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Hemmings Motor News has been around since 1954. We're proud of our heritage, but we're also more than the Hemmings full of classifieds that your father subscribed to. Aside from new editorial content every month in Hemmings, we have three monthly magazines: Hemmings Muscle Machines, Hemmings Classic Car and Hemmings Sports and Exotic Car.

While our editors traverse the country to find the best content for those magazines, we find other oddities related to the old-car hobby that we really had no place for - until now. With this blog, we're giving you a behind-the-scenes look at what we see and what we do during the course of putting out some of the finest automotive magazines you'll ever read.

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A Mysterious Chicken Coupe

Posted September 08, 2021 2:00 PM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: car museums

One of the perks of this job is that we get to visit some fairly incredible collections of cars. And so it was, last week, that we got to spend some quality time at Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan. If you've never been, do what you must to correct that horrible mistake. For those of you who've been fortunate enough to visit the sprawling campus with several buildings, dozens of collections, and everything ranging from the chance to drive a Model T to having lunch at a bona fide vintage and restored roadside diner, you already know how special the place really is.

As we walked the miles of displays, this thing stopped us in our tracks: a '34 Ford hawt rawd, complete with a blown small-block, tasty magnesium on all four corners, and just the right chop, channel, rake, and stance.

Now, famed NASCAR crew chief, owner, and TV host (and one of our favorite people), Ray Evernham, has a few cars on display at the Gilmore right now. Once we got past ogling the restored American Graffiti '58 Chevy that Ron Howard drove in the movie, we spied this thing and kept coming back to it all weekend. The Chicken Coupe is oh-so right in all the ways, but it seems as though its history is still shrouded in a veil of mystery. According to the plaque in front of the car, it's raced some of the more well-known tracks in this here United States, but its origins are unknown.

So, as we tend to do, we'll turn to you, dear Hemmings faithful: What do you know about this car? Have you seen it, in person? Do you know who built it? And exactly when it was built? And where? Once its tenure at the Gilmore is complete, we might have to call Ray and ask for a ride....


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