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Luxury car museum opens in Hickory Corners

Updated: Wednesday, August 13, 2014
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HICKORY CORNERS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – A luxury car museum, six years in the making, just opened in West Michigan.
     
The Lincoln Motorcar Heritage Museum is specifically dedicated to Lincoln cars ranging from the 1920s to the present.

“If you're a Lincoln aficionado, this is now your mecca,” says Gilmore Car Museum Marketing Director Jay Follis.

The museum is modeled after a historic 1920s Detroit dealership and makes visitors feel like they’re walking through an early American showroom instead of a museum.

“We have some fantastic stories, fantastic cars out here for people to see,” Follis adds. “We have one that was built in 1939 for the King and Queen of England when they traveled North America. It's a one-of-a-kind car that was built just for them.”

The museum also features a Lincoln Zephyr prototype built for Henry Ford's son Edsel.

“We also have a very rare 1955 Lincoln Continental. It's one of three prototypes that were built and this is the only one that remains,” Follis notes.
     
The two-dozen cars at the museum range from old to new, original and unrestored to individual antique parts.  

The main goal is to preserve the history and legacy of Lincoln cars.

“You instantly feel like you've just stepped back into time,” Follis concludes. “It's not like most museums where they're behind ropes and you can't get near them. This is like a dealership. The majority of our cars you can walk right up to and get very close to history in that way.”
     
The new museum was built by the Lincoln Motorcar Foundation and is located on the grounds of the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners.
     
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