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
The 20 cars available for adoption:
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
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
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
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