The Top 5 Car Museums in the USA
Every year, more than two million car enthusiasts flock to car museums all over the country to see the finest cars ever created. Here is a list of our top five amongst all of the car museums in the USA, brought to you by all of us at AutoBody-Review.com.
1. Petersen Automotive Museum, Los Angeles, California
This museum underwent a complete re-design recently, which allowed the owners to add more than 200 historic vehicles to the collection. What people like the most of this museum is that the displays change all the time. Since the museum is not far from Hollywood there are movie cars and celebrities' cars throughout the museum, including a Batmobile, a '32 Duesenberg and a rare 1983 400i Ferrari convertible once owned by rock star Rod Stewart.
2. National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky
Ever since 1981, every Corvette has been produced at the assembly line here, and most visitors combine a guided factory tour with a museum visit. Displays rotate, but you can always see a 1982 Collector's Edition Hatchback, or a '53 convertible displayed in front of a barber shop of similar vintage, plus concept vehicles that were never made.
3. The Harrah Collection in Reno, Nevada
Along with building a hotel-casino empire, William Harrah amassed a formidable collection of vehicles, and 200 of his favorites are displayed here; included is the 1911 Maxwell that was his first acquisition. A "Cars of the Stars" section includes Al Jolson's 1933 V16 Cadillac All-Weather Phaeton, Jack Benny's 1923 Maxwell , the 1949 Mercury driven by James Dean in the 1955 movie Rebel Without a Cause, and a 1961 Ghia hardtop owned by Frank Sinatra.
4. International Motorsports Hall of Fame in Talladega, Alabama
Long before the Will Ferrell movie made Talladega a household name, this track was a favorite of both NASCAR drivers and devotees. The display complex spills over into five buildings, each with a different theme. Track tours are available, except during race weeks in April and October.
5. Henry Ford Museum in Deerfield Village, Michigan
The star of this sprawling 12-acre museum, located alongside Ford headquarters, is the 1909 Model T that put America on the road. But there are hundreds of other historically important vehicles, including the lamented Edsel, the Lincoln limousine John F. Kennedy was riding in when he was assassinated in Dallas in 1963, the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, and one of the few 1948 Tucker sedans produced.
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