For years, the Penske Auto Museum in North Scottsdale has been the only game in town when it comes to car museums. The Penske Museum is great, but it's a lot like an appetizer: just enough to tide you over until the main course arrives. Well, the main course has finally arrived. It's called the Scottsdale International Auto Museum, and it's what car fans have been craving for all these years.
First opened in December 2010, the Scottsdale International Auto Museum has recently moved to its new location at 9119 E Indian Bend Road in the Scottsdale Pavilions Shopping Center.
The museum is operated by GRG (Gephart Ranger Gartley) and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. With over 150 vehicles on display, there's something for everyone!
During my visit to the museum, they were still getting set up after the recent move. Most of the vehicles were in place, but the walls had yet to be decorated with exhibits, art, and information.
The museum features a selection of classic cars including a Mercury station wagon, Chrysler Imperial, and a 1970s Ford Thunderbird with suicide doors. There was also a selection of muscle cars including a Plymouth Roadrunner, a red Camaro with black stripes, and a gorgeous 1970 Chevelle SS 454.
As far as exotic cars go, the Scottsdale International Auto Museum has a Dodge Viper RT/10, a Ferrari Testarossa, and a couple of C4 Corvettes. I also spied a Tesla Roadster and a Lotus Elise Type 72D on the floor. These cars are at the cutting edge of performance today, and it was neat to see them up close and personal!
Beyond the usual stuff, the museum also has some very unique cars in their collection. These include a 1936 Lincoln Aero Mobile customized by Howard Hughes, a Rolls Royce Silver Spur sedan, and a CitiCar electric vehicle from the 1970s.
If you love checking out interesting and unusual cars, I highly recommend that you take some time to check out this great museum!
Scottsdale International Auto Museum
9119 E. Indian Bend Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
UPDATE: The museum has closed permanently and is no longer in existence.