Indiana Automotive

Explore Our State's Automotive Legacy

If you love vintage automobiles—racecars, muscle cars, classic cars—and the associated historic factories, race tracks, garages, and showrooms, you’ll want to join this affinity group!

  • Tours staged by the Indiana Automotive often visit private collections that include Indiana-made cars and automotive artifacts.
  • Indiana Automotive stages tours of automotive landmarks not usually open to the general public, like the 1914 Ford Assembly Plant on East Washington Street in Indianapolis. (Photo by Darrell Staggs)
  • Boyle Racing Garage in Indianapolis
    Indiana Automotive tackled saving the Boyle Racing Garage in Indianapolis, a near ruin, and eventually spun off a separate nonprofit organization that is not only making progress in recapturing the landmark, but also found and restored one of the famed garage’s race car haulers.
  • Donald Davidson
    IMS Historian Donald Davidson spun tales for the crowd at Indiana Automotive's March 2017 event, An Evening with Donald Davidson. (Photo by Bob Zyromski)

Does Indiana's Automotive Legacy Get Your Heart Racing?

During the first decades of the twentieth century, more than 250 automobile manufacturers opened shop in Indiana—Duesenberg, Stutz, Cord, Auburn, and Studebaker among them—whose products rank as landmarks on wheels.

Indiana’s role in the birth and flourishing of the industry left us a legacy of places worth preserving and spectacular automobiles that match the best ever built, anywhere.

IndAuto-logo wtextIndiana Automotive—an affinity group of Indiana Landmarks—celebrates the early auto visionaries and their products, and promotes the preservation of the cars, the factories and showrooms, the homes of auto moguls, and the landscaped parkways and roadside architecture birthed by the auto age.

Under Indiana Landmarks’ umbrella, Indiana Automotive annually offers lectures, tours, and news of interest to all who love vintage cars and the places where they were designed, built, tested, and sold. Members of the affinity group receive discounts on all Indiana Automotive events. You’ll receive an Indiana Automotive e-letter four times a year.

If you’re a fan of Indiana’s great auto heritage and want to meet and mingle with others who share your interest at fun events, we invite you to join Indiana Automotive. You must also join Indiana Landmarks in order to participate in the affinity group.

Questions? Call Indiana Landmarks, 317-639-4534 or 800-450-4534.

Southern Indiana Automotive Tour July 2018

Upcoming Events

Experience talks by experts in automotive heritage, tours of sites important to our automotive history, and viewings of private vintage and classic automobile collections. Indiana Automotive members get discounts and the first opportunity to register for these events. Explore Events

Auto Landmark Profiles

Indiana Automotive members and friends write about influential people and places significant to our state’s rich automotive heritage for our website, our magazine Indiana Preservation, and the affinity group e-letter. Explore Profiles

Join Indiana Automotive

Want to be a part of Indiana Automotive? Join or renew your Indiana Landmarks membership and add Indiana Automotive as an affiliate group. Join Us

Other Ways to Participate

Indiana Automotive produces four e-letters a year about cars made in Indiana, automotive landmarks—restored and endangered—and upcoming events. We’d love for affinity group members to research and/or write articles for the e-letter. We also can use help in planning Indiana Automotive events—researching destinations, auto landmarks, private collections, lunch venues, and more. If you’re interested, call Jessica Kramer at Indiana Landmarks, 317-639-4534 or 800-450-4034.