When a hobbyist thinks of the annual Antique Automobile Club of America Eastern Division National Fall Meet in Hershey, Pennsylvania, the first images to come to mind are endless fields of swap meet vendors and a car show where the country’s best vehicles are displayed and judged. Not to be ignored, however, is the car corral, where just about any type of vintage vehicle is offered for sale.
At the October 5-8 event, the car corral area surrounding Hershey’s Giant Center hockey arena was filled with a staggering variety of automobiles. For brass-era car afficionados, there were several touring cars from that period looking for new owners; muscle car fans had a good selection of 1960s and 1970s boulevard brawlers to purchase; and Classic car collectors could bring home a 1930s Rolls-Royce, Auburn, or Duesenberg Model J sedan, to name a few. As you can tell, the Hershey car corral isn’t a typical car corral.
The majority of vehicles, however, were the ones that Americans grew up with, enjoyed, and are now lovingly collected and restored. Countless cars from the 1940s through the 1970s drew the attention of many potential buyers and wore the badges of nearly every major American manufacturer. Popular Buicks, De Sotos, Fords, and Studebakers were just a few of the cars offered for new enthusiasts to drive, display, and preserve. Judging by the many “sold” signs I saw on the windshields as I walked through the parking lot, several cars found good homes.