A new museum just opened in Clearwater Florida called the Collections on Palmetto. It's the personal collection of Marvin Feldman. He has 24 cars on display, along with about a dozen steam, traction, and hit-and-miss engines. Public access is by reservation only, but very easy to do from their website. Marvin gave my group of 3 a personal 2-hour tour of his cars. Other than his brother, sister-in-law, and niece, (who all work with him maintaining the museum,) we were the only ones there at the time. He was extremely knowledgeable of each car. He said he still does maintenance on them all with his grandson. They were behind ropes, but only to keep kids from climbing all over them when school groups came through. He took ropes down as we walked through. He had one car (1917 Dodge touring car,) set up as a car for kids to sit in for pictures, etc. He said practically all are operable and he drives them as much as possible. About 3/4 of the cars are Brass era. With one exception (1952 Allard,) the remainder are pre-war, with the newest being a 1927 Pierce Arrow and a 1928 Aherns fire engine. Six of the cars were steam powered along with a lone electric-powered Pope-Waverly. His 2014 Lamborghini was parked in with the collection as well, although he said that was only for protection from the non-hurricane which passed through several days ago. He opened the museum to encourage school groups and tours to learn about the development of the automotive industry.
Here's what was on display: 1886 Benz Motor Wagon (repro), 1901 Curved Dash Olds, 1902 Locomobile Stanhope B, 1904 Cadillac Model B, 1904 Pope Waverly Electric, 1906 Winton Model K, 1906 White Steamer, 1907 Northern, 1908 Schacht High Wheeler, 1908 Locomobile Model E, 1909 Stanley Steamer Model 70, 1910 Stanley Steamer Model 85, 1911 White (gasoline powered), 1913 Stanley Steamer Model 64, 1913 Cole Roadster, 1913 Pierce Arrow, 1914 Ford Model T, 1914 Fiat, 1915 Peerless, 1917 Dodge touring car, 1918 Creators Popcorn Wagon (steam powered), 1925 Stanley Steamer sedan, 1927 Pierce Arrow, 1928 Ahrens Pumper fire engine, 1952 Allard J2-X.
Even though it was almost a 3 hour drive each way, it was well worth it, and we intend to return with others as opportunities arise. I would strongly recommend anyone near or visiting the Tampa area to make a reservation and plan on spending a couple of hours there...and at $10 admission (free for Veterans, half-price for senior and kids,) even the most miserly should be able to afford it.