Like a bottle of fine champagne, antique cars should be prominently displayed and only taken outside if they’re being slammed into the bow of a majestic yacht. Feast your eyes on worthy collectibles with today’s Groupon to Ft. Lauderdale Antique Car Museum. Inside an 30,000 square foot building, this castle of collectibles recreates a 1920s showroom stocked with luxurious Packard cars, while also showcasing thousands of pieces of automotive memorabilia. Drop by to peruse a collection of American-made Packard models dating back to the turn of the 20th century, as well as a variety of exhibits displaying tire ashtray emblems, door handles, gas station signs, a Franklin D. Roosevelt memorial room , and much more, though the rock ‘n roll-loving vehicles possessed by evil spirits so common in the 1950s are no longer on display.
Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum
Arthur Stone spent six decades assembling the collection of classic Packard autos that makes up the Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum. His love for the Packard's combination of engineering and elegance has resulted in the United States' largest Packard collection, containing one model from each year of the company's 58-year existence. The museum's 30,000-square-foot space mirrors the look of a 1920s Packard showroom, with heraldic-style gas-station signs hanging above gleaming specimens of auto history, all restored to full working order.
Models such as the 2201 Woodie wagon from 1948 demonstrate the manufacturer's innovation amid changing times, and the 1909 18 Speedster evokes an era when saddled cheetahs shared roads with cars. Original concept-design drawings line the walls, and an expansive library contains shelves laden with periodicals and fascinating reading materials.