In order to preserve America’s auto heritage for future generations the Hagerty Drivers Foundation manages the National Historic Vehicle Register with the U.S. Dept. of the Interior. The vehicles listed here have been documented for this program.
The National Historic Vehicle Register records the important history of America’s significant automobiles, preserving their information for future generations in perpetuity at the Library of Congress. Following the model of preservation work and legislation that has existed at the federal level for significant buildings, bridges, and airplanes, but never cars, the Historic Vehicle Association (now the Hagerty Drivers Foundation) initiated a collaboration with the U.S. Department of the Interior in 2013 to include automobiles in the Historic American Engineering Record through a National Historic Vehicle Register program. The 29 vehicles listed here are the first to have been added to this documentation program and demonstrate the vast impact cars have had on all aspects of American history. Following criteria set forth by the Heritage Documentation Programs and the Secretary of the Interiors Standards, many more vehicles will be added in the future.