Auburn Heights Invitational Historic Auto Display

Spotlight on Speedsters and Racers

Sunday, September 24, 2017
12:30 to 4:30 pm

Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the gate ($14 age 15 and under)
 Click here to order online


The annual Auburn Heights Invitational features an exceptional array of historic automobiles from the classic era. This year’s fundraiser event includes a spotlight display on speedsters and racers, alongside a broad representation of high-end motor cars from the dawn of the automotive age through 1942. Selection is based on significance of the marque, authenticity, presentation and the history of the vehicle. Limited to approximately 20-25 autos, the Auburn Heights Invitational offers a rare opportunity to compare and contrast early and later classic-era vehicles — all at the elegant Auburn Heights estate. This is also an excellent opportunity to see the museum’s newest exhibit Letting Off Steam: The Stanley Legacy. Click here to learn more about the exhibit.

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


This year’s lineup includes:

Speedsters & Roadsters

  • 1911 Mercer Raceabout Model 35R
  • 1913 Mercer Raceabout Model 35J
  • 1908 Stanley Model K Semi-Racer
  • 1920 Mercer Series 5 Raceabout
  • 1939 Dreyer
  • 1916 Pullman Gentleman’s Roadster
  • 1906 Stanley Vanderbilt Cup Car
  • 1938 Riley Race Car


General Historic Auto Display

  • 1902 Packard Model F
  • 1904 Oldsmobile “French Front” Touring Car
  • 1908 EMF Double Rumble-Seat Roadster
  • 1908 Franklin Model G Runabout
  • 1910 REO  Model R5 5-Passenger Touring Car
  • 1912 Chalmers Model 30 Touring
  • 1918 Cadillac Type 57 7-Passenger Touring Car
  • 1924 Willys Knight Touring Car
  • 1929 Ford AA Mail Truck
  • 1930 Cadillac Fleetwood
  • 1931 Duesenberg Model J Tourster
  • 1931 Henderson KL “Special” Motorcycle
  • 1932 Howe/Gramm Fire Engine
  • 1936 Packard 120 Convertible Sedan
  • 1939 Cadillac Series 90 V16
  • 1941 Cadillac Series 60 Special Town Car
  • 1942 Cadillac Convertible Coupe


TICKETS FOR TROOPS: You can support our local military by purchasing Invitational tickets that will be distributed at Dover Air Force Base to active service personnel. We match every ticket purchased, so when you buy 2 tickets, 4 members of our local armed forces will enjoy complimentary admission. Order online here or contact the FAHP office at 302-239-2385 to extend your thanks (and ours) to our dedicated service men and women.


SILENT AUCTION & RAFFLE: Each year, the Silent Auction & Raffle is filled unique & hard-to-find items. Last year some of the highlights included an original Stanley wooden wheel from the Model 607 and private airplane rides aboard a vintage biplane. You will not want to miss what we have in store for 2017! Proceeds from the Silent Auction and Raffle support the Joseph Boxler Education Fund, devoted to inspiring new generations. Through FAHP’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 are interested in donating to the Silent Auction, Raffle, or in sponsoring a Raffle Basket, download our informational packet by clicking here.


FOOD & FUN: In addition to historic autos, past attendees have enjoyed delicious fare by the Country Butcher Fine Foods Market, wine and beer tastings 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, please call the FAHP 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 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, CLICK HERE or contact the FAHP office at 302-239-2385.


Explore Past Invitational Events!

2016 Invitational Spotlighting Racers & 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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