1963 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z06

It’s well known that Michigan is home of the automobile in the US just as much as we know basketball belongs to Indiana and corn to Iowa.  As the number and years of production and development that have taken place in the Michigan area have passed, many car museums have popped up and one such that has a beautiful collection of some of the best cars ever is the Gilmore Car Museum.  This museum is located in Hickory Corners, MI in what at one time was farmland in between Detroit and Chicago.  What this museum has to offer is absolutely amazing; here is  a look at ten cars you must check out if you get the chance to visit the museum.

1963 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z06 – Not only does this car represent a particular thumbing of the nose at the SSCA which banned factory-backed racing in 1963 it showed off as a car that was born to race and came race ready right from the factory.  With original part and setup still intact this is a work of art in the museum.

1932 Ford Three- Window “Little Deuce Coupe” – This model was the cover car for the 1963 Beach Boys’ album and carried through with a great history and tradition.  In the late 1950s the built was modified to add stacked headlights, side trim and a front grill.  This car is one that makes the rounds at car shows, museums and events around the country.

1931 Franklin Series 153 Deluxe Pirate Sedan – The Franklin cars of the time were purchased and prized by pilots as they carried a similar engineering and aircooled engines as the planes they worked on and flew.  This particular model also represents one of the first concept cars ever made and has a unique looking two-toned paint job.

1915 Brewster Country Club Roadster – As a small company and one that was determined to put out a high quality product, Brewster & Company only produced 500 cars between 1915 and 1925 which was the year Rolls-Royce purchased the company.  At the time this car would have sold for $9,700 which is equal to $230,000 today.

1937 Railton Rippon Special Limousine – Not often do you have a product that is from a company that dates back to the 1500s, but the Rippon Brothers of Yorkshire is such a company.  This special limousine was commissioned for Colonel Reginald Rippon himself.  This limo was full of amazing luxury features and will blow you away if you get the chance to see it in person.

1926 Wills Sainte Claire Model T-6 4-Door Phaeton – As another small company, Wills Sainte Claire was founded by C. Harold Wills after he left Ford in 1919.  The only problem with the company was Wills seemed to have trouble getting out of his own way, but his perfectionist nature is present in this beautifully kept automobile.

1946 Stout Scarab Experimental – Once World War II was over William Stout went to work building a car that had a completely fiberglass body.  Many don’t remember this car, but it predated the Corvette by several years and also feature the first functioning air suspension system and was a car that was easily ahead of its time.

1948 Tucker 48 – This car was one that should have gone much farther, at least the concepts involved should have, but with some bad press the Tucker company collapsed.  This car offered a passenger crash chamber, pop out windshield, swiveling center headlight and rubber engine mounts for this rear engine cruiser.

1933 Cadillac Series 90 V16 Aero-Dynamic Coupe – This is a show car that was built for the World’s Fair in Chicago to showcase the best Cadillac had to offer.  Even though it met with incredible success and applause there were only nineteen every built, but this is a car that certainly shows off what was coming at the time.

1963 Chrysler Turbine – This car represents an attempt at using a variety of fuels for a car that was to run hard and fast.  This car was made to run on kerosene, jet fuel, vegetable oil, diesel, unleaded gasoline and even liquor.  Although in theory it sounded great those who tested it did not enjoy the vacuum-like exhaust system or an engine that rand as many as 44,000 rpm.

When you want a bit of automotive history and a look at some cars that certainly shaped the auto industry for many years a ride to the Gilmore Car Museum could do you some good.  With a wide variety of models to review you may find one of these as the most interesting, or you might find your own favorite when you take a look around at the museum.

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