The final stop on the Phoenix area car extravaganza is the Martin Auto Museum.
The Mel Martin Auto Museum recently moved to a much larger facility on Thunderbird Road in Phoenix. One great aspect of this museum is you are allowed to open the doors, and get in the cars if you like, on nearly all of the collection.
The facility is well lit, and nicely spaced out.
We start our tour with a couple of Crosley’s tucked back in a corner.
I can see Elvis cruising down the Strip in Las Vegas in this 1964 Ford Thunderbird.
The exquisite tail end of a 1957 Cadillac Eldorado.
A early 1950s Ford Woody Wagon. Ford dropped Woodies in 1951, although they made a faux comeback in the 1960s, but they weren’t real wood like this.
A front look at this 1949 Ford Custom.
I have always been more of a Ford fan than Chevrolet, but this Ranchero in my opinion is nowhere near as cool as an El Camino. Also fairly certain it is looking at envy at the Porsche parked in front of it.
A nice looking mid 1960s Studebaker Wagonaire.
Mel was a hard worker his entire life, and one of his early successes was a towing business, which is represented here by a 1928 Graham Tow Truck.
This long machine is a late 1930s Packard. The hood ornament on this car was one that was featured in the earlier posting of a collection of them.
While many of the vehicles are restored to their original condition, some, like this very cool 1951 Studebaker Pickup, have been heavily customized.
The last car on this visit is, according to Internet research, a 1905 Cadillac.
The Martin Auto Museum has a motto of ‘Please Touch the Cars’. That alone makes it a great visit, but coupled with the low admission cost, great collection and spacious setting makes it a must for any auto enthusiast who is in the area.