Miller Motors of Ypsilanti, Michigan, the world’s oldest Hudson dealership, will soon become the National Hudson Motor Car Company Museum. Here’s more.
The Hudson Essex Terraplane Historical Society (HETHS) and the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum (YAHM) have joined forces to establish the National Hudson Motor Car Company Museum, the groups have announced. The new museum will occupy the original, western portion of the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum, which for decades was Jack Miller’s Miller Motors, the world’s oldest operating Hudson dealership.
Meanwhile, the east wing of the facility will continue to house the collections of the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum, which celebrates the history of Ypsilanti’s local auto industry, including Tucker, the giant Willow Run plant, Kaiser-Frazer, Hydramatic, and Corvair.
The grand opening of the National Hudson Motor Car Company Museum is scheduled for the weekend of September 21, sharing a date with YAHM’s famed Ypsilanti Orphan Car Show in nearby Riverside Park. The annual Ypsi Orphan Show, also pioneered by auto historian and personality Jack Miller, is recognized as the finest show of its kind in America.
The former Miller Motors showroom will be decorated annually to feature one model year in Hudson history, including a Hudson vehicle and décor for that period. YAHM President Ron Bluhm said, “Our partnership provides us an opportunity to enhance our Hudson collection and place our museum on the national stage with other major auto museums.”
You can find more info about the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum, including exhibits, directions, and visiting hours, at the museum website.