Classic cars are an uncontested aspect of American culture, with the U.S. auto industry giving rise to companies like Ford and General Motors and producing the powerful and iconic muscle cars of the 1970s. Here in Mt. Dora, Florida, we have a special kind of attraction that’s geared for the auto enthusiasts at heart: the Mt. Dora Museum of Speed. Filled with classic cars carefully collected and curated over the years, it’s a glimpse into the history of automobiles.
The Mt. Dora Museum of Speed resides in a refurbished Texaco Gas Station dating back to the 1940s, with signs that go back further to the 1920s. The museum specializes in low-mileage, documented, original, fully-restored historical vehicles, produced by either American or foreign brands; their collections include “professional” cars. It’s an adult-only museum; children under 14 are prohibited due to the fact museum’s valuable merchandise. The museum is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.; Saturday hours are available by appointment. The entrance fee is $15 per person.
At Danny Len Buick GMC, we highly recommend the Museum of Speed for a crash course in the history of the auto industry.
Image by Rex Gray