Photo by Roy Query.
Construction of the Lincoln Motor Car Heritage Museum, located on the grounds of the Gilmore Automotive Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan, is progressing on schedule for an August 2014 grand opening. With the building’s interior now in the interpretive planning stages, the museum is seeking a few very specific Lincoln models for display, including a road-race Lincoln from the 1950s, in order to paint a comprehensive picture of the luxury automaker.
Artist’s rendering of the Lincoln Motorcar Heritage Museum. Images courtesy of David Schultz.
In the words of Lincoln Motor Car Foundation president David Schultz, “The museum’s success will be achieved based upon how well the story of Lincoln is told.” Covering the brand’s lengthy history will involve the exhibition of Lincoln models representing the four clubs behind the museum: the Lincoln Owners Club, the Lincoln-Zephyr Owners Club, the Lincoln and Continental Owners Club, and the Road Race Lincoln Register. While many of the museum’s planned exhibit vehicles will be loaned from club members, other cars (such as the previously referenced Lincoln road racer) are still needed to complete planned exhibits.
The museum’s exterior on December 21.
The museum is also seeking coachbuilt Lincolns from the 1920s and 1930s to represent the Lincoln Owners Club, and a 1961 Lincoln Continental sedan to represent the Lincoln and Continental Owners Club. At the present time, the Lincoln Motor Car Foundation is working with Group Delphi, a design firm that previously worked with the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum to create exhibits and displays, on the conceptualization of the museum’s interior. Matt Troy, formerly with the ACD Museum, is now working with Group Delphi, bringing his particular automotive museum expertise to the planning process. Jack Juratovic, a member of both the Automotive Fine Art Society and the Lincoln Motor Car Foundation board, is also assisting with interior planning and design, Schultz said.
While the Lincoln Motor Car Foundation has amassed enough capital to complete construction of the museum’s exterior, more funding is necessary to complete the building’s interior and exhibits, as well as to fund ongoing operations. Schultz insists the museum will open on schedule next August, but won’t compromise on the quality of the exhibits to be displayed; in other words, if sufficient funding isn’t obtained, visitors can expect to see fewer exhibits instead of less elaborate ones. The foundation’s ultimate goal is to tell the Lincoln story, and doing so properly requires the generosity of both corporate and private donors.
The interior build-out, as of December 21.
Outside, the Lincoln Motor Car Heritage Museum will be styled after the P.J. Platte (and later, A.W. Reister) Lincoln dealership that used to reside at 3700 West Jefferson Avenue in Detroit, Michigan. In addition, the “Lincoln Stones” that once graced the entrance to Lincoln’s factory administration building in Detroit will be added to the museum’s permanent collection, courtesy of the Gilmore Museum. For additional information on the museum, or to become a donor, visit LZOC.org or the LincolnOwnersClub.com.
UPDATE (6.January, 2014): David Schultz tells us that the Lincoln Motor Car Heritage Museum is also seeking a Leland-built Liberty V-12 engine, assembled by the Lincoln Motor Company at the onset of World War I, prior to its debut as an automaker. As several manufacturers (including Ford, and later in the war effort, Cadillac) built the Liberty V-12 engines, it’s important to note that the museum is seeking one constructed by Henry Leland and Lincoln.
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