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Abraham Lincoln's Hearse
 
Another Tallahassee Automobile Museum Exclusive

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Come See The Real Batmobiles ... And More
 
Our Batman Mobie Exhibit Now Features Batmobiles, Movie Memorabilia, And The Penguin's Duck Car

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The Best Place To Have Your Next Event
 
Host Any Size Event Here At The Museum

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See The Rare Cord
 
Along With Many Other Rare Automobiles From An Era Gone By

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Learn About The First Automobiles In America
 
Another Exclusive, The Second Automobile Ever In The U.S. On Display Now

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Rare And Unique Steinway Pianos
 
Come And See The Hand Crafted Steinway From The United States White House

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Take A Walk Down Memory Lane
 
No Matter How Old You Are, The Museum Is Guaranteed To Have Something For Everyone In The Family

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New Historic Boat Exhibit Open Now
 
We Are Proud To Introduce A Collection Of Original Hand Crafted Boats Throughout American History

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Been A While? Then You've Missed A Lot...
 
The Collection Is Always Growing And Changing. It's Never The Same Experience Twice!

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See The Rare Cord
Die Cast Car Collection
Antique boat motors
The Penguin's Duck Car from Batmat movie.
Brass Fans and Cash Registers
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Written by Auto Museum

FIRSTS at the Tallahassee Automobile Museum

 

1857 Smith & Wesson No. 1 

First Issue - First spring loaded barrel catch revolver.

 

1890 NCR Model 3

National Cash Register Company

First modern American company to introduce a sales training school and a comprehensive social welfare program for factory workers.

 

 

 

1894 Duryea

First gas combustion automobile in America.

 

 

 

 1903 Oldsmobile Surrey

First automobile with the "Oldsmobile" emblem.

 

 

 

1905 Dial Cash Register

First cash register to have a dial for design

going back to the mid-1880's.

 

 

 

1907 Waterman Outboard Motor

First American production outboard motor.

 

 

 

1931 Duesenberg Model J

First automobile to be rated over 200hp

 

 

 

 

1936 Cord 810 Phaeton Sedan

First automobile to have hide-away headlights. 

Also, first successful front-wheel drive production automobile.

 

 

 

 

1937 Bendix Outboard Motor

First American all-aluminum construction outboard.

 

 

 

 

1939 Ford Custom Roadster

First and only Ford Custom Roadster

Built in England for Henry Ford's Grandson

William Clay Ford's 15th Birthday

 

 

 

 

1948 Tucker

First automobile to have a padded dash and pop-out windshield.

 

 

 

 

 

1951 Whizzer Sportsman Deluxe

First and only year a Bi-Matic transmission was offered.

 

 

 

1954 Kaiser-Darrin

First American automobile with fiberglass body

(First showing preceded 1953 Chevrolet Corvette!).

 

 

 

1965 Yamaha Catalina YDS-3 250

First Bat-Cycle used in a Batman movie (1966)

 

 

 

1969 Studebaker Avanti

First American car to have Bendix front disc brakes.

 

 

 

1969 Rokon MK3 Trail-Breaker

First motorcycle to have a disc brake.

 

 

 

1970 Chevrolet Chevelle

First year Chevrolet offered the 454ci engine as an option.

 

 

 

 

1992 Dodge Viper

First Viper sold to the public.

 

 

 

 

1997 Plymouth Prowler

First Prowler sold to the public.

 

 

 

 

 

2010 Camaro/Trans Am

First concept car for the new design.

 

2010 Camaro/Trans Am

First Camaro/Trans Am sold to the public.

 

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Top Rated Exhibits

  • Abraham Lincoln's Hearse Carriage
  • 1893 Duryea
  • 1931 Duesenberg Model J Double Cowl Phaetom Convertible
  • First Dodge Viper To Roll Off The Assembly Line
  • The Steinway White House Piano
  • The Batmobile And Batman Movie Memorabilia
  • Antique Pocket Knife Collection
  • Oldest Existing Known American Automobile
  • DeVoe's Book Collection
  • Antique Brass Fan Collection
  • Adding Machine Exhibit
  • Brass Cash Register Exhibit
  • Original Shelby Series 1
  • 1911 Ford Model T Torpedo Run About
  • 1955 Kayser Darrin Roadster
  • 1948 Tucker Torpedo

From The Founder

This museum collection has been assembled and displayed for your personal enjoyment. The collection has been made possible by an individual living and working under a democratic government that allowed and encouraged a “Free Enterprise” system that worked for all people. This was a celebrated time during the 1960’s, 70’s, and 80’s.

Unfortunately, the 1990’s ushered in the era of the political bureaucrat (an official who works by fixed routine without exercising intelligent judgment). The political bureaucrat of the 1990s has left us a legacy of a decayed free enterprise system. Under the free enterprise system of the 1960's, students and businesses did not require as much financial help and were even blessed with the opportunity to work, earn and pay their own way. Indeed, this collection was provided by an individual who started with nothing, received nothing, and worked his way through Florida State University as a Farrier (i.e., blacksmith).

Today as you enjoy these treasures of an era gone by, we invite you to ask yourself this question:

“Under the oppressive constraints, rules and regulations forced on us by the 1990’s political bureaucrats, can “We the people” achieve the goals and regain the freedom outlined in the Constitution of the United States of America that is so vital to our existence in a healthy free enterprise system?"