Bob McDorman’s amazing Chevrolet and Corvette Memorabilia Collection

Bob McDorman’s amazing Chevrolet and Corvette Memorabilia Collection

Bob McDorman’s Corvette (and Chevrolet) Memorabilia Legacy

Bob McDorman Chevrolet

Bob McDorman LOVED Chevrolet and LOVED Corvettes. He owned and operated one of Ohio’s largest Chevrolet dealerships for nearly fifty years. His “Bob McDorman Chevrolet” dealership in the small Columbus suburb of Canal Winchester housed one of the world’s largest, most complete Corvette collections.

Bob amassed a collection of TWELVE serial #1 Corvettes; Bill Mitchell’s experimental 1964 Corvette Stingray XX; Bunkie Knudsen’s 1963 Corvette; a 1938 cabriolet styling car; and hundreds of other celebrity-owned and one-of-a-kind Corvettes and Chevrolets. His collection of Chevrolet dealership memorabilia and signage was equally world-class.

Bob’s multi-million dollar collection was on full display yearly at his Corvette show that brought tens of thousands of enthusiasts to his dealership. His yearly show benefited the local Columbus Children’s Hospital and featured a Corvette show, vendors, and a live concert on property. Many years, a NEW CORVETTE was the prize for the winning Corvette in the show!

Bob McDorman Automotive & Memorabilia Museum

Bob sold his dealership to the Jeff Wyler Group in 2011 and immediately moved his car and memorabilia collection to his 24,000 square foot museum in the heart of downtown Canal Winchester. Sadly, the museum closed shortly after Bob passed away in May of 2015. The images below are a small part of his memorabilia collection.

Click this link to read our previous article featuring Bob’s vehicles.

Outside the Bob McDorman Automotive Museum in Canal Winchester, Ohio

Swarovski Corvete

The Swarovski Crystal Corvette!

Larry Shinoda signed print

Autographed print from Larry Shinoda- designer of the 1963!

Beautifully restored gas pump

Model of Bob's Garage

Scale model of Bob’s “Office” at McDorman Chevrolet

Ultra-rare Chevrolet Dealer Award from the early 1960s

Amazing neon signs


Goofy in a Vette! Model of McDorman Chevrolet

Model of McDorman Chevrolet

Garage detail

Highhly detailed restoration diorama

Bob McDorman Newspaper Article

Columbus, Ohio newspaper reprint

Case of collectibles

All sorts of diecasts

More Cases

MORE diecasts

Another Shionoda Print

Another print signed by Larry Shinoda

I believe that a Denver company made these long ago

Amazing number of signs


Bob's neon signs

More original Dealership signage

More cases

There were many cases of diecasts

More neons

More neon signs were being hung during our visit!

The entire 1950’s collection with original display

Bob was a huge supporter of the National Corvette Museum

This company created many different versions with clowns and other vehicles

Pin collectionAll sorts of Chevrolet Pins

Spend a few minutes trying to identify everything in this image

Bob McDorman surrounded by some of his Chevy memorabilia

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