Dec 14 2017

1937 Chrysler’s Chrysler Honored with National Awards By The Antique Automobile Club of America

The Antique Automobile Club of America has honored the 1937 Chrysler's Chrysler with a 2017 National Award and a nomination for the AACA Zenith Award that recognizes the finest vehicles in the world.

The still to be announced national award will be presented at the AACA National Awards Banquet in Philadelphia on Saturday, Febrauary 10, 2018.

The Zenith Award was created by the AACA to recognize magnificent restorations that are worthy of the best of the year.  It is considered by the AACA their "most prestigious award which is our version of the coveted Ridler Award known so well to the modified community."  Out of the 3,000 plus vehicles shown this year at National AACA meetings, a field of approximately 16 vehicles including the 1937 Chrysler's Chrysler will vie to compete for the second Zenith Award in 2018.

"You can be justifiably proud of this great accomplishment as it recognizes your vehicle as one of the finest in the world."  The award will be given out at the AACA Annual Grand National Meeting in Greensburg, Pennyslvania on May 31- June 2, 2018. 

In appreciation of the AACA honors, below are several of my favorite images of Chrysler's Chrysler.


Howard Kroplick


Dec 14 2017 Mike Cain 3:14 PM

I wish you luck in contending for the award Howard. I see no reason why you shouldn’t get it. This car is simply magnificent! Historic and beautifully restored.

Dec 17 2017 S. Berliner, III 10:12 AM

Yee-hah!  You worked hard to get here, Howard!  But - there has to be a but - what might the “modified community” and Ridler Award be, please?  Sam, III

Howard Kroplick I

The highest award given to modified custom automobiles:

Don Ridler was the first professional promoter hired by the MHRA to assist them with the fledgling Autorama in the Fifties. With Don’s creativity and professional approach in promoting, Autorama was able to grow tremendously and eventually move to its present home at Cobo Center in 1961. In 1963, Autorama decided to honor Don Ridler, who had prematurely passed away, with an award given in his name.

Originally, the award was given to the Best Vehicle shown for the first time. Over the last fifty plus years, the award has evolved to better conform to new ideas, changing designs and concepts. Today it emphasizes creativity, engineering and quality workmanship. Anyone building a vehicle for Ridler competition should post these words on their garage wall. The vehicle that best represents those three areas will win the Ridler Award.

Dec 17 2017 S. Berliner, III 11:55 PM

Thanks, Howard.  Horrors!  Those are the bastards that destroy perfectly good old cars!  Hate ‘em.  Sam (the purist), III

Dec 19 2017 LMK 8:02 AM

Well done Howard !!

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