SARASOTA CLASSIC CAR MUSEUM
Built in 1952, the Sarasota Classic Car Museum (SCCM) opened its
doors to the public in February of 1953. Although the SCCM has
changed ownership over the years it has operated continuously
and now enjoys the recognition of being one of the oldest car
museums in the world.
The Museum recently completed a huge renovation program.
Located on U.S. 41 in Sarasota, Florida, the Museum’s 60,000 square
foot facility sits on 4 acres of land near such good neighbors
as The Ringling Museum of Art and the Asolo Theater, home of the
Sarasota Ballet Company. The SCCM is a Museum by day and a Banquet
and Event Facility by night. A 4,000 square foot open-air garden
Atrium in the center of the Museum is used for dining and dancing
amidst the car collection. A huge Gift Shop filled with an eclectic
assortment of collectibles rounds out the facility. The entire
facility is "wheelchair friendly" and free wheelchairs are available
The Museum features a “living” collection of over 100 automobiles,
constantly being updated through acquisitions, exchanges with
other car museums, and through donations of vehicles from collectors.
The collection spans over 100 manufacturing years. Almost every
letter of the alphabet is covered: Auburn, Bentley, Cadillac station
wagon (one of only 5 ever made), DeLorean, Edsel, Ferrari, etc.
Vintage, classic, muscle, exotic cars….they’re all here. We have
John Lennon’s Mercedes Roadster, Paul McCartney's Mini Cooper
and a dragster belonging to Don Garlits among our favorite treasures.
In addition to our extensive auto display, the Museum also has
an Antique Game Arcade we invite everyone to enjoy. The games
are operational and cost just a few cents to play. Smaller exhibits
can be found throughout the Museum and Gift shop, also, such as
the Antique Camera and Photograph Display.
The Sarasota Classic Car Museum established itself as a non-profit
organization in 1998 so that it could expand its role in the preservation
of the cars of the 20th century and their history. The Museum’s
mission is to educate and entertain visitors on these magnificent,
mechanical works of art and their impact on society over the last
10 decades. Our goal is to instill the passion and enthusiasm
in our guests that we feel for the cars.