Antique Car Museum of Iowa

Antique Car Museum of Iowa

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The new location and space dedicated to the Antique Car Museum in the Xtreme Arena are great!
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The Antique Car Museum of Iowa educates visitors on the history of transportation. Our showroom features 90+ antique cars ranging from 1899-1970's.

Founded in 2006, the Antique Car Museum
of Iowa prides itself in educating visitors on the history of transportation. Our 28,000 square foot showroom features 80+ cars ranging from year 1899 to the mid 1960s, along with an early 20th century Skelly gas station, and an exhibit featuring the Abernathy Boys and their automobile. Many of our antique cars are in their original condition and are untouc

Operating as usual

Photos from Antique Car Museum of Iowa's post 10/30/2021

The Roy Lewis of West Branch display is just now completed. This car was the first diesel powered vehicle to achieve 300 mph. A big thank you to the Lewis Family and the Museum Volunteers for all the help required to get a 32 foot long vehicle into an already packed car museum.

Antique Car Museum of Iowa updated their address. 10/23/2021

Antique Car Museum of Iowa updated their address.

Antique Car Museum of Iowa updated their address.

10/20/2021

1906 Oldsmobile.

The 1906 Oldsmobile is hard to start this morning. We'll get it going with a pull start from the more modern Model A.

10/20/2021
10/16/2021

This old piano has been in the museum forever. I'm surprised at how many people can play it.

Old piano at the back of the museum draws in some talent now and again.

Photos from Antique Car Museum of Iowa's post 10/14/2021

The latest arrival to the museum. A 1927 Willys - Knight. These cars were renowned for their famous "valve-less engine".

10/07/2021
10/07/2021

All was going so well until it was discovered there was a mouse nest in the radiator.

10/06/2021

1912 White automobile.

There were several White Automobile companies. Our unrestored model is a 1912 White made in Cleveland, Ohio. This car boasts a 4-speed transmission and an electric starter. Very rare for that era. It was an expensive car too. The equivalent of $98,900 in today's money.

Photos from Antique Car Museum of Iowa's post 10/01/2021

Finally. After eight months of delays, the Museum gets its sign.

09/26/2021

Dean just returned with the 1909 Maxwell. He took it on the "Red Flag Tour" in southern Iowa this week where they racked up 200 miles.

Dean just returned with the 1909 Maxwell. He took it on the "Red Flag Tour" in southern Iowa this week where they racked up 200 miles.

09/23/2021

1909 Maxwell.

This 1909 Maxwell hasn't run in 5 years. Put some gasoline in it and it started right up.

09/19/2021

Pump organs are like old sewing machines or typewriters. People can't bring themselves to throw them out. So some end up here. This young man from New York did alright.

This young man entertained some our guests today at the museum.

09/16/2021

Steam cars.

A steam car club visited the Museum today. A fun group of people. For nearly two decades, no one knew where the auto industry would go as far as the preferred propulsion. It was a toss-up between electric, steam, and gasoline.

09/16/2021

1910 Brush.

A 1910 Brush automobile. It was made to be as affordable as possible. It is chain driven and both axles are made of wood. The frame is wood also. It didn't come with headlights or a windshield. Brush made cars for just seven years. Runs okay for being 111 years old.

09/14/2021

Can you get away this Thursday, September 16 from 10:00 am to noon or so? Come down to the Antique Car Museum of Iowa in Coralville. We'll be hosting a 27 car convoy of steam cars made from 1904 to 1925. The drivers will be touring the Museum then going to lunch across the street. The cars will be parked in front of, and around our building.

Can you get away this Thursday, September 16 from 10:00 am to noon or so? Come down to the Antique Car Museum of Iowa in Coralville. We'll be hosting a 27 car convoy of steam cars made from 1904 to 1925. The drivers will be touring the Museum then going to lunch across the street. The cars will be parked in front of, and around our building.

09/13/2021

Antique Car Museum of Iowa in Coralville.

A little musical entertainment outside the Museum this afternoon.

09/12/2021

Make plans to come down to the Antique Car Museum of Iowa in Coralville this coming Thursday, Sept. 16, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. We are hosting a tour stop of 27 steam cars that are in convoy around the state. The cars will be parked streetside in front of the Museum for viewing. Should you wish to visit inside the Museum and see the 83 gasoline cars and two electrics on display, the admission charge will be waived. All are welcome.

Make plans to come down to the Antique Car Museum of Iowa in Coralville this coming Thursday, Sept. 16, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. We are hosting a tour stop of 27 steam cars that are in convoy around the state. The cars will be parked streetside in front of the Museum for viewing. Should you wish to visit inside the Museum and see the 83 gasoline cars and two electrics on display, the admission charge will be waived. All are welcome.

09/09/2021

Today the guys were working on this 1909 REO (Ransom Eli Olds) car. Got to get it ready for the Red Flag Tour and only cars built before 1927 can participate. The REO was the forerunner to the later REO Speedwagon.

Today the guys were working on this 1909 REO (Ransom Eli Olds) car. Got to get it ready for the Red Flag Tour and only cars built before 1927 can participate. The REO was the forerunner to the later REO Speedwagon.

09/07/2021

We are in the process of creating the Roy Lewis display. This is such a fascinating story.

We are in the process of creating the Roy Lewis display. This is such a fascinating story.

Photos from Antique Car Museum of Iowa's post 09/01/2021

An extremely clean 1956 DeSoto with its infamous 292 hemi came to the museum this morning. Everything about the car is first class.

Photos from Antique Car Museum of Iowa's post 08/27/2021

A beautiful 1899 Haynes Appeson motor buggy. Nearly all the motor buggies at that time had either a one or two-cylinder air cooled engine mounted under the seat. But the Haynes Appeson two-cylinder engine is so large, it has to be water cooled. Each cylinder had its own radiator. Or in this case, the copper heat exchangers on the sides of the vehicle. This engine displaces 274 cubic inches. Larger than some Chevy 8-cylinders.

08/21/2021

Keep Thursday, September 16 in mind. The Antique Car Museum of Iowa will be hosting a club with their steam powered cars. Expecting 12 to 20 steam cars to park out on 9th St. in Coralville.

Keep Thursday, September 16 in mind. The Antique Car Museum of Iowa will be hosting a club with their steam powered cars. Expecting 12 to 20 steam cars to park out on 9th St. in Coralville.

Photos from Antique Car Museum of Iowa's post 08/19/2021

A 1912 Sears motorbuggy. By all accounts I have researched, all agree it was a well built little car. No truck deliveries then. The car arrived at your railroad depot. One needed only to uncrate it, put on the wheels, put the provided oil in the 2-cylinder horizontal engine, hand crank the engine and drive it home. Steering was the tiller stick type. The two small levers at the base of the horizontal tiller stick (where my hand is) are the spark advance and the throttle. Sears sold cars for only four years.

Photos from Antique Car Museum of Iowa's post 08/17/2021

Akin to a Cinderella carriage, the 1915 Milburn is remarkable in its elegance and graceful lines. The craftsmanship gives the impression of curved glass on the sides even tho curved glass wasn't possible until the early 1950s. Twelve 6-volt batteries and a GE elevator motor provided a driving range of about 60 miles.

Photos from Antique Car Museum of Iowa's post 08/13/2021

This week's featured car is the 1933 LaSalle. (1927 to 1940.) LaSalle was named after the French explorer who mapped the Mississippi River in 1682. The creation of the LaSalle car was to fill in a price gap between the lower priced Buick and the more expensive Cadillac. Actually, LaSalle was designed and built by Cadillac. The LaSalle was a large luxury car with a V-8 engine. To prove the performance of the car, one was driven continuously on an oval track for 951 miles at an average speed of 95 mph. It's V-8 engine was of 353 cubic inch displacement. In 1933, 3,500 of these cars were sold. Price was $2,245, or $47,100 today.

Antique Car Museum of Iowa updated their information in their About section. 08/11/2021

Antique Car Museum of Iowa updated their information in their About section.

Antique Car Museum of Iowa updated their information in their About section.

08/10/2021

This strange little gem came to the museum today. A 1974 Jensen. It came standard with a Chrysler 440 c.i.d. big block engine.

This strange little gem came to the museum today. A 1974 Jensen. It came standard with a Chrysler 440 c.i.d. big block engine.

08/05/2021

Open house at the Antique Car Museum of Iowa this Saturday, 10 to 5. Antique Car rides, refreshments, meet Ali Hval. Plus our featured cars, a 1931 Deusenberg and a 1915 Milburn fully electric car.

Open house at the Antique Car Museum of Iowa this Saturday, 10 to 5. Antique Car rides, refreshments, meet Ali Hval. Plus our featured cars, a 1931 Deusenberg and a 1915 Milburn fully electric car.

08/03/2021

Love that sound.

A 1915 Model T Ford being checked out for our Grand (re)Opening this Saturday. Come on down for a ride in this car, and check out the 83 other cars in the Museum.

Photos from Antique Car Museum of Iowa's post 07/30/2021

Did you know that the Maytag Washing Machine Co. also made cars from 1910 to 1915 in Iowa? There were 44 car manufacturers in Iowa at one time. Like the Mason made in Mason City. The Zip Car made in Davenport. The Little Mac made in Muscatine. These books have been out of print since 2007 and command premium dollars on Amazon. But the Antique Car Museum of Iowa has just located 10 never owned/never used copies and we're selling them at the 2007 price of $40. 323 pages with tons of photos and illustrations. Come down to the museum and get your copy before they're gone.

Photos from Antique Car Museum of Iowa's post 07/28/2021

The Museum's A. O. Smith Flyer. It was a go-cart made in 1917. It is powered by a single-cylinder traction wheel. This little vehicle was quite pricie........$125. That would equate to $2,650 in 2021. Today the A. O. Smith Company makes water heaters.

Photos from Antique Car Museum of Iowa's post 07/22/2021

A very unusual 1920 Velie touring car. Velie made very nice cars in Moline, Illinois for 10 years. This one is all flat panels and angular lines. Even the headlights are not round. This was the only year Velie made a car in this style. It was the result of a re-newed interest in ancient Egyption architecture, which is all angular lines. It was a style statement. What makes this car unusual is that it has a longer wheelbase than the 1920 sales brochure claims. But it is the same wheelbase length as the 1919 model. Look at the rear of the red car. Normally, the rear panel curves under the back seat as exemplified by the red car. Velie did that too. But in this car the rear panel angles away from the back seat making the car longer. Obviously Velie made a few longer 1920 car bodies in order to use up left over 1919 chassis parts. I don't know if Velie made just a few longer bodies or one hundred. I can't find any info on that part of the Company.

07/20/2021

A very fun group came to the Museum today. I was sad to see them leave.

Photos from Antique Car Museum of Iowa's post 07/16/2021

Saturday, August 7. Remember that date. The Antique Car Museum of Iowa will be having it's Grand Re-openning. (Altho it is currently open now too.) Will be giving antique car rides, snack foods, refreshments, movies and music. Artist, Ali Hval will be present - our mural painter extraordinaire. Our featured cars will be our 1931 Deusenberg, and Mark Lundy's 1915 electric Milburn. Reduced admission cost. Come spend some time and have a look at the 83 unusual cars. Inside the Xtreme Arena, 200 East 9th St. Coralville.

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1906 Oldsmobile.
This old piano has been in the museum forever. I'm surprised at how many people can play it.
1912 White automobile.
1909 Maxwell.
Pump organs are like old sewing machines or typewriters. People can't bring themselves to throw them out. So some end up...
Steam cars.
1910 Brush.
Antique Car Museum of Iowa in Coralville.
Love that sound.
A very fun group came to the Museum today. I was sad to see them leave.

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Coralville, IA
52241-2226

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Tuesday 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 12pm - 5pm
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