As GM Authority reported way back in January 2023, General Motors filed to trademark “National Corvair Museum” with the intent on renaming the Corvair Preservation Foundation Museum in Illinois. Now, the rebranded facility is looking for funding to construct a new building for the museum.
Labeled as a capital campaign, this proposed building would provide accommodations for donated vehicles, engine displays, historical artifacts, and production-related archives. At present, the current museum is a rented space, and isn’t large enough to display all the collections. For those interested in supporting this effort, be sure to contact Carl Jones at [email protected] for further details and how to submit a donation.
It’s worth noting that the organization is also open to acquiring an existing building and modifying it to suit its needs.
For reference on the current museum, the facility first opened its doors in 2016 and contains a wide array of Chevy Corvair models, trucks, and powertrain displays, as well as related memorabilia. The museum also added to the Route 66 Historic Traveler’s Tour Guide, making it appeal to more folks outside of Corvair fans and enthusiasts.
“It is with great joy and genuine excitement that we announce the official new name of our ‘National Corvair Museum’, which has just been approved by General Motors,” Corvair Preservation Foundation President and Museum Curator Mike Hall claimed earlier this year. “We look forward to a long and productive partnership with General Motors as Corvair will now have a national home for its display of historical vehicles, engines, artifacts as well as containing an archive for the history of this air-cooled wonder.”
Of course, the Chevy Corvair itself was quite the interesting vehicle back in its day. Spanning two generations across the 1960 and 1969 model years, the Corvair remains the sole American-designed, mass-produced passenger car that featured an air-cooled, rear-mounted engine, and was available in a range of different body styles, including a four-door sedan, two-door coupe, convertible, pickup truck, and even a van.