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My Classic Car: How My Pop’s 1959 Cadillac Inspired a Museum

My Classic Car: How My Pop’s 1959 Cadillac Inspired a Museum

(Editor’s notice: With this tale, we’re relaunching the My Vintage Automobile collection, in which we ask viewers to share the stories of their basic cars and trucks by applying the hyperlink at the close of this posting.)

Significantly less than two yrs after being the new owner of my grandfather’s 1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville, I had the chance to get started a museum inspite of the truth I only owned the one car or truck. I came up with the concept of a motor vehicle museum equipped by saved autos. This was a company I individually would have been intrigued in considering the fact that my automobile took up the complete garage, and most storage solutions pack the vehicles into a warehouse and no a person sees them. I wanted to be able to share my Pop’s automobile with people today even if I wasn’t driving it.

1959 Cadillac Coupe, My Classic Car: How My Pop’s 1959 Cadillac Inspired a Museum, ClassicCars.com Journal

In 2017 I started Miles By Time Automotive Museum. I experienced no concept what I was suppose to do so I did a ton of investigation to see what other museums were being accomplishing to help give me an strategy of where to start.

Fairly than waste the investigate immediately after I was carried out, I made the decision to develop automotivemuseumguide.com which now lists each automotive museum in North The us by point out, region, specialty and incorporates an interactive map. I did this so site visitors could obtain the lesser acknowledged automotive museums and obtain the nearest museum no matter in which they are. I use the map just about every time I consider a road trip to see what museums I can visit alongside the way.

A few a long time just after starting off Miles By means of Time, I moved the museum to its existing spot in Clarkesville, GA inside of of an old textile mill. What aids preserve the museum open up daily, all yr very long is that it’s really inside of an antique/flea marketplace.

As of November 2021, I took above the antique/flea marketplace the museum was moved into. This enabled the museum to increase again, and I scraped the flea market place to produce Vintage Garage Antiques which aids assistance the museum and provides to the expertise of visiting the museum.

I nonetheless only have my Pop’s 1959 Cadillac, but the museum is a 501c3 nonprofit and a handful of motor vehicles have been donated to the museum, like a Ford Ghia Arioso (1 of 1 principle car), a 1958 Studebaker Golden Hawk, a NASCAR and even a Warm Rods Journal Go Kart that was donated by the Petersen Museum. All of the other vehicles on show are on personal loan, consequently adjust regularly by individuals all more than the country. One of the most specific vehicles on show in the museum suitable now is a 1967 GT500 Mustang that was initially owned by Carroll Shelby and can be viewed in the previous television set commercials.

Miles Through Time Automotive Museum was produced and carries on to grow irrespective of not acquiring a car or truck assortment, a wealthy benefactor or any practical experience. Today, there are a several board members, volunteers and a lot of people today that enable make the museum probable. There is not another museum in the world fairly like Miles Via Time.

-Sean M., Georgia

1959 Cadillac Coupe, My Classic Car: How My Pop’s 1959 Cadillac Inspired a Museum, ClassicCars.com Journal
Sean’s grandfather with the Cadillac

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