July 2012 – October 14, 2012
Sponsored by Klick-Lewis and Hank Hallowell
“See the USA in your Chevrolet” is the song by Dinah Shore that many of us associate with the iconic Chevrolet brand. We’re going to bring back the memories with our 100 Years of Chevrolet Exhibit opening June 15th. More than 30 great cars, automobilia and fine art will tell the Chevrolet story from the past 100 years. Pinky Randall, Mr. Chevrolet in the Collector Car Hobby, will be the Honorary Curator.
A full list of exhibit vehicles is listed below, but here are a few of the cars to be included in the Exhibit include: 1912 Little . . . owned by Robert Little, 1915 Royal Mail Roadster, 1918 V-8 Touring, 1935 The First Suburban, 1954 Corvette, 1961 Impala SS, 1963 Impala SS (50 millionth Chevrolet), 1970 Chevelle LS-6, the Earnhardt Corvette, Reeses’ Nascar, and the Monza GT Concept Car from the General Motors Heritage Collection.
The oldest vehicle in the exhibit will be a 1912 Little Roadster. The Little Car Company was founded on October 30, 1911, by William C. Durant and William H. Little. The Museum will have a 1912 Little Roadster; despite the brand name of “Little” the Little cars were of an average size of the early 1900’s. The 1912 Roadster has a wheelbase of 90 inches, 4-cylinder, and 20 hp engine. By 1913 the Little Car Company sold around 3,500, cars and the company was combined with Chevrolet. Even though Little Car Company combined with Chevrolet, Chevrolet kept many of Little’s ideals; one being an affordable car.
By 1935, there was an overwhelming public demand for a heavy-duty truck based vehicle. There were more and more people moving to the suburbs, and the public needed a larger vehicle to carry around more stuff. Chevrolet answered this question with the Suburban. The Museum will have the very first Suburban ever produced, a prototype. The 1935 Suburban could seat a maximum of 8 passengers, and had a 75 x 77 inch cargo space, plus removable seats. Radio, heater, clock and rear bumpers were considered extras. The Suburban was the heaviest Chevrolet weighing 3,255 pounds, and the most expensive, $670, of the entire Chevrolet line.
June 10, 1963 was a big day for Chevrolet; their 50 Millionth Car was built, an Impala SS, which will also be on display at the Museum. This Impala was built at the Tarrytown, New York plant, and was first driven by New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller. The 1963 Impala had crisp lines with pointed front and rear fenders, rear taillight panel made out of aluminum surround by chrome, it was easily the most popular body style of the Impala ever.
Other special cars in this exhibit include the Earnhardt Corvette (c-5) Race Car that will be on display was the last racer that Dale Earnhardt, Sr. finished a race in before his death in the 2001 Daytona 500. The Monza GT Concept Car was introduced at the New York Auto Show in 1963 and holds a special place in overall concept car history.
Special Soap Box Derby Display
There will even be a special Soap Box Derby Display in the Exhibit. Chevrolet was the lead sponsor of Soap Box Derby Events across America from 1934 through the ‘70s when it stopped.
Peter Maier the world renowned fine artist will have two of his life sized Corvette Concept Car paintings on display in the Cammack Gallery. You will also be able to see some of David Snyder’s Chevrolet art work on display throughout the Museum. In addition, you will see Chevrolet automobilia from Pinky Randall and Ron Smith that includes dealer recognition awards, billboard and magazine advertisements, customer promotional items and period TV commercials.
ALL Chevrolet Car Show
Sunday, July 22, 2012
What would an exhibit like this be without a gathering of Chevrolet enthusiasts? The Museum is hosting a non-judged ALL Chevrolet Car Show on the Museum grounds on Sunday, July 22nd. This show will be open to anything Chevrolet and anyone is welcome to participate in what promises to be a great day. Register Now!
Pre-registration end July 8, 2012.