Walter P. Chrysler Museum
The Walter P. Chrysler Museum was a collection of antique, concept, and custom Chrysler vehicles as well as historical exhibits detailing the story of Chrysler and its contributions to the world of automotive technology, design, and innovation. The 55,000-square foot museum included three floors of displays and was located next to Chrysler Headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan. It is no longer open to the public.
The first floor of the Walter P. Chrysler Museum included a history of the first 50 years of the automotive industry from the perspective of Chrysler and its vehicles. This part of the museum’s collection included rare and early cars dating back to the very early 1900s. Nameplates on display here were Rambler, Hudson, Nash, Plymouth, DeSoto, and Willys-Overland.
The Gilmore Car Museum
The Gilmore Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan showcases the history of automobiles with over 300 vehicles on display. The museum has its beginnings in a gift given from a wife to a husband. Genevieve Gilmore gave her husband Donald a 1920 Pierce-Arrow for his birthday in 1963. Donald restored the vehicle and found a new hobby working with classic cars. Before long, the Gilmores owned over 30 historic automobiles and moved their collection to a 90-acre property, complete with historic barns to house them.
The Volo Auto Museum is a unique combination of classic cars both on exhibit and for sale. You can even sell your car here on consignment. Volo cars is located in the suburb of Volo, north of Chicago. It is situated in a large antique mall and is a great place to bring the family for a day of checking out cool cars or to pick up a classic to bring home.
Henry Ford Museum
The Henry Ford Museum is an impressive collection of cars and history and just one part of the larger museum complex called the Henry Ford. Other parts of the complex include the outdoor museum called Greenfield Village, an IMAX theater, a factory tour, and a research center. The Henry Ford Museum is a National Historic Landmark and is located in Dearborn, Michigan, hometown of the car maker himself.
The 1969 Barracuda came at the end of the second generation of Plymouth’s pony car which lasted from just 1967 to 1969. Chrysler introduced the Barracuda in 1964 as sporty performance cars were really gaining popularity in the U.S. 1974 was the last year for the model. In the early ‘70s, performance cars went downhill thanks to stricter safety and emission regulations. The Barracuda was one of many casualties.
Based on the Valiant A-body, the 1969 Barracuda and the other members of the second generation came in fastback, notchback, and convertible body styles. They also received significant restyling as compared to the previous generation of models from 1964 to 1966.
XK8: Jaguar’s XK is the luxury grand tourer line, which comes in a coupe or a convertible. The current line of XK cars were first introduced in 1996 with the XK8, which represented the beginning of a new generation for the line. The XK Jaguars originated with the XKE or E-type cars that first came out in 1961. The E-types, loved by many car enthusiasts, only lasted for about a decade and a half. When the XK models came back in 1996, these same Jaguar lovers were thrilled and the XK8 did not disappoint.
The Chevrolet Corvette is the classic American sports car and its popularity, styling, and performance have never been matched by another car. The 1967 Corvette brought up the rear of the second generation that began in 1963. In 1953, the first Corvette, a convertible designed by Harley Earl came out at the GM Motorama as a concept car. This kicked off the first generation or the C1 line of Corvettes, also known as the solid-axle models for their lack of independent rear suspension.
Although factory racing had been effectively banned starting in 1957, Pontiac’s late ‘50s and early ‘60s revamping included racing as a major component and the 1962 Catalina was a big part of that move. In the late ‘50s General Motors’ Pontiac brand began to feel a little old and tired. The cars were big, boring, and slow and not many young people were interested in them.
Pontiac engineers made a turnaround of the brand by ignoring the racing ban and creating parts and packages that helped Pontiac models succeed in NHRA and NASCAR racing. The 1962 Catalina was a prime example of Pontiac’s cars that could be outfitted for racing and which helped to bring the cool back to the brand.
1970 Olds 442 W-30
Considered by many to be the best that Oldsmobile put out, the 1970 Olds 442 W-30 is truly a classic muscle car. Not many think of Oldsmobile in terms of muscle cars; the high-end brand from General Motors was always more known for its large, luxury-oriented vehicles. The 442, however, was one of the finest muscle cars of the era.
When you think of cars from the 1950’s three classics come to mind; the Ford Thunderbird, the Chevrolet Bel Air and the Chrysler 300C. These cars were both roomy and stylish. With the National Interstate and Defense Highways Act signed into law in 1956 it was common for families to take joy rides for the fun of it without any destination in mind. With more and more drivers on the roads, gas stations began to spring up along highways and interstates all over the US.