As the mecca for Chevy Corvette enthusiasts, the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY allows Corvette lovers to experience the car’s 60 years and seven generations. There’s more to see than ever before now that the museum has received its largest donation of cars ever courtesy of Don Messner.
Messner was diagnosed with melanoma in January of 2012. He passed away this past May, but his Corvette-loving legacy will always live on thanks to his collection of 10 Corvettes being gifted to the museum for permanent display. The Messner Collection includes a custom, race-built 1965 coupe, 1990 ZR-1, 1996 Grand Sport and, his most recent addition, a 2013 60th Anniversary Edition.
Even after being diagnosed with cancer, Messner took delivery of his final Corvette at the museum, which is when he ultimately decided to share his collection with Corvette fans past, present and future. Next year, the museum will run a special exhibit for his cars from May 10 through September 12.