Securing America’s Automotive Heritage

America’s Automotive Trust

Our vision is to celebrate America’s love affair with the automobile and to ensure that the love affair continues for generations to come.

When LeMay – America’s Car Museum opened, our goal was to genuinely serve the car collector and enthusiast communities. Beyond showcasing the LeMay collection, we offer educational training programs, provide a gathering place and have created a network with automotive enthusiasts around the world. We were determined to have a broader purpose and showcase more than just the history of one region, a single brand or marque. We have always been more than just a museum.

As we grew our community of automotive enthusiasts, we saw a need to preserve the passion of collectible cars and the mark that automobiles have left on American life in the 20th century.

This vision has led to a new structure that better encompasses our strategic goals.

America’s Automotive Trust is a not-for-profit corporation committed to promoting and securing America’s automotive heritage. The trust encompasses a number of distinct entities, including LeMay-America’s Car Museum, which will undertake unique aspects of our overarching vision.




Preserving America’s Car Heritage

We want to be at the center of the movement to secure America’s automotive heritage and to promote the continued enjoyment of the automobile.

Automobiles revolutionized transportation and everyday life in America. The car symbolized freedom, choice and adventure.

America’s Automotive Trust sees an important opportunity to ensure that America’s automotive legacy is celebrated and that vintage, and modern, collectible vehicles will be driven and enjoyed for generations to come.




Why America's car heritage needs to be preserved

America’s Automotive Trust and its entities rely on the generosity of our donors to serve the community and secure America’s automotive heritage through our programs.

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Look Under the Hood

America’s Automotive Trust is an IRS-qualified 501C3, not-for-profit corporation with a mission to secure America’s automotive heritage. View 2018 Form 990.

The Trust will coordinate and promote like-minded institutions, each with a unique role, to meet and accomplish our mission.
Learn more about the entities that are a part of America’s Automotive Trust.

America’s Automotive Trust will have a self-perpetuating Board of Trustees with representation from all entities associated. In addition, the Trust Endowment creates distinct funds for entities within the Trust and has oversight by the Trusts’ board.




Become a Member

America’s Automotive Trust and its entities rely on the generosity of our donors to serve the community and secure America’s automotive heritage through our programs.

Join the movement, help us secure America’s automotive heritage, and make your tax-deductible gift today.

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Ensuring America’s Automotive History is Preserved

1965 Lotus F2There are many factors that show America’s automotive history is at risk:

  • Our education system emphasizes college-prep and focuses less on the applied arts, crafts and trades. Meaning less young adults are entering the workforce in the areas of restoration and preservation of vintage vehicles, including motorcycles, boats and planes.
  • Car services are becoming more popular and are competing with traditional car ownership.
  • Technological advances have made modern cars more reliable and longer lasting – reducing the need for local repair shops. Hyper-sophisticated safety and environmental requirements make it difficult for a local mechanic to maintain or repair vehicles.
  • Government sponsored museums are dedicated to art, technology, history, air and space, but there is no Smithsonian for the automobile. Many traditional car museums have a limited purpose beyond showcasing the collections of its founders. They’re often static in nature, have limited cultural reference and unfortunately, often collapse with the death of their founders with collections sold and dispersed.