Cars at the Capital 2021

Cars at the Capital is an annual celebration of America’s automotive heritage in the nation’s capital. Each year we showcase the newest inductees of the National Historic Vehicle Register in a beautifully illuminated glass display case for the public to learn about and interact with cars that have impacted history.

The exhibition and documentation are part of the Hagerty Drivers Foundation’s partnership with the U.S. Department of the Interior, Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) and Library of Congress archives.

Event Details

  • When

    September 3rd – 30th, 2021

  • Location

    Exhibit is located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., between the National Gallery of Art and the National Air & Space Museum.

  • Entrance

    All exhibitions are free and open to the public.

  • Parking

    The best recommendation for parking near the exhibit is early morning before 8am and in the evening to see the display case fully lit.

    Please note, guest parking is street parking only; you will not be permitted to bring your car on to the National Mall lawns or pedestrian walkways.

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  • September 2-9

    Week 1

    1981 De Lorean DMC-12 (Back to the Future "Time Machine" Hero Car)

    The 1981 De Lorean DMC-12 Time Machine used in the hit 1985 time-travel movie Back to the Future.

  • September 10-16

    Week 2

    1970 Dodge Challenger RT S/E "Qualls Challenger"

    "The Black Ghost" was a Detroit street racing legend that represents the golden age of American muscle cars.

  • September 17-23

    Week 3

    1921 Duesenberg Straight Eight "Castle Duesenberg"

    The first passenger Duesenberg sold to the public which set the foundation for one of the most luxurious and exclusive automotive brands to ever exist.

  • September 24-30

    Week 4

    1979 Lamborghini Countach LP400 S from The Cannonball Run

    The poster car of the 1980s, the Lamborghini Countach is a radically styled, mid-engined Italian exotic that was the birth of the modern-day supercar.