Auburn Heights Invitational Historic Auto Display

Spotlight on Phaetons & Convertible Sedans

Sunday, September 23, 2018
12:30 to 4:30 pm


Tickets are now available! $20 in advance ($14 for ages 13 & under) / $25 at the gate


CLICK HERE to purchase tickets online or for information on where to obtain tickets.


The annual Auburn Heights Invitational features an exceptional array of historic automobiles from the classic era. This year’s fundraiser event includes a spotlight display on Phaetons & Convertible Sedans, alongside a broad representation of high-end motor cars from the dawn of the automotive age through 1942. Selection is based on significance of the marque, authenticity, presentation and the history of the vehicle. Limited to approximately 20-25 autos, the Auburn Heights Invitational offers a rare opportunity to compare and contrast early and later classic-era vehicles — all at the elegant Auburn Heights estate. This is also an excellent opportunity to see the museum’s current exhibit Letting Off Steam: The Stanley Legacy. Click here to learn more about the exhibit.

Funds raised from the annual event benefit the Marshall Steam Museum and Friends of Auburn Heights Preserve (FAHP), a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and operating the extraordinary collections entrusted to its care.


This year’s lineup includes:


Phaetons & Convertible Sedans

  • 1929 Franklin 153 Phaeton
  • 1929 Packard Phaeton
  • 1932 Packard Phaeton Model 905
  • 1933 Auburn Convertible Sedan
  • 1937 Buick Roadmaster Convertible Sedan
  • 1937 Olds Redfern
  • 1941 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Sedan


General Historic Auto Display

  • 1910 Pierce Arrow Model 48-SS Demi-Tonneau
  • 1910 Stanley Model 70
  • 1912 Brush Model F
  • 1915 Lozier Model 51 Briarcliff Touring 
  • 1914 Biddle
  • 1915 Paige Detroit
  • 1918 Cadillac Type 57 7-Passenger Touring Car
  • 1931 American LaFrance Fire Truck
  • 1933 Hupmobile K-321
  • 1934 Packard Victoria Model 1101
  • 1937 Cord 812 Supercharged Phaeton
  • 1938 Buick Limited 90
  • 1940 LaSalle Series 50 Sedan


SILENT AUCTION & RAFFLE: Each year, the Silent Auction & Raffle is filled unique & hard-to-find items. Last year some of the highlights included an original Stanley wooden wheel from the Model 607 and a custom copper/metal fountain. You will not want to miss what we have in store for 2018! Proceeds from the Silent Auction and Raffle support the Joseph Boxler Education Fund, devoted to inspiring new generations. Through FAHP’s expanding children’s education program, the Marshall Steam Museum strives to engage and inspire its youngest visitors to connect with science, history and technology. If you are interested in donating to the Silent Auction, Raffle, or in sponsoring a Raffle Basket, contact the FAHP office at or 302-239-2385. 


FOOD & FUN: In addition to historic autos, past attendees have enjoyed delicious fare by the Country Butcher Fine Foods Market, wine and beer tastings from Total Wine & More, craft beer from Dew Point Brewing Co., Woodside Farm Creamery Ice Cream, rides on the Auburn Valley Railroad and tours of the Auburn Heights Mansion, plus special exhibits and presentations, a silent auction, raffle and more!


SPONSORSHIP: Sponsors of the Auburn Heights Invitational provide vital support for the museum’s educational programs and enjoy a fabulous day at a unique venue. To learn more about sponsorships for this year’s event, CLICK HERE or call the FAHP office at (302) 239-2385 or email


ADVERTISING: To commemorate each Invitational, the Marshall Steam Museum produces the Auburn Heights Invitational Catalog. Serving as a lasting record of the day, the catalog chronicles the stories associated with each of the extraordinary autos on display and includes feature articles of interest to the car enthusiast and history buff alike. This high-quality publication ensures that the event lives on once the automobiles and visitors have returned home and provides enduring recognition for participants, sponsors and advertisers. To review options, CLICK HERE or contact the FAHP office at 302-239-2385.


Explore Past Invitational Events!

2017 Invitational Spotlighting Speedsters & Racers

2016 Invitational Spotlighting Roadsters & Runabouts

2015 Invitational Spotlighting Limos & Landaulets

2014 Invitational Spotlighting the Electric Car

2013 Invitational Spotlighting the Packard Motor Car Company

2012 Invitational Spotlighting Brewster & Co.


Click here for directions to the Marshall Steam Museum!

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