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Florida, new antique car museum being built?


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1 hour ago, West Peterson said:

Not surprising. There's huge money to be made operating a car museum these days... Especially one that's being built off the beaten path.

Yep, that's why I called off my plans to build one when I lived in Louisiana.  I didn't want all my poor relatives to have to put up with me being rich....

 

Surely someone from the area knows what's being built?  Thanks dc

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Back in 1971, having just moved from New Orleans to an apartment in Fort Wayne, Indiana , the only location to work on our cars was the apartment parking lot. Winter can be brutal there as I quickly learned. While most of my time and resources were dedicated to my new job and now growing family, cars had to be maintained , and while the almost new Pontiac was no problem, there was no local Citroen specialist. The cost of renting a garage, as well as distance involved was beyond impractical. 
 

I hatched the idea of leasing a modest warehouse, renting stalls by the hour and including the use of tools and advice to other car enthusiasts, and the idea went over very well. Job travel and family concerns took more time, so I discussed the idea with others, and one  guy went with it. 
 

i was not a part of it, but did use it to get out of the miserably freezing weather.

 

Years later , back in New Orleans, I attempted to buy the former New Orleans Motorcar Co - Packard Dealership, a 3 story concrete building right on the St. Charles Ave streetcar line. It was built as the Packard dealership with showroom and repair facilities on the ground floor, and additional storage fro new and used cars on the two upper floors. There are concrete ramps between floors, as well as a Packard-built car elevator inside the structure.

 

My intended use was as a classic/collectible brokerage, combined with (again) hourly space rental for owner-repair, as well as both short and long term storage. 
 

The building became eligible for National Historic Status which upped the purchase price to +/- $1,000,000, and that was REAL money back in the late 1970s (still is!).

I was outbid by both the Mercedes dealership, and by my neighbor Mr. Al Copeland of fried chicken fame.

 

The beautiful original Packard showroom facade was later hidden behind modern facade.

 

The idea still has merit, but approaching my ninth decade, I’d rather be driving my old cars and spending time with family and friends.

 

Why wasn’t I born rich instead of brilliant and good lookin’ ? 

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2 hours ago, trimacar said:

My brother just drove I-10, and said that between Tallahassee and Jacksonville, there is a huge construction project with a sign about antique cars.

 

Anyone know what’s going on there?  Thanks dc

Maybe with an approximate exit# you can look up construction projects by county.

Get those sleuths on it and I bet you'll have an answer by the end of the day ;) 

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2 hours ago, TAKerry said:

Isnt there a place in the detroit area, or there was supposed to be............where cars can be stored, and/or shop space for working on them in a condo type setting? Sounded like a good idea to me, but what do I know?

Here is one in the Detroit area, Pontiac to be exact.  M1 Concourse | Private Garage Community, Test Track, and Corporate Event Headquarters

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59 minutes ago, Marty Roth said:

 It was built as the Packard dealership with showroom and repair facilities on the ground floor, and additional storage fro new and used cars on the two upper floors. There are concrete ramps between floors, as well as a Packard-built car elevator inside the structure.

 

The building became eligible for National Historic Status which upped the purchase price to +/- $1,000,000, and that was REAL money back in the late 1970s (still is!).

I was outbid by both the Mercedes dealership, and by my neighbor Mr. Al Copeland of fried chicken fame.

 

The beautiful original Packard showroom facade was later hidden behind modern facade.

Apparently the new owners never applied for that National Historic Status, otherwise they would have been forbidden to destroy the building.

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1 hour ago, Marty Roth said:

 

 

Why wasn’t I born rich instead of brilliant and good lookin’ ? 

Marty, I agree 100% that you're brilliant!  ........hmmph....... proud to call you my good friend for many decades..

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There is a new car country club going up in Palm Beach........a car country club........880 thousand square feet. Three blocks from our place.............250 million dollar project. Very nice, and very well done............

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5 hours ago, trimacar said:

My brother just drove I-10, and said that between Tallahassee and Jacksonville, there is a huge construction project with a sign about antique cars.

 

Anyone know what’s going on there?  Thanks dc

 

Automotive Museum Guide says this place is under construction.  Dunno if that's current or if it's the place you're looking for.  I'd say it's a lot closer to Jax than Tallahassee.  Anyway, FWIW...

 

The Brumos Collection

 

The Automotive Museum Guide is a pretty cool site, covers the US and searchable by region/state and type of museum (car, truck, air, etc).

 

Automotive Museum Guide

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Ok, so found out, Devore Moore owns the Tallahassee Antique Car museum.  He sold the adjoining land to Amazon, which is building a 2.8 million square foot fulfillment center.

 

So, it just LOOKS like a giant car museum is going up!

 

thanks dc

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1 hour ago, trimacar said:

Ok, so found out, Devore Moore owns the Tallahassee Antique Car museum.  He sold the adjoining land to Amazon, which is building a 2.8 million square foot fulfillment center.

 

So, it just LOOKS like a giant car museum is going up!

 

thanks dc

 

 

Mostly post war junk.......nothing to get excited about. 😇

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3 hours ago, trimacar said:

Ok, so found out, Devore Moore owns the Tallahassee Antique Car museum.  He sold the adjoining land to Amazon, which is building a 2.8 million square foot fulfillment center.

 

So, it just LOOKS like a giant car museum is going up!

 

thanks dc

That location is on the south side of I-10, just east of Tallahassee

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