Celebrate Ypsilanti’s Vehicular History at the Automotive Heritage Museum

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Michigan is a state rich in automotive history and Ypsilanti was a big part of that. Apex. Corvair. Tucker. Do any of these names ring a bell to you? These were all car companies who once had a home in right here in Ypsilanti. They might not be as widely recognizable the way Ford or Dodge are today, but they haven’t been forgotten. Some of the cars they produced have found a home at the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum.

The Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum has 30 cars on display, but also has many other things relating to cars and the auto industry including advertising ephemera, car parts, sales records, and promotional items that all relate to cars manufactured in Ypsilanti.

A major feature of the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum is the National Hudson Motor Car Museum, which is housed in a preserved Hudson car dealership from the 1930s. The highlight of the Hudson Motor Car collection is a 1952 Hudson Hornet that was once driven by NASCAR champion Herb Thomas. Herb Thomas was the inspiration for the hit 2006 Pixar movie Cars.

Although there are always great things to be seen at the museum, they also host lots of great car-related events throughout the year including a Michigan Vintage Volkswagen Car Show in Riverside Park on May 17 and Thursday Evenings Depot Town Cruise Nights from June 1-August 31. Coming up on September 20, there will be an Orphan Car Show at the museum where people will have the chance to see and showcase vintage cars that are either no longer manufactured or imported into the U.S.

The Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum is located at 100 East Cross Street in Ypsilanti. They are open from Tuesday through Sunday from 1:00-4:00 PM. Admission is $5.00 for adults and free for kids 12 and under.

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