Scottsdale International Auto Museum Now Open

Jul 4, 2011

Scottsdale International Auto MuseumFor 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.

Scottsdale International Auto MuseumThe 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
(480) 302-6460

UPDATE: The museum has closed permanently and is no longer in existence.


Anonymous said...

Good luck with trying to lure in customers to "see" pretty cars at your store for an admission fee. I can see all the nice cars I want across the street for FREE on Friday and Saturday night. This concept is not going to make it. Pretty soon someone will charge to see a nice girl on the sidewalk at the grocery store...What a bunch of CRAP!!!

Anonymous said...

It's museum is full of crap. Tom Ranger does not know how to treat his employees so called volunteers. There's no literature on any of the cars. And Jim he just doesn't know how to shut up. The price is too high. And knowledge is too little. I will not go back.

Anonymous said...

Tom Ranger is the rudest person I have encountered in a long time and I was a customer! Stay clear of this place and do not bid because if you are the highest bidder this place and Mr. Ranger will treat you like crap and try to do illegal things with the titles!

Anonymous said...

I use to work for him. He don't treat anybody right. He's always up to NO good. The only thing I loved about that place was the Car's I learned alot about the old cars and I liked all the owners of the cars.


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