A visit to the Gilmore Car Museum

Actually, the Gilmore isn’t a single car museum—it’s a big, beautiful campus with lots of great automotive attractions. Mac’s Motor City Garage pays a visit.  

 

When MCG visited the Gilmore recently to do a feature on the new American Legends exhibit starring famous Midwestern hot rods, it was a perfect opportunity to take in the rest of the facility and do some catching up. Unlike a lot of museums, the Gilmore isn’t a static, unchanging edifice. It’s a vibrant and growing enterprise, and with each visit there are more things to experience.

Tucked away in little Hickory Corners, Michigan in the southwestern corner of the state, the Gilmore sits on 90 acres in a storybook setting, with eight large red barn-like buildings spread around the grounds to house the museums and displays. They include:

+   The Heritage Center/Main Museum: Here you’ll find the front entrance and admission to all the collections. The main museum houses American passenger cars, taxis, big Classics including Duesenbergs, and also includes a rotating gallery for exhibits like the American Legends hot rod show.

+   The Steam Barn, which features rare autos, mostly American, from the 1890s to 1915.

+   The Franklin Collection, an entire wing devoted to America’s great air-cooled cars, including engine displays and a bare Franklin chassis with its amazing wooden frame.

+   The Model A Ford Museum, a more recent addition to the Gilmore complex, is set up like an old-time Ford dealer with antique service equipment and neat cutaway displays. Vintage Ford heaven.

+   The Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) Museum features the big Capital-C Classics the club is noted for: Auburn, Lincoln, Cadillac, and more.

+   On the grounds, an authentic vintage Shell service station and a real 1941 stainless steel diner that serves lunch every day from 11 AM to 4 PM.

+  The Carriage House, where Cadillacs and LaSalles are currently housed, and another entire building devoted to classic motorcycles.

…and much more—too much to describe here. And there’s more on the way. A Lincoln Museum and a Cadillac-LaSalle Museum, both of them major undertakings we hear, are also in the works. The Gilmore also hosts a number of major events, including the Corvair International Meet this month and the Relix Riot traditional hot rod show each August. The campus is the perfect setting for any kind of collector car show or meet.

To learn more about the Gilmore and plan your visit, head over to the official website. Meanwhile, you can check out just a few of the great cars and attractions in the gallery below.

 

1916 Packard Twin-Six racer cockpit
1932 Buick Model 90 Club Sedan
1903 Pierce Stanhope
1920 Roamer Sport Touring
vintage Shell service station
1905 Franklin Type A Runabout
1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible
1938 Checker Y-8 Taxicab
1916 Packard Twin-Six racer
1932 Duesenberg J Murphy Victoria
1903 Ford Model A rear entrance tonneau
1940 Cadillac Model 62 Four-door sedan
1903 Cadillac Runabout with Tonneau
11967 AC Shelby Cobra 427 SC
1934 Packard Two-Place Dietrich Coupe
1931 Franklin Airman 12-A Six engine air-cooled
1903 Oldsmobile Curved Dash Runabout
1958 Ariel Square Four Mk II
George and Sally's Diner
1922 Lincoln Four-Passenger Phaeton
1910 FN motorcycle
1940 American Bantam Standard Coupe
1946 Stout Scarab Experimental Sedan
1934 Auburn Twelve Cabriolet
1928 Ford Model A Tudor Sedan
1919 Essex Touring Car
1952 Hudson Hornet Mashall Teague colors
1942 Hudson Super Six Station Wagon
1974 Coyote-Foyt V8 Indy car
1957 Ford Thunderbird
1936 Terraplane Series 62 two-door sedan
1935 Auburn 851SC Boat Tail Speedster
1935 Duesenberg Model JN Cabriolet Convertible
1931 Ford Model A Convertible Sedan
1932 Pierce-Arrow Model 54 Convertible Sedan
1958 Corvette Concept Fancy Free
1912 Pierce motorcycle
1930 Pierce-Arrow Model B Cabriolet Coupe
1931 Franklin Series 153 Deluxe Custom Roadster
1927 Hudson Supercharged Tourer Special
1963 Studebaker Avanti Sport Coupe

1916 Packard Twin-Six racer cockpit

1932 Buick Model 90 Club Sedan

1903 Pierce Stanhope

1920 Roamer Sport Touring

vintage Shell service station

1905 Franklin Type A Runabout

1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible

1938 Checker Y-8 Taxicab

1916 Packard Twin-Six racer

1932 Duesenberg J Murphy Victoria

1903 Ford Model A rear entrance tonneau

1940 Cadillac Model 62 Four-door sedan

1903 Cadillac Runabout with Tonneau

11967 AC Shelby Cobra 427 SC

1934 Packard Two-Place Dietrich Coupe

1931 Franklin Airman 12-A Six engine air-cooled

1903 Oldsmobile Curved Dash Runabout

1958 Ariel Square Four Mk II

George and Sally's Diner

1922 Lincoln Four-Passenger Phaeton

1910 FN motorcycle

1940 American Bantam Standard Coupe

1946 Stout Scarab Experimental Sedan

1934 Auburn Twelve Cabriolet

1928 Ford Model A Tudor Sedan

1919 Essex Touring Car

1952 Hudson Hornet Mashall Teague colors

1942 Hudson Super Six Station Wagon

1974 Coyote-Foyt V8 Indy car

1957 Ford Thunderbird

1936 Terraplane Series 62 two-door sedan

1935 Auburn 851SC Boat Tail Speedster

1935 Duesenberg Model JN Cabriolet Convertible

1931 Ford Model A Convertible Sedan

1932 Pierce-Arrow Model 54 Convertible Sedan

1958 Corvette Concept Fancy Free

1912 Pierce motorcycle

1930 Pierce-Arrow Model B Cabriolet Coupe

1931 Franklin Series 153 Deluxe Custom Roadster

1927 Hudson Supercharged Tourer Special

1963 Studebaker Avanti Sport Coupe

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