BBC Autos The Collier Collection Florida’s other magic kingdom

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a 20-year period under and key, one of the world’s premier collections has reopened to the general granting access to more 100 of the world’s most desirable

Now, in addition to the scholars who been able to marinate in the of the breathtaking 1935 Duesenberg SSJ or the Ferrari 250 LM Berlinetta GT, non-credentialed can buy a ticket and see these stunners in


The Collier Automotive Museum in Florida, holds important built between 1896 and as well as magazines, photographs and dating to the 1890s. In this new of its life it is administered by the Revs for Automotive Research, a programme at Stanford University in Palo California.

“It is really one of the collections in North America, doubt,” says Ken Gross, and former executive director of the Museum in Los Angeles. “If you are in sports and racing cars, if you had own private list, these are the that would be on it. A Duesenberg? he’s got that. Hispano-Suiza? These are fabulous, fabulous beautifully presented.”

The institute’s cars were by Miles Collier, president of the Institute. “The automobile is, simply, the most significant object of the 20th century,” said in a statement. “Our is to create awareness of the automobile’s past, present and future, in the modern world.”

That there is some room for in the collection, which includes father’s 1935 MG PA/PB. is the car that staff is charged saving first in the event of a jokes vice president George.

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As wonderful as the museum’s cars are on own merits, the institution’s work to them within a broader context is equally critical, Scot Keller, chief of the LeMay Museum in Tacoma, “You can’t talk the history of the automobile or the history of separately,” he said. “They’ve intertwined for 110 years.” The Revs focus on that context and with Stanford to advance in that area is key, insists.

One such display highlights the effort by American Briggs to win the Le Mans 24 Hours in the ‘50s, noted. “The history of efforts and the story behind it is remarkable.”

The Revs Institute consigned these vehicles to a of leisure, either. They frequent appearances at major car and have been known to in historic races, Gross “They are giving people a to see them in action,” he said.

For all the collection’s drool-worthiness, George, the vice president, maintains a list, and it is heavy on racing The 1991-92 Williams-Renault Formula 1 with active suspension is a favourite, he says, and one that could give newer a run for their money on a track.

most of the cars make residence in Naples. And though an reservation is still required to pay a the velvet rope drops for with a ticket, which for admission is $17.

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