Spotlight on Tupelo: Part 3

December 5, 2018

Posted: Dec. 11, 2018 1:35 PM
Updated: Dec. 11, 2018 1:35 PM

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museum, tupelo, lee county your town: ) directorof collections ) the tupelo automobile museum has been a staple attraction for the city of tupelo since it first opened in 2002 stephen mancuso - director of collections "frank spain was the founder and built this collection, we have right around 233 cars here at the museum with 178 belonging to the museum itself." spain was a well known member of the tupelo community and was known as the owner of the wtva news station he began his collection in 1974... "and built the collection over the years, prior to internet. so this is really a hunt of cars throughout his life." director of collections stephen mancuso says that he left his job in insurance earlier this year to come share the story of each of the vehicles "so i am really just putting together the true story of each car and most of these cars have previously interesting histories." the cars range as far back as the 1890's and the overall value of vehicles and the signs is roughly 20 million he showed me one of the vehicles that values well over a million dollars "we have a 1951 tucker which is one of 51 that were made, none were sold the factory was hold before tucker ever got an opportunity to mass produce the cars so they are all considered prototypes." the museum receives visitors from all over throughout the year and hearing about everyone first experience is one of mancusos favorite things about working their... "it fascinates me each day when i walk through the front lobby and meet somebody that is here for the first time and they have traveled from every corner you can imagine." he even says that to this day almost every single car can still run... "all of the cars here at the museum will run however we have one car that has a seized motor but truly if somebody had the effort and time to put into it not to mention the
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