Landmarks on Wheels
Founded in 1998, the Kokomo Automotive Museum displays an eclectic collection of over 100 landmarks on wheels celebrating not only America’s, but Indiana’s, love affair with the automobile. Indiana-built cars in the collection range from a replica of Elwood Haynes’ 1894 “Pioneer” to a 1997 GM EV-1 electric car.
The museum’s Kokomo/Howard County Gallery of Automotive Innovations features 13 authentic Haynes-Apperson, Haynes, and Apperson cars, while the Indiana Gallery shows the best and brightest from throughout the state: Cole, Marmon, Premier, Cord, Lark, Hawk, and even a tiny Crosley to remind us not all Indiana-built cars are chrome-plated classics. The remainder of the museum gives visitors a full step back in time with chronologically displayed classic cars, muscle cars, fabulously finned beauties of the 1950s, a 1950s diner, a 1900s workshop, and a 1920s gas station.
Planning a visit? Consider the museum’s annual “Evening of Fun and Fortune” coming up April 27 and preview the cars that will be for sale at the Hoosier Classic Collector Car Auction on April 28 – a sale in excess of 75 collector cars of all kinds, from Ford Model Ts to modern muscle like the Dodge Hellcat.
The Kokomo Automotive Museum is located on the north side of Kokomo inside the Kokomo Event and Conference Center and is open Tuesday-Sunday from 10am to 4 pm.
Jeff Shively is an Indiana Automotive Board Member and serves as Director of Development at the Kokomo Automotive Museum.
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