Monday, March 21, 2011

Florida Car Museums

Daytona Beach, FL in the 1920s

Florida car museums like Florida itself demonstrate a wonderful diversity providing a window into the state's own unique automobiling past. Little did that mysterious Creek Indian called Grey Eyes know when he aided in the construction of the first roadway into Florida, Old Kings Road, that something called an automobile would some day follow that same path by the million under more horsepower than he could possibly imagine. Though it's true, Florida is far from unique in it's love affair with the car, the state's subtropical allure has kept it's highways humming with 'tin can tourists' and those who never went home again all the way to the present. It's also true, as it is with just about every invention mankind has come up with, competition is all part of the game and whether how big, how beautiful or how fast it can go (as they try to prove in Daytona each year), cars meet all the requirements for showing off. From the Luxurious Packard exhibited at the Ft. Lauderdale Antique Car Museum to Don Garlit's Museum of Drag Racing in Ocala, you'll see a good deal of that 'showing off' at Florida car museums. And for those who just love old cars restored to their original glory, you will find the Classic Car Museum in Sarasota, FL. is still one of the best. Here are a few more,...

Florida Car Museums

Boynton Beach, FL
Verde Classics Car Museum
121 Commerce Drive
Boynton Beach, FL

Daytona Beach, FL
Living Legends of Auto Racing Museum of Racing History
Sunshine Park Mall
2400 S. Ridgewood Ave ( US 1)
South Daytona, FL

Ft. Lauderdale, FL
The Ft. Lauderdale Antique Car (Packard) Museum
1527 Packard Ave. (SW 1ST Ave)
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33315

Miami, FL
The Dezer Collection
2000 NE 146th St
North Miami, FL 33181
(877) DEZER-50

Mount Dora, FL
Mount Dora Museum of Speed
206 North Highland St.
Mount Dora FL 32757

Naples, FL
(Private Collection)
Collier Automotive Museum
2500 S Horseshoe Drive
Naples, FL 34114

Ocala, FL
Don Garlit's Museum of Drag Racing
13700 SW 16th Avenue
Ocala, FL 34473
Tickets: 877-271-3278

Punta Gorda, FL
Muscle Car City
3811 Tamiami Trl
Punta Gorda, FL 33950-7900

Rockledge, FL
Classic Car Museum (private company)
495 Gus Hipp Blvd.
Rockledge, FL 32955

Sarasota, FL
Sarasota Classic Car Museum
5500 North Tamiai Trail
Sarasota, FL 34243

Stuart, FL
The Elliott Museum
825 NE Ocean Blvd.
Stuart, FL 34996
Phone: 772-225-1961

Tallahassee, FL
Tallahassee Automobile Museum
Tallahassee Antique Car Museum
6800 Mahan Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32308

Tampa, FL
Tampa Bay Automobile Museum
3301 Gateway Centre Blvd.
Pinellas Park, FL 33782

Venice, FL
Ideal Classic Cars Museum
Article about the museum
2224 S. Tamiami Trail
Venice, FL
Ideal Classic Cars (Sarasota number): 941-966-1900

(Gone but not forgotten)
Daytona Beach, FL
Mark Martin's Klassix Auto Museum

Also see:
Miami, FL
Ted Vernon / South Beach Classics

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