The Tupelo Automobile Museum is located off the Main Street Exit off Highway 45, Tupelo, Mississippi. The museum is over 120,000 square feet of automobile exhibitions and viewing restoration bays. There are over 100 antique, classic and collectible vehicles with rare brands and American favorites.
It took 28 years to establish the museum and was finally opened in December 2007 with the collection of cars being valued at over $6 million. The process began in 1974 when Frank Spain acquired his first car, over the following years Spain and his good friend Max Berryhill spent their time researching and acquiring the 150 rare cars in the collection. The vehicles were kept in different locations throughout the US until support was rallied for the museum.
The museum is owned by a nonprofit foundation the keeps the collection preserved for the future. Scholarships are being developed to assist education for special needs, trades and colleges. The museum appreciates and accepts donations either monetary or automobiles.
Elvis Presley was known as gifting his close friends with automobiles. The museum has a 1976 Lincoln Mark IV that Elvis gave to the museum and the check that he gave the dealership is also displayed in the museum. Elvis's family drove a 1939 Plymouth and a model of this car is on permanent loan to the Elvis Presley Birthplace and Museum in Tupelo.
Some of the cars at the museum include a 1981 DeLorean, the type of car that flew Marty back to the future in the `Back to the Future' movies. The only Camarovette which is a combination of a Camaro and a Corvette is part of the museum, this car is extremely fast. A 1994 Dodge Viper that has never been driven is on exhibit at the museum, this car has never been driven and in the gift shop visitors can purchase a Hot Wheels set.
The museum has the amenities to provide an area for private functions within the museum. These functions may include corporate receptions, company parties and private receptions. Private tours are able to be arranged by appointment.
Events are held throughout the year at the museum and these events include drive in movies, Rags to Riches Tour, White Christmas, Tupelo Blue Suede Cruise and the Corvette Summer event.
The museum has been created to help educate visitors on the history of classic cars and the roles they played in many historic events, along with allowing people to enjoy and appreciate the cars just like Frank Spain and Max Berryhill enjoy their cars.