April 15, 2016

Bob McDorman Automotive Museum: An Overview

I recently visited the Bob McDorman Automotive Museum, which may as well be called “The Corvette Museum”. The owner, Bob’s love for Corvettes is obvious by the list of cars below:

  • 1936 Chevrolet CPU
  • 1947 Chevrolet Woody Cl CPE
  • 1949 Chevrolet Convertible
  • 1949 Chevrolet PU
  • 1950 Chevrolet Bel Air SPT CPE
  • 1953 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
  • 1953 Buick Skylark
  • 1953 Oldsmobile Fiesta Convertible
  • 1954 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible HT
  • 1955 Chevrolet Nomad SW, AC
  • 1957 Chevrolet Cameo PU
  • 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible
  • 1960 Chevrolet Corvair Monza CPE
  • 1962 Chevrolet Corvette CPE
  • 1963 Chevrolet Corvette CPE FAC AC
  • 1970 Chevrolet El Camino SS 396
  • 1972 Chevrolet Corvette LT1 CPE
  • 1978 Chevrolet Corvette CPE
  • 1978 Chevrolet Corvette CPE PC
  • 1978 Chevrolet Corvette CPE Pace Car
  • 1982 Chevrolet Corvette CPE
  • 1986 Chevrolet Corvette PC Rahal
  • 1988 Chevrolet Corvette CPE
  • 1990 Chevrolet Corvette
  • 1991 Chevrolet S10 PU
  • 1993 Corvette CPE
  • 1996 Corvette Convertible
  • 1996 GS Corvette Convertible
  • 1996 GS Corvette CPE
  • 2001 S10 PU
  • 2003 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
  • 2003 Chevrolet SSR PU
  • 2006 Chevrolet SSR PU
  • 2007 Chevrolet Corvette CPE Z06
  • 2012 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 CPE
  • 2012 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
  • 2013 Chevrolet Corvette CPE
  • 2013 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible

 

Bob’s Corvette love is so great, he was even inducted into the Corvette Hall of Fame in 2012—how crazy is that?

From the moment I walked in with my girlfriend and my friend (who works at 2 Brothers Auto), I knew this was going to be a special trip. We were all overwhelmed by the lighting and the sparkling of the cars and neon signs. Bob even owns one sign that was appraised at over $100,000 dollars. THAT’S INSANE. The amount of wealth and history in the room was incredible.

We were taken through all 7 generations of the Corvette, beginning with the 1953.

1st Generation (1953–1962)

Originally designed for the New York Auto Show, the 1st generation of Corvettes created a demand from the public that started making Chevrolet very good money.

2nd Generation (1963–1967)

Smaller than the 1st generation of Corvettes, the 2nd generation saw the introduction of the legendary Stingray.1963-chevrolet-corvette-sting-ray-sport-coupe-3

3rd Generation (1968–1982)

Engines and chassis components were mostly carried over from the previous generation, but the body and interior for the 3rd generation of Corvettes were brand-spanking new. This saw a record high in sales for Chevrolet.

4th Generation (1984–1996)

Behold, the return of the convertible! Known for its evolved, sleek and modern look, the 4th generation corvette’s sales declined, yet it won many fans that eventually bought in later generations.

5th Generation (1997–2004)

Chevy mixed things up with the C5, adding a box frame design that improved the structural platform for the convertible body style.

6th Generation (2005–2013)

Introducing the coupe Corvette! With sales declining, Chevy needed to innovate. Their solution was the Zr1. Just look at that beauty.

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7th Generation (2014–present)

The most recent generation of Corvettes features three technologies new to the GM V8, though widely available on other engines in the marketplace: direct injection, variable valve timing, and an active fuel management system.

 

Overall, a good trip and a museum that I would highly recommend to any car lovers, whether you’re a Chevy Corvette fan or not.