Open Tue-Sun 1:00-4:00 pm; Closed Monday and Holidays
Apex Motors
Kaiser Frazer
Whatever you drive, your car contains the evolutionary history of more than a hundred car companies that contributed innovation and design enhancements for over a hundred years.
Some of these companies are no longer household names.  But many remain legends.  As a thriving commercial and manufacturing hub, Ypsilanti had a significant influence on these pioneering companies and the men who built them.
The Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum tells the story of these companies, preserves an important era in American history, and presents some beautiful machines.  The museum also includes Miller Motors, a fully preserved pre-war automobile dealership that still operates serving America's vintage Hudson fleet.
1954 Hudson "Jetliner" convertible built by the Hudson Motor Car Company 'Engineering Department' in 1953 as an example of what Hudson's vice president of styling Frank Spring wanted the Hudson Jet to be. No photos or engineering data exist on this car. The car is fully restored and on display now.
Apex Motors, manufacturer of the Ace car was formed in Ypsilanti during October 1919 to supply autos to the northwest United States after World War I.
The Hudson Motor Car Company started during July 1909 producing vehicles until 1954 then merging with Nash-Kelvinator to form American Motors Corporation.
Ypsilanti was home to Preston Tucker, whose lust for speed and innovation led to the 1946 creation of the TUCKER 48, a rear engine car with many original safety features.
The Kaiser-Frazer Corporation was formed in August 1945 when Henry J. Kaiser and Joseph W. Frazer began producing 1947 model Kaiser and Frazer cars for late 1946 delivery.
1,397,698 Corvairs, one of the most innovative automobiles ever produced, called Ypsilanti home.
General Motors "Detroit Transmission Division" began manufacturing "Hydra-Matic" automatic transmissions at Willow Run on November 4, 1953.