Clean Little Secret

Hidden in plain sight, on the I-17N access road just North of Bell Road in Phoenix, is a fabulous way to while away an afternoon if you like really beautiful old cars. The Martin Auto Museum is very deceiving from the outside, but from the moment you step in the front door and you are greeted by a friendly person sitting behind the ’57 Chevy desk, you realize that this place is something special. The 4 exhibit halls are stuffed with outstanding collectible cars and automotive memorabilia, each item better than the next.  From an 1886 Benz (Yup, 1886) that is reproduced in exquisite detail, to the 1930 Dusenberg Boattail worth around a half million dollars, to a whole row of Corvettes, every step deeper into this place reveals another treasure. American muscle cars, turn of the century racers, (the last century, not this one), European, American, 4’s, 6’s, 8’s, Hemi, flathead, wood, steel, and carbon fiber; it’s all here. You can look at their website here…

but the website just doesn’t do it justice, nice as it is. Check the hours on their site. Lately, they have been open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from Noon to 5pm. They request a $5.00 “donation,” which is an incredible bargain, since it looks to me like they plow every penny and more back into upkeep and improvements. To whet your appetite, here’s the door panel from the Duesy. 20150212_122611

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