Adopt A Car

Gilmore Car Museum is introducing an Adopt A Car program for the first time in museum history. Up for adoption are 20 cars from the museum’s permanent collection.


While the definition of an orphan car is up for debate, generally an orphan car is one that has outlived its maker. Some of the most recognizable orphan makes include Packard, Studebaker, Hudson, Pierce-Arrow, Overland, and Edsel. The list also includes the newer and more recognizable names of Oldsmobile, Plymouth, and Saturn. At one time there were roughly 2,000 automakers in the United States. The brands currently in production that started life as American-based companies are down to just several – Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Ford, Lincoln, and Tesla.


The benefits of adoption are numerous and it’s a great way to support the museum. Several intangible benefits are reliving old memories, being an active part of the living history of the automobile, and “owning” a classic to name a few.  There is also the option of adoption in memory or honor of someone which can be a unique and personal gift.

Adoption may be done in person, by mail or by phone. Pricing levels are $300, $500, and $1,000 and will include the following benefits:

  • Correspondence packet:
    • Adoption certificate
    • Photo of your car
    • Eight (8) passes to visit Gilmore Car Museum
  • Signage displayed with car
  • Photo of vehicle for display
  • Be a part of Gilmore Car Museum

Click HERE for Adopt-A-Car Application! 

The 20 cars available for adoption:

$300 Level

1927 Erskine 50 – Adopted for Christopher Smolinski

1940 American Bantam – Adopted by Scott F. Allen

1947 DeSoto Suburban – Adopted by The Schaffer Family

1958 Edsel Pacer – Adopted in honor of Ashton Ludwig

1959 Metropolitan – Adopted by LaMar Wyse

$500 Level

1913 Michigan R – Adopted by Gordon R. Skinner and Christopher J. Zagors in memory of Alvin H. Rockwell, M.D. and his son Donald C. Rockwell, M.D.

1916 Packard Racer – Adopted by Al and Earl Higdon 

1916 Franklin Sport Phaeton

1917 Mercer

1921 Roamer Speedster

1923 Checker Taxi – Adopted by Checker Car Club of America

1925 Locomobile Model 48

1925 Pierce-Arrow Sport Roadster

1930 Pierce-Arrow Cabriolet

1930 Packard Custom Eight – Adopted by Bruce R. Wiegand

1940 Packard Model 1807

$1,000 Level

1906 Columbia XLVII

1929 Duesenberg J-111 – Adopted by David C. Kingsley, P.h.D in honor of Marcie, Peggy and Kathleen Kingsley

1948 Tucker ’48 – Adopted by Rand and Cindy Sage Winters

1982 DeLorean DMC-12 – Adopted by Matt Turnquist and Family