Tupelo Automobile Museum closing next year


Al Kwader of Pioneer, Ohio, checks items in the trunk of his 1957 Corvette during a celebration marking the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the Chevrolet Corvette June 27, 2003 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rusty Russell/Getty Images)

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

TUPELO, Miss. — An automobile museum in Mississippi is closing next year, with the co-founder saying it’s no longer “sustainable” for her and some volunteers to operate.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reported the co-founder of the Tupelo Automobile Museum, Jane Spain, plans to sell all 178 vehicles the museum owns, with the proceeds for a charitable education foundation her late husband Frank Spain envisioned.

The museum opened in 2002 but the newspaper reported it’s never had the numbers of visitors needed to be self-supporting.

The auction is set April 25-27. Spain says the museum will stay open until late March or early April, when it closes to prepare for the sale.

Among the collection, an 1886 Benz three-wheeled car, a 1918 Stanley Steamer, a 1929 Dusenberg Model J and a 1957 Corvette.

Latest News

More News