Phaetons and Convertible Sedans spotlighted at annual invitational

The annual Auburn Heights Invitational features an array of historic automobiles from the classic era.

This year’s fundraiser event includes a spotlight display on Phaetons and 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.

Guests can also visit the museum’s current exhibit, “Letting Off Steam: The Stanley Legacy.”

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 collections entrusted to its care.

This year’s lineup of vehicles includes:

Phaetons and Convertible Sedans

1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Ascot Tourer by Brewster

1929 Franklin 153 Phaeton

1929 Packard 640 Phaeton

1932 Packard Phaeton Model 905

1933 Auburn Model 8-101A Convertible Sedan

1937 Buick Roadmaster Convertible Sedan

1937 Oldsmobile L37 Redfern Saloon Tourer

1941 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Sedan

General Historic Auto Display

1910 Pierce Arrow Model 48-SS Demi-Tonneau

1910 Stanley Model 70

1910 Packard Model 30 Close-Coupled Tourer

1910 Franklin Model D

1912 Brush F26 Runabout

1914 Lozier Model 84 Runabout

1915 Paige Model 46 Fairfield 7-Passenger Touring Ca

1918 Cadillac Type 57 7-Passenger Touring Car

1930 Buick Roadster

1931 Type 91 American LaFrance Pumper

1931 Buick Series 90/Model 901 Station Wagon

1933 Hupmobile Model K “Cycle Fender”

1934 Packard 1101 Eight Convertible Victoria

1937 Cord 812 Supercharged Phaeton

1938 Buick 90 Limited 4-Door Sedan

1940 LaSalle Series 5019 4-Door Sedan

1962 Cadillac Fleetwood  Sedan

1967 Cadillac El Dorado Coupe


Each year, the silent auction and raffle is filled unique and hard-to-find items. Proceeds support the Joseph Boxler Education Fund, devoted to inspiring new generations.


In addition to historic autos, guests can enjoy a selection of refreshments from 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.

Tickets are available at the Country Butcher Market in Kennett Square, Pa., and Dew Point Brewing in Yorklyn, or call the FAHP office at 302-239-2385 to purchase with a credit card over the phone. Visit to purchase tickets online.