HAMPTON, Ga. – Cars representing the 1920s through the 1980s belonging to the private collection of Truett Cathy have been added to an extensive list of featured vehicles to be displayed this weekend at Atlanta’s Motor Speedway’s Inaugural Motorama.
A large majority of Cathy’s vast cars are stored near Southeast Atlanta while a small number displayed at the Chick-fil-A headquarters, which Cathy founded. Motorama visitors will be afforded the rare opportunity to see vehicles that are kept in private storage out of the public eye.
The cars from Cathy’s private collection, begun in 1995, will add to an impressive list of vehicles at Motorama that are both rare and high priced. Other attention-grabbing vehicles at Motorama include a 1939 Packard Convertible Sedan, a 1930 Duesenberg Model J and a version of Richard Petty’s 1964 Daytona 500-winning Plymouth.
A 1923 Ford Speedster will represent the 1920s at Motorama. It was purchased shortly after Cathy purchased his first car of the collection, a 1923 Model T. The Speedster is a faster car compared to other vehicles from 1923, especially the Model T. It was that attraction that drew Cathy to purchasing the Speedster.
A 1934 Ford Cabriolet will also be on display.
A 1946 Ford Coupe with a 454 cubic-inch V8 was bought to commemorate the year that Cathy opened the Hapeville Dwarf House, his original full-service restaurant. This car is one of the most well known Fords produced at the end of World War II America, as auto manufacturers who had dedicated resources to war efforts resumed full-scale automobile production.
The 1950s will be represented by a 1955 Chevrolet, one of the most well known vehicles ever to have been produced by the automaker. It was the first successful Chevrolet with a V8 engine and was the first Chevy with optional air conditioning and power windows.
The 1967 Camaro, with a 396 cubic-inch big-block engine, was the first muscle car added to Cathy’s collection. It is a first-generation Camaro from 1967 and is very similar in specifications to the pace car for that year’s Indianapolis 500, a 1967 Camaro Convertible.
The two most-modern vehicles at Motorama will be a 1979 Ferrari and 1981 DeLorean.