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Tupelo Automobile Museum closing after 16 years

It's the end of an era for one Tupelo icon.

Posted: Mar 28, 2019 5:35 PM
Updated: Mar 29, 2019 8:42 AM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - It's the end of an era for one Tupelo icon.

The countdown continues until the Tupelo Automobile Museum closes for good.

The museum holds more than 100 years of history, 130 to be exact.

Sunday will be the last day to visit the warehouse that holds an $11 million collection of cars.

Terry Easterling has been a volunteer and tour guide for the museum for six years and he feels it is something very special.

“Without the early era of cars, we wouldn't have the cars that we have today," he said. "Somebody had to start and this museum is the history of that. You'll see them from the 1886 Benz all the way up to the 2014 Toyota Corolla." 

Aside from sharing the history of the 140 cars in the museum with the guests, Easterling spends his time dusting the cars and keeping them shiny as well as making sure the tires are full of air.

People used to come from all over to visit Mississippi’s official car museum, but recently there has been a lot less interest in the classics at the museum.

Director of Collections Stephen Mancusco said things have changed.

"As time goes on, people don’t go to the museums like they used to and we're certainly excited about the response we've had since we're announced our closing, but in general it's a slow process and a very expensive operation to run.” 

Many cars in the museum are in perfect condition, which allows them to hold the value throughout the years.

After Sunday, the cars will be sold in an auction that takes place in Tupelo.

The auction will be held April 25-27. 

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