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National Corvette Museum to highlight GM cars “Gone But Not Forgotten”

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1940 La Salle Series 50 convertible. Photos courtesy National Corvette Museum.

General Motors has been around, in one form or another, since 1908. In its 108-year history, brands and models have come and gone, some beloved by consumers and others largely relegated to the dustbin of history. In recognition of those GM products no longer with us, the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, will be opening an exhibit on October 21 entitled Gone But Not Forgotten.

As Katie Frassinelli, the museum’s marketing and communications manager, explained to us:

The idea behind this exhibit was to feature cars that GM no longer produces. Some were made for a brief amount of time, some were very popular in their day, some were made, then not made, then made again. We have space for 14 cars and had a hard time narrowing down the wish list.

The list of cars (and trucks) scheduled for display includes a 1940 La Salle Series 50 convertible; a 1955-1/2 Chevrolet Series 3100 pickup; a 1987 Buick Grand National; a 1954 Cadillac Eldorado convertible; a 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad station wagon; a 1962 Chevrolet Bel Air “bubbletop;” a 1964 Pontiac GTO; a 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle; a 1967 Buick Wildcat convertible; a 1969 Pontiac Firebird; a 1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass Rallye 350; a 1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS Aerocoupe; a 2002 Collector’s Edition Pontiac Trans Am; and a 2005 Cadillac XLR convertible coupe.

Buick Wildcat

1967 Buick Wildcat convertible.

Most are on loan from museum supporters, arranged with the help of volunteers Brad Adams and Adam Ellison, a former Corvette salesman with Don Franklin Chevrolet in Somerset, Kentucky, who keeps in touch with many of his car-collecting former customers.

Gone but not forgotten

The exhibit is scheduled to run through January 6, 2017, but don’t be surprised if it’s followed in the future by a Gone But Not Forgotten, Part Two. As Katie told us, the museum had so many interesting options to choose from that a second such themed exhibit is likely in the coming years.

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