With summer finally here and vacation time abound, the road is ours for the taking! But if we delve deeper into the roots of our wanderlust for the wide open road of gravel and concrete, we will see a rich car culture that thrives on the curiosity of travel and innovation. There’s no denying, these very foundations of America were built in the great Midwest. From Michigan to South Dakota, these states are dotted with automotive museums full of classic cars and sprint race cars dedicated to the infrastructure of our American history.
One museum in particular honors and perpetuates its legacy of a rich industrial history through a continuously updated display and interpretation like no other. The Studebaker National Museum nestled in a suburb of South Bend, Indiana conserves its illustrious manufacturing heritage of vehicles and archives for an enriched education for our present and future. As an appropriate memorial honoring the men and women who helped to shape history and lay a basis for vision, creativity and energy, this state-of-the-art museum is one of the best classic car museums in the Midwest. First opening in 2005, this museum showcases the old Studebaker Corporation’s private collection, which originated in the 1890s and takes guests on a trip with numerous exhibits, automobiles and archives of engineering drawings, production records, and newspaper articles. With three levels and features that include fully climate-controlled galleries and storage facilities, this museum also pays homage to the Studebaker’s factory buildings with design elements reminiscent of the past.