July 11th, 2012
The LeMay – America’s Car Museum opened in Tacoma, Washington in June 2012 and is dedicated to America’s love with the automobile. The museum is housed within an amazing looking building of shining metal with a huge wood framed interior. The cars inside are equally as shiny!
The inspiration behind this museum was famous car collector Harold E. LeMay (1919 – 2000) who was a local Tacoma businessman. In the mid 1990’s he had amassed a private collection of 3,500 vehicles (a Guinness World Record). The vehicles on display come from the LeMay collection aswell as those from other private collectors and corporations.
There are different themes and sections of the museum housed in over four levels where you can see an incredible collection of up to 350 cars, trucks and motorbikes from the early 1900’s to modern-day, including some classic “muscle cars”. I love the look of cars from the 1930’s to the 1950’s with their classic lines and in some cases fins! The different sections of the museum are connected by a series of huge ramps that also have cars on display along them. Every car on display is beautifully maintained and it is a car lovers dream! The following is just a sample of some of the classic cars you can see there.
Harold E. LeMay Collection
Nicola Bulgari Collection
The famous designer of luxury goods has a fantastic collection of classic American cars which are on loan to the LeMay museum.
Ferrari in America
The LeMay collection has approximately 2,000 classic cars, so along with additional exhibitions from other collections there is no shortage of changes that can be made at the museum. Apparently the plan is every few months to change over at least 25% of the collection that is on display to ensure there is always something new to see in the museum to cater for repeat visits.