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By Land and By Sea: Antique Vehicle Show

Join us for the 17th Annual Antique Vehicle Show at Mystic Seaport and see a dazzling display of more than 100 authentic pre-1930 cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Take a closer look at the various types of vehicles that helped transport commerce from the land to the sea at the turn of the century.

Watch as the Museum’s village and waterfront bustle with activity as early 20th-century vehicles go about the daily business of the 1920s. Take the opportunity to talk with the exhibitors who lovingly maintain these beauties and hear unique stories about the vehicles. Enjoy a free ride in an antique automobile and experience the 20th century’s newest mode of transportation.

Cap off the day with the event’s annual finale, the Grand Parade of Vehicles, at 4 p.m. Get your camera ready as these old-time treasures line up and parade around the Village Green. It’s a sight to behold!

Featured Vehicle for the 2014 Show

This year’s featured vehicle is a 1929 Mack Model AB Stake Body, built in Allentown, PA. The four-cylinder engine develops 33 horsepower. The Mack Brothers’ first vehicle was a 20-passenger bus built in 1907. It was used eight years for sightseeing in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park before being converted to a truck. This Model AB chain-driven truck was introduced in 1922, the same year they adopted the bulldog logo. However, the bulldog did not appear as a hood ornament until 1932 when their chief engineer carved one while recovering from an accident. This vehicle was lovingly restored by its owner, Paul W. Lavallee, from North Smithfield, Connecticut.