America’s virulent love affair with Packard automobiles began back in 1899. It is a love that remains strong in many a classic automobile fan’s heart even to this day.
There are countless car clubs, car shows and car museums devoted to the Packard line of automobiles, including Florida’s “Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum.”
Unlike many of the other Packard themed automobile car museums, the “Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum” has been designed and expertly appointed to resemble a 1920’s “Packard Company Show Room.”
It is replete with classic advertising, dealers banners, mechanic’s manuals and brochures.
It is also home to several rare, one of a kind Packard’s that remain in working order.
What follows is a snappy synopsis of what visitors to the “Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum” may find while there.
The “Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum” collection includes twenty two, Pre-war Packard automobiles as well as a replica Texaco Gas Station, Texaco Oil Company memorabilia, automotive library, spark plug room, trophy room, FDR room and the only working 1916 “Packard Model 1-36 Twin Six Town Car Limousine” still in existence today.
Other exhibit highlights at the “Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum” include a 1932 “Packard Model 900 Shovelnose Sedan”, a 1923 “Packard Model 1-26 Doctor’s Coupe”, 1909 “Packard Model 18 Speedster”, wind up dashboard clocks, tire ashtrays, whiskey decanters, dealer banners, automotive advertisements and road signs, Pre-War Chauffer badges, and a self-chassis lubricating, 1929 “645 Dual Cowl Phaeton” that purportedly once belonged to the beer patriarchs of “Schmidt Brewing.”
Hours of Operation
As of 2011 the “Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum” is open year round, Monday through Friday from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm.
Though there is presently no set admission fee, donations are warmly accepted. The monies garnered from donations go towards the upkeep of the museum and the vehicles.
Travelers wishing to learn more about automotive things to see and do in and around Fort Lauderdale should log onto the state’s tourism website.
Furthermore, travelers should bear in mind that hours of operation, admission prices and exhibits are subject to change without advance notice and therefore should be re-confirmed directly with the museum staff prior to one’s trip departure.
Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum
1527 Southwest First Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315
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