First of all, that’s Volo, not Volvo.
While there, I spoke to one of the Grams family members who built, own and operate this charming place. I’m forgetting her first name, for which I apologize, but I asked her “what the place was all about.” She described it as a “hobby that just got way out of hand.” No matter, if you are near, or heading anywhere near Chicago, you must plan a day to visit. It’s a car collection, collector car dealer, antique mall, museum, and Hollywood car homage all wrapped into one sprawling, semi-rambling compound about an hour away from the Wonderful Windy City.
You know how it goes; Mr. Gram buys a cool car, then another, then he and his kids restore one, then buy and sell, and more and more, and all of a sudden, you have barns and outbuildings and warehouses full of cars.
There’s a little bit of everything, or maybe more like a lot of everything, here for everyone; everything from Duesenbergs to musclecars, and lots of great TV and movie cars, some actual screen used pieces, some just tributes made up to look like the real thing, but fun no matter what. Some of the museum-craft is a little folksy — don’t expect the Petersen Automotive museum or the Guggenheim here — but it doesn’t matter. It’s charming and the hardware is well worth your visit.
There’s also a diner on site so you can stop for a lunchbreak.
Admission is cheap, and you can also picnic. The property is available for car shows and car club meets and suited perfectly for that. There’s some military stuff to be seen, and lots of trinkets and goodies to buy.
And this is a working collector car dealership too; much of what you’ll see (particularly musclecars) is for sale, most of it very nice, with prices that make some sense at least as a starting point. Open most days, closed most holidays. Hours all on the website.
I love this place!
Volo Auto Museum * 27582 Volo Village Rd, Volo IL 60073 www.volocars.com
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