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Rendering of the main hall at the LeMay America's Car Museum

If you've ever wondered who has the largest private car collection in the world, wonder no more. Until his death in 2000, Harold E. LeMay had the distinction of laying claim to that title with over 3,000 classic vehicles in his possession. His gems included everything from a 1916 Abadal Buick to a 1983 DeLorean DMC 12 and pretty much everything in between. Just before LeMay passed away, he formed a non-profit group with the goal of building a massive museum to house his collection and educate the public on the impact and evolution of the automobile.

LeMay's vision for the garage to end all garages was no less grand than his collection – a massive steel and arched glass structure designed by Alan Grant of Grant Architects. After a decade of fundraising by LeMay's widow and a number of grants from state and local governments, the LeMay America's Car Museum officially broke ground this week. The project is expected to cost a total of $100 million when completed, and will feature complete educational exhibits in addition to showcasing the collection. For more information on the cars and the museum, be sure to check out the LeMay Museum site.

[Source: The New York Times]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Beautiful Looking Space. I'll visit.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hi there.

      First I would like to congratulate you on that extensive blog. I'm far from having browsed through most of it, but it's hugely informative!

      Indeed I have wondered, but never imagined a private collection would be this massive!! Although I am a huge fan of automobiles, I am less so of oldies. Nonetheless it would be quite a feat visiting such an exhibition. The museum itself looks like a piece of art worth the trip!

      I wonder if there is a Bugatti Brescia in this collection. A fabulous racing car. One of which has been raised just last year from the Lago Maggiore in Switzerland, a 1925 model.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think the Sultan of Brunei still has more, unless he had a massive sell-off (or pushed a ton of cars into the sea, as he has done before.) Still this is totally going to be on my to-visit list the moment the doors open.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Exactly my thoughts. I wonder whether Zach even knows about the Brunei sultan. Probably not, otherwise he would have mentioned in the article that that lucky basterd has probably way more than 3.000 pieces. :)

        "If you've ever wondered who has the largest private car collection in the world, well, don't ask Autoblog."
      • 4 Years Ago
      I bet Jay Leno is jealous.
        • 4 Years Ago
        yeah but does this guy have the tankcar?
        • 4 Years Ago
        well, still jealous+alive > dead
        • 4 Years Ago
        I hope Jay has something like this planned for his collection too. As much as I'd like to see this giant museum full of classics I'd still rather see Jay's eclectic blend of modern super-cars to steam cars to motorcycles.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I had the pleasure of visiting the Harrah collection just after Bill Harrah died. There were about 1200 vehicles, including a Dymaxion that neede restoring, parked outside by a P-38 Lightning WW2 fighter. There were plenty of classics, including a whole room full of Packards from first to last, and Leno type vehicles such as the Jerrari, a Jeep powered by a Ferrari engine. Yeehaw!
      If you're traveling the Indiana tollroad, a few miles south on I-69 is Auburn, home of two museums, one of which is the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg 1930's art deco original Auburn factory. Packed with classics. Next door is another museum with more modern stuff. Best time is Labor Day Saturday when there's a huge parade of A-C-D product, ending around the town square where you get close up to some real craftsmanship.
      • 4 Years Ago
      How cool is that?! Very.
      • 4 Years Ago
      When I was in high school my dad took our family to the Harrah's auto museum in Reno. Couldn't believe how many cars one person could collect.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Every Year in August there is an open house at his old residence where his wife still lives, it is really quite impressive. The majority of the collection is American. Lots of Packards, Cadillacs, a Dusenberg, and a Tucker. Not just cars either. There are Trucks, Buses, Tractors, Salt&Pepper Shakers, Dolls, etc. Definitely worth checking out if you are in the area!
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