Preview: The 2017 Ypsilanti Orphan Car Show

Coming next Sunday, September 17:  The greatest collector car event of its kind, the Ypsilanti Orphan Car Show. Here’s a preview with all the info you’ll need and a sneak-peek photo gallery.



WHAT: The 2015 Ypsilanti Orphan Car Show

WHEN: Sunday, September 17, 2017, 9 AM to 4 PM

WHERE: Riverside Park, Ypsilanti, Michigan (map here)

HOW MUCH: $6 per adult, children under 12 free


What is an orphan car, anyway?  Orphan is our loving name for the castoffs and misfits of the collector car world—the lapsed and failed brands that make automotive history so rich and fascinating. The strict definition of an orphan make can get a bit complicated, but we leave those details to the show’s expert organizing team. As veteran attendees of the Ypsi Orphan Show, here’s what we know you will find on the display field at Riverside Park:

Packards, Studebakers, Hudsons, Nashes, Hupmobiles, Kaisers, Frazers, Willys-Overlands, Reos, King Midgets, Maxwells, Tuckers, Franklins, Corvairs, Edsels…

And many, many more forgotten and obscure automotive makes. Truly, here is an opportunity to see cars you just won’t find anywhere else. The Ypsilanti Orphan Car Show is widely regarded around the collector car world as the finest event of its kind. Copied, but never duplicated. For more background, you can check out the event’s Facebook page. 

Below is a small sample of the vehicles you’ll see at the show. Click on any image to start a slide show.


2 thoughts on “Preview: The 2017 Ypsilanti Orphan Car Show

  1. The only way I’d miss this show would be if I was out of the country. If you’re a true car enthusiast and with a half day’s travel to the Detroit area, you need to be there.

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