Category Archives: Auto Museum

Sloan-Longway Museum: Worth a Visit

Sloan-Longway Museum: Worth a Visit

1972 Buick SkylarkFlint, Michigan: The motherland of General Motors. In the 1960s, Flint could brag that it had the highest per capita income of any in the world, but this is no longer the case. There are a few remnants of the day, like the largest brownfield zone in the United States; this zone was once the flourishing Buick city plant. At one point, over 80,000 people worked for General Motors in Flint alone, now there are fewer than 4,000. People leave the city to find a new home every single day. The Great Recession has taken its toll on Flint, but it has not destroyed the Sloan-Longway Museum.

A Major Shout-Out to Bowling Green, Kentucky

A Major Shout-Out to Bowling Green, Kentucky

1967 Chevrolet CorvetteIf you have ever driven on I-65 in Kentucky, you have probably noticed the reason that Bowling Green, Kentucky has become a popular tourist destination. The yellow building with the red spike on top is none other than the National Corvette Museum. As the third largest city in the state of Kentucky, Bowling Green offers many reasons for car lovers to stop for a visit.

What to See at the Henry Ford Museum

What to See at the Henry Ford Museum

henry_ford_museum_galleryfullIf you love cars and history, The Henry Ford is a must-see location to add to your bucket list. This National Historic Landmark rests just outside of Detroit, Michigan in the suburb of Dearborn. The complete location includes a The Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, the Ford Proving Ground (Dearborn Development Center), the Ford Rouge Factory Tour, and the Benson Ford Research Center. The Henry Ford complex takes visitors through time on a rich journey of the history of the automobile and other inventions that change the way of life in the United States.

Walter P. Chrysler Museum

Walter P. Chrysler Museum

Chrysler MuseumThe 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.

Chrysler MuseumThe 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 Car Museum

Gilmore MuseumThe 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.

Volo Cars

Volo Cars

The Volvo Auto Museum in ChicagoThe 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

Henry Ford Museum

The Henry Ford MuseumThe 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.

Visit the Peterson Museum

Peterson Museum:  Peterson MuseumIf you are a true classic car fan you want to do more than just talk about old cars– you want to take them on the road and drive them. When you are a collector car enthusiast getting behind the wheel of one of your classics and going on a road trip is a lot of fun, especially when your destination involves indulging your passion in vintage automobiles and trucks.

With the above in mind, if you want to have the automotive experience of a lifetime you should consider making the trek to Los Angeles to visit the Peterson  Museum.

Mullin Automotive Museum

The next Rétromobile, the car show that takes place each year in Paris, will feature some exciting car models from the Mullin Automotive Museum. The museum, located in Oxnard, California is generously showing the cars to lucky viewers, and many of the cars haven’t been shown in France since they were new, some almost a century ago! The 10 cars from the museum are sure to bring child-like glee from viewers of all ages. Among them are some of the most valuable and special cars in the world. Over the next few posts, we will highlight some of our favorites from the collection, so be sure to keep checking back!

The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum

When you examine the evolution of the automotive industry in the United States, the Detroit-area Big Three and their multiple divisions immediately come to mind, but there were some other companies that made a huge impact in the earlier days as well, and they weren’t all from Michigan. One of them is the Auburn Automobile Company, which was founded in Auburn, Indiana in 1900. The impetus for what became Auburn actually started even earlier, back in 1875 when Charles Eckhart started the Eckhart Carriage Company along with his two sons, who were named Morris and Frank.