Winterthur to show elegant automobiles of the country-estate era

1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom, Ascot Tourer with body by Brewster & Co. Courtesy of Winterthur

1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom, Ascot Tourer with body by Brewster & Co. Courtesy of Winterthur

 

WINTERTHUR, Del. – More than 50 magnificent automobiles, dating from 1907 to 1959, will be displayed on Saturdays in May at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library beginning this weekend.

The displays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, start the10th anniversary celebration of the Winterthur Invitational. They are accompanied at 1 p.m. each Saturday by related lectures in the museum’s Rotunda.

Weekly themes are “Ten Years of Excellence: Select Vehicles Displayed at Winterthur, 2006-2016” on May 7, “American Prewar Luxury Brands, from Packard to Cadillac” on May 14, “The Personal Automobiles of Ruth Wales and Henry Francis du Pont” on May 21 and “Cars of the 1950s: Winterthur Museum Opens to the Motoring Public” on May 28.

From 1916 to 1969, hundreds of guests came to Winterthur for glittering social occasions hosted by the du Ponts. They arrived in a wide variety of automobiles that reflected the latest in design and fashion. These weather-permitting displays honor this tradition.

The displays are free for members and included with admission. The lectures are free for members and students and included with admission.

Winterthur, 5105 Kennett Pike, north of Greenville, is open 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Tuesday through Sunday. To learn more, call 800-448-3883 or 302-888-4600, or visit winterthur.org.