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World's largest Model A museum opens
HICKORY CORNERS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The world's largest Model A Museum will celebrate its grand opening Saturday at the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners.
The building was created using original Ford blueprints and is designed to look like a 1928 Ford dealership.
The new museum is home to some of the most iconic cars on the planet, including the very first Model A ever built.
Henry Ford himself stamped A1 on its engine in 1927 and then drove it off the assembly line to give it to Thomas Edison, says Jay Follis, marketing director at the Gilmore Car Museum. It's been in storage since 1943, so this is the first time the general public gets to see it.
Follis also shared the side-story behind the famous photo of Ford and Edison shaking hands.
You probably think Edison's saying, Hey thanks for my car! But in reality he's saying, I'd rather have a convertible, Follis says. Lucky for him, the next day they took it back into the shop and switched out the body.
The new museum also features some rare Model As, including a Model A mailtruck, a Model A towtruck and even a Model A schoolbus.
The Model A is neat because everybody can connect to it, says Follis. I know I have no relative in my family that ever owned a Duesenberg but I know I have relatives that owned Model As.
The exhibit gives off the feel of a 1920s Ford showroom, complete with a service department stocked with original parts.
Over behind the counter you can see the hood of a car in a crate that was never opened, Follis points out. In addition, you'll see artifacts from the time period, clothing from the time period and photographs. We play music too so all of that really gives you the feeling that you are there.
The Gilmore Car Museum expects hundreds of Model A owners at the grand opening ceremony Saturday at 11am.
If you arrive in a Model A, you get in free to the event, which includes historic lectures, presentations, tours and live music throughout the day.
For more information, click here: http://www.gilmorecarmuseum.org/html/press_details.php?press_id=53&nav_id=8.