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September 2012
Born in the USA
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The National Automobile Museum of Tasmania located at 86 Cimitiere st. Launceston is now showing the sensational new theme display, Born in the USA.

This fascinating and diverse collection of American cars will delight visitors of all ages.

In 1904 the Orient Buckboard was the most inexpensive car in the world; it cost a mere $337.00. Records show that approximately 3200 Orient Buckboard cars were built and sold all over the world. Only 57 vehicles are believed to have survived with 47 of these in America. The 1906 Orient Buckboard on display is a beautiful example of this unique vehicle.

Brothers John and Horace Dodge founded the Dodge Brothers Company in 1900. Their cars went on to become some of the best selling in the United States during the vintage period. Tragically both brothers died in 1920. A restored 1928 Dodge Brothers Tourer is featured in the display.

At the New York Motor Show in 1935 one of the most sensational cars ever built was presented to the public for the first time. Originally dubbed the "baby Duesenberg" the magnificent Cord 810 was doomed almost before it began production. Just 1174 1936 models and 1146 1937 812 models were built. The car became one of the greatest classic cars of all time. The stunning 1936 810 Sportsman Cabriolet is a fitting centerpiece to the display.

Another all time classic and one of the most popular American cars ever produced, the sensational 1957 Chevrolet Belair 2 door hardtop on display would certainly be one of the best examples anywhere in the world today.

The Cadillac name has become synonymous with large car luxury motoring since General Motors acquired the company in 1909. The 1962 Fleetwood 60 Special is a magnificently presented vehicle in true Cadillac style.

When released in 1964 the Ford Mustang created the "pony car" class of American automobiles, sports car-like coupes with long hoods and short boots, this gave rise to competitors such as the Chevrolet Camaro AMC's Javelin, and Chrysler's revamped Plymouth Barracudas and Dodge Challengers. The 1968 Mach I 428 Cobra Jet stands as one of the models most desirable high performance variants, the car on display is an immaculate example of this American motoring icon.

The American Muscle Car era peaked in 1970 before new emission regulations robbed the cars of so much horsepower in 1971. Crossing the line between muscle car and turn key dragster the stunning 454 Chevrolet Chevelle was for many the eras' ultimate incarnation. The car on display is immaculately presented in orange and white.

America's motorcycle industry was for the most part dominated by two companies. Once strong competitors both have became legendary marques in their own right.

Harley Davidson is represented in the display by two beautifully restored models the 1923 F Model and the 1942 WLA.

Indian was the worlds largest motorcycle manufacturer during the 1910`s before its demise through bankruptcy in 1953. Two 600c Indian Scouts, one from 1928 and the other from 1942 take their place on display.

The American automotive industry has been at the forefront of motoring development and style for over a century and Born in the USA showcases just some of its unique products, don't miss it!

Born in the U.S.A. finishes December 18th.