The NB Center for American Automotive HeritageThe NB Center owes its existence to the passions of Nicola Bulgari. His love of American automobiles from a time when America dominated the automobile industry led to the creation of The NB Center for American Automotive Heritage. Dedicated to the preservation of American automotive heritage with a focus on the cars of the ‘everyman’, the NB Center locates, restores, preserves, maintains and presents American automotive treasures as functional historical objects. It is split between the US and Italy. In Allentown, Pennsylvania, it has its own 27-acre landscaped campus with restoration shops, car storage, support buildings and dedicated event building, all connected by two miles of private roads. Cars often arrive in extreme states of disrepair and are returned to their ‘as-new’ or better conditions by the craftsmen that work on site. With 160-180 cars on site at any given time, all maintained in ready-to-drive condition, there is never any shortage of work.
The other half of the NB Center is headquartered in Rome. There, a full-time staff of restoration professionals works hand-in- hand with the US shops to find, restore and maintain nearly 120 cars in Italy. As the NB Center evolves, it has increased outreach through hosting tours of the facilities, hosting conferences, working with school programmes to educate children about our automotive history and to promote the interest of future generations in all aspects of our automotive past... And if this 1941 Cadillac is anything to go by, then that future is a golden one!