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Auto Library Friends Pick Ford Flex as 2009's 'Collectible Car of the Future'


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2009 Ford Flex

DETROIT, Dec. 10, 2009; From America's new cars and trucks launched in 2009, the Ford Flex will become the most desired by future car collectors. That is the prediction of the Friends of the National Automotive History Collection (NAHC).

Members of the organization, which supports the world-famous automotive collection at the Detroit Public Library, vote annually to predict the "Collectible Vehicle of the Future" from the year's new American-built cars and trucks. The Ford Flex was selected from eight all-new vehicles launched in 2009.

The award will be presented to Ford executives by the Friends of the NAHC at their annual holiday reception on Thursday, December 10 at the NAHC's quarters in the Skillman Branch Library in downtown Detroit.

The NAHC is the world's largest public archive of automotive lore and a treasure for automotive historians, journalists and collectors. Its collection of books, manuals, photos, company histories, and historic documents is open to the public.

"We are delighted that the Ford Flex has been recognized by the NAHC as having a design that will become a collectable of the future," said Kate Pearce, Flex Marketing Manager at Ford.

"We knew from the start that we had a vehicle with stand-out design that looks like nothing else on the road, but also meets the needs of our customers looking for passenger space with innovative technology and great fuel economy," she said. "Reaction from our customers has been fantastic and we hope they will enjoy their cars long in to the future."

Charles K. Hyde, chairman of the NAHC Board of Trustees, said "this selection is unique among all the 'Vehicle of the Year' awards, because it is selected by 'car buffs' who know what future collectors will value. We asked our members to predict which of this year's new vehicles will turn heads in the Woodward Cruise of 2034."

  Previous winners are:
  2008    Dodge Challenger
  2007    Dodge Viper SRT10
  2006    Pontiac Solstice
  2005    Ford Mustang
  2004    Chrysler 300
  2003    Dodge Viper
  2002    Ford Thunderbird
  1996    Chrysler Sebring Convertible
  1995    Buick Riviera and Oldsmobile Aurora
          (None selected from 1997 to 2001)

The Friends of the Detroit Public Library supports the collection through the NAHC Board of Trustees, which raises funds and provides volunteer assistance.

Information is available from the NAHC at 313-628-2851 or at http://www.detroitpubliclibrary.org/nahc/. The NAHC is in the library's Skillman Branch at 121 Gratiot in downtown Detroit, opposite the People Mover's Cadillac Center station.