The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s car is the latest in a string of vintage items to be preserved for posterity.

    The car, a 1928 Beagle Beater, was a car with a top-mounted engine and a steering wheel with an oval-shaped steering wheel in place of a traditional oval, the National Air & Space Museum announced Friday.

    It was first exhibited at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City in 1933, then at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. and finally in the National Museum of American History in Washington in 1940, museum spokeswoman Emily Haines said.

    The museum said it has the car in its collection and is looking for a new owner.

    Haines described the car as an important vehicle because it represented a time when the automobile was considered a luxury.

    It was also the first car to have a flat roof, she said.