Atlas Van Lines handles Indiana's classic cars with kid gloves

Objects of Desire opens May 29 at Indiana State Museum

May 27, 2004

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Kelly Wright, Hetrick Communications, 317.262.8080

INDIANAPOLIS — It takes a practiced, patient hand to move valuable museum collections from place to place. But when it comes to moving multi-million-dollar automobile collections, it also takes a strong hand, a solid track record and a commitment to service excellence that only a few companies in the world can offer.

Evansville-based Atlas Van Lines is one of them, and it handled the Objects of Desire exhibit move this week for the Indiana State Museum, where Indiana-made classic cars valued at more than $2 million will be on display through the fall.

Widely known and respected as a household goods mover, Atlas is increasingly being recognized for one of its specialties — automotive moves. Funny thing is, Atlas has been doing auto moves for more than 25 years. Today, the company handles nearly 35 percent of the annual U.S. auto show hauling business, generating almost $10 million worth of revenue for Atlas.

So, when the Indiana State Museum needed cars moved from points across the Midwest to the Circle City, it called on a world-class Hoosier company to do the job. Atlas donated its auto-moving expertise to the museum (a $20,000 value) in an effort to showcase its specialty capabilities and let people know that it is more than a "traditional mover."

Objects of Desire: Cars and Clothes of the Jazz Age, opens May 29 and features seven of the most luxurious cars ever made by Indiana automobile manufacturers — from the 1915 Stutz H.C.S. Roadster to the Model J Duesenberg. During the Jazz Age, cars such as the Auburn, Cord, Stutz and Marmon symbolized speed, performance and style.  These classics also made their mark on Hollywood; many movie stars including Clark Gable, Greta Garbo, Groucho Marx and Indiana native Carole Lombard owned these types of cars.

The Indiana-made cars included in the exhibit are:

  • 1915 Stutz H.C.S. Roadster — on loan from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum
  • 1925 McFarlan Twin-Valve Six Roadster — on loan from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum
  • 1930 Cord L-29 Sedan — on loan from the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum (Auburn, Ind.)
  • 1930 Auburn 8-95 Phaeton Convertible Sedan — on loan from The Henry Ford (Dearborn, Mich.)
  • 1931 Marmon 16 Victoria Coupe — on loan from the Canton Classic Car Museum (Canton, Ohio)
  • 1932 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Sedan — on loan from the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum
  • 1934 Studebaker President — on loan from the Studebaker National Museum (South Bend, Ind.)

Atlas is a $550 million company with more than 450 employees at its Evansville headquarters. More than 600 Atlas agents in the United States and Canada specialize in corporate employee relocation and in the carrier transport of high-value items such as electronics, fine art and new fixtures and furniture. Visit for other company information.

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