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About the World Preservation of Transportation

The World Preservation of Transportation is a 501 non-profit charitable organization with a mission to house and preserve museum quality antique vehicles. We regard these automobiles as works of art, and are dedicated to building a collection to display for the public to enjoy.

 

Why Luxury Antiques?

Upon its release in March 1961, Enzo Ferrari referred to the Jaguar E Type Series 1 Roadster as the most beautiful car in the world. Upon even a cursory glance, there is no question: the car is a work of art. Perfect lines, a seemingly effortless structural flow, and a unified, elegant presentation all come together in one piece, a superlative cohesion of form and function that only the finest design works manage to convey.

Fine luxury antique automobiles are a sight to behold: they inspire us intellectually while at the same time invoking a strong desire. They prove to us that both beauty and mechanical excellence can coexist in their highest forms in a single working entity. These cars are the epitome of traveling in style; they are the best the industry has to offer, and they set the bar for all future models.

Over the course of automobile history, select models have emerged in a class by themselves— they are the cream of the crop, the Platonic ideals of the machine. Considered to be among the most beautiful cars in the world, they embody the highest standards of design, elegance, and engineering. These cars represent outstanding advances in human achievement. Some examples include the 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL, the 1970 Dodge Challenger RT, and the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California. However, there are dozens of specimens of this level of excellence. Aficionados could (and do) argue the merits of each over the other at length. However, there is one thing all automotive enthusiasts can agree on: these models elevate the automobile to an art form. The quality is undeniable.

 

History

Finding a way to make an automobile that was both affordable and elegant was the main challenge of the automobile industry at home and abroad in the first half of the 20th century. Early 20th century American automobiles had the advantage of being significantly less expensive than their European counterparts. However, early American auto design left much to be desired. They were basically motorized carriages: clunky, boxy, and difficult to navigate. European automobile manufacturers produced more visually pleasing streamlined cars. However, very few people could afford them, and their numbers were limited. Production and maintenance were costly in Europe.

The American automobile industry exploded in the early twentieth century when Henry Ford developed and implemented automobile mass production lines. Production in Japan and Europe then soared after World War II to meet an ever-increasing demand, and by the 1980s, automobile production was a worldwide enterprise. What was once a rare luxury in the early 1900s is now a ubiquitous staple of the first-world. Can you imagine American life without cruising? Road trips? Street racing? The mini-holiday? The car has become a mainstay of our way of life.

 

Cultural and Economic Impact

It is difficult to overestimate the impact automobiles have had on our global culture and economy. Cars give us our freedom; they allow us to see parts of the world we would otherwise not have access to. They permit us to venture beyond our hometowns for parts unknown, and they narrow the gap between urban and rural living spaces. They give us the ability to commute from the suburbs to the city for work, resulting in a wider selection of places to live. One can now live in the country, for instance, and drive to work in the city each day. You have the choice of experiencing the tranquility of nature at home every night rather than living full time in a bustling, noisy city. That was not possible before the advent of the automobile.

Automobile production also resulted in secondary businesses such as gas stations, mechanic garages (and mechanics!), convenience stores, car insurance companies, and oil change shops. Highway construction and maintenance are a direct consequence of the prevalence of cars. Many, many jobs have been created thanks to the automotive industry.

 

Why Donate?

When you donate your museum-quality classic automobile to The World Preservation of Automobiles, everyone wins! You get a break on your taxes, a charity receives your generous donation, the non-profit museum gains a valuable and appreciated addition to its growing collection, and patrons receive the great benefit of learning about your donated car and its place in automotive history. We support other charitable organizations such as the Boys & Girls Club of America, St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, the NAACP and the American Cancer Society, and approved charities of the donor's choice.

The museum aims to exhibit its collection in such a way that it is both educational and entertaining. We hope to motivate young visitors to investigate further into the history and impact of automotives. The collection you help provide will educate the public on the varied and exciting history of the automobile industry and how it continues to affect our current culture and economy.

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