Current Exhibits


Michael Schumacher was one of the greatest race car drivers of all time. His relationship with Ferrari and Formula One is one of legend. Come see one of our newest models, a 2001 Ferrari F1 Show Car.


During the golden age of automotive design Americans were enthralled with European design. Car manufactures globally took notice and developed prototype and production model cars with European coach built bodies and American motors under the hood. This exhibit showcases two rare Chrysler Ghia prototype cars from the 1950s and stunning 1967 Iso Grifo with a small block Chrysler engine.


In the late 1940's and early 50's, post war Europe saw a shortage in manufacturing materials. The devastating war also left consumers and companies strapped for cash and the need to economize. To answer the call for new vehicles, auto makers developed the micro car. Billed as a low - cost, efficient family car, these autos saved the big car companies from going out - of - business and gave much needed jobs to soldiers and civilians rebuilding their communities.


Visitors love to explore Maine's natural splendor and solitude. We have a coastline longer than California, with lakes, mountains, and deep forests. Maine is truly a spectacular Vacationland. Even today, Maine ranks as the most rural state in the nation, according to the US Census Bureau. That means there's lots of open road to cover in the Pine Tree State. In the mid-20th century, the woody was a popular hospitality vehicle for Maine's hotels, inns, camps, and parks. Alas for the Maine timber industry, the most popular wood used on cars was not pine, but ash birch, and mahogany. This exhibit features some of the rarest woody varieties.


Preston Tucker built the world's safest car, with revolutionary new technology that promised to turn the automotive industry upside down. The Tucker featured a rear mounted engine, a padded dash, and a Cyclops Eye (a movable center third headlight) among other innovations. But corporate fear and government interference crushed the dream and only 51 Tucker cars were built. Today, they are the holy grail of classic car collecting.

Touring Europe in Luxury

In the early 20th century the motorcar took the reins from the horse and carriage for the summertime tradition of high societies, grand tour of Europe's best cities and scenic locales. These autos made for easier and faster travel for the European elite. The touring car has become a symbol of status and elegance. Early makers created bespoke, coach built models to cater to every need of the motoring tourist. In later years, luxury manufacturers implored speed and sleek features to entice buyers. Automotive greats like Alfa Romeo, BMW, Mercedes Benz, MG, Delahaye and Ferrari dominated this opulent category of models.


The automobile and the moving picture were developed almost simultaneously. Both innovations forever changing our lifestyles, the way we work and consume products. In the early 20th century the movie car was born. These autos would often define a film. Cars were seen as characters themselves and became a symbiotic marketing tool for both the auto industry and the film industry.