburn Valley Railroad and tours of the Auburn Heights Mansion, plus special exhibits and presentations, a silent auction, raffle and more!

SPONSORSHIP: Sponsors of the Auburn Heights Invitational provide vital support for the museum’s educational programs and enjoy a fabulous day at a unique venue. To learn more about sponsorships for this year’s event, call the FAH office at (302) 239-2385 or email

ADVERTISING: To commemorate each Invitational, the Marshall Steam Museum produces the Auburn Heights Invitational Catalog. Serving as a lasting record of the day, the catalog chronicles the stories associated with each of the extraordinary autos on display and includes feature articles of interest to the car enthusiast and history buff alike. This high-quality publication, available both as a physical copy and online, ensures that the event lives on once the automobiles and visitors have returned home and provides enduring recognition for participants, sponsors and advertisers. To review options, contact the FAH office at 302-239-2385.

Explore Past Invitational Events!

2019 Invitational Spotlighting British Invasion / American Pop

2018 Invitational Spotlighting Phaetons & Convertible Sedans

2017 Invitational Spotlighting Speedsters & Racers

2016 Invitational Spotlighting Roadsters & Runabouts

2015 Invitational Spotlighting Limos & Landaulets

2014 Invitational Spotlighting the Electric Car

2013 Invitational Spotlighting the Packard Motor Car Company

2012 Invitational Spotlighting Brewster & Co.

Click here for directions to the Marshall Steam Museum!

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