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Corvair Museum Featured

The Corvair Museum was formed in 1994 to house and display Corvair historical and educational material. The Corvair Museum is operated by the Corvair Preservation Foundation and is located in the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Collection (YAHC) of Ypsilanti, Michigan. The YAHC features automobiles and related items with ties to Ypsilanti, including Hudson, Kaiser-Frazer, and Tucker.

Property and income for the museum are obtained solely from donations, primarily from CORSA members. Other individuals and organizations have contributed or lent items to the museum as well.  Exhibits at the museum include vehicles, mechanical displays, literature and artwork.

The Corvair Museum occupies three adjacent buildings in downtown Ypsilanti. The western-most building is Miller Motors, the last Hudson dealership to have operated. The eastern-most building displays Kaiser-Fraser and Tucker cars and memorabilia. The center building is reserved for the more modern Ypsilanti automobiles, especially Willow Run's most famous product, the Corvair.

Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Collection

100 E Cross St., Ypsilanti MI 48198 (734) 482-5200

Tuesday – Sunday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Closed Monday

Suggested donation: Adult $5.00

Visit the YAHC's web site here.


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Super Monza YAHC Corvairs
The Super Monza is a 1960 700 coupe which was made into a prototype Monza by GM Styling Vice President Bill Mitchell. Mechanically stock, GM Styling added a sunroof, special exterior trim and a custom interior. After its debut in the 1960 New York Auto Show and on the cover of Motor Trend, it was acquired by private owners until it was obtained in 1986 for eventual restoration by the CPF. The YAHC had four Corvairs on display:
  • 1960 sedan
  • 1963 convertible
  • 1969 coupe
  • 1969 convertible (on loan)
Several of the Corvair exhibits from our previous location have been set up, but many items are still in storage.
Artwork Cutaway Transaxle
A variety of artwork and posters are on display at the museum. Transaxle Cutaway: It is often difficult to visualize how an engine or transmission looks inside after the vehicle is assembled. This complete cutaway drive train assembly, was built by the Chevrolet Show and Display Department. These assemblies include the transaxle, rear suspension, wheels, and tires in addition to a turbocharged Corvair engine, all enclosed in a Plexiglass display case. The moving parts are driven by hidden electric motors.
Canadair Engine Prototype
Canadair Military Engine: Among other features, this purpose-built Corvair power plant has a special distributor and oil filter system and a belt-driven hydraulic steering pump. Recently located in storage at the Tonawanda, NY Corvair engine plant, it has been cosmetically restored by GM Powertrain (with thanks to Ron Bluhm) and loaned to YAHC and CPF. These are color reproductions of prototype Corvair and emblem designs by GM designers. The emblem design displays also include some prototype emblems that were hand-crafted from brass, plated, and hand-painted.