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Penske Donates Early Truck to Hershey's Antique Auto Museum

December 7, 2007

READING, PA – Penske Truck Leasing has donated a 1914 Garford Stake Bed Truck to the Antique Auto Museum in Hershey, Pa. The AACA Museum, a member of the Smithsonian Institute Affiliations Program, will display the antique truck as part of its current exhibit “The American Pickup Truck,” which features over two dozen vehicles from 1905 to 1980.

“We are delighted to receive this donation from Penske Truck Leasing,” said Jeff Bliemeister, Museum Curator. “Garford trucks are not a common site in museums or on show fields, and we are pleased to have this outstanding gift to share with our visitors.”

He noted the age and rarity of the truck make it significant. “The Garford truck predates what we typically today refer to as the pickup truck. This truck began its life as a powered chassis, with its cab and bed built after delivery from the factory.”

The Antique Auto Museum at Hershey displays restored automobiles in unique scenes and settings. This Museum is one of the nation’s newest and largest automotive museums. Visitors are transported through eight decades in time from New York to San Francisco, making each visit a visual adventure for all ages. Special exhibits and events change throughout the year giving return visitors something new. For further information, visit

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