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
    • Four (4) passes to visit Gilmore Car Museum
    • Four (4) passes for Ride The Classics
  • Recognition on museum website
  • Signage displayed with car
  • Picture taken with car
  • 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!

1940 American Bantam – ADOPTED!

1947 DeSoto Suburban – ADOPTED!

1958 Edsel Pacer – ADOPTED!

1959 Metropolitan – ADOPTED!

$500 Level

1913 Michigan R – ADOPTED!

1916 Packard Racer 

1916 Franklin Sport Phaeton

1917 Mercer

1921 Roamer Speedster

1923 Checker Taxi

1925 Locomobile Model 48

1925 Pierce-Arrow Sport Roadster

1930 Pierce-Arrow Cabriolet

1930 Packard Custom Eight

1940 Packard Model 1807

$1,000 Level

1906 Columbia XLVII

1929 Duesenberg J-111 – ADOPTED!

1948 Tucker ’48 – ADOPTED!

1982 DeLorean DMC-12 – ADOPTED!