Museum History

The Central Texas Museum of Automotive History was founded in 1980 as a 501(c)3 non-profit educational foundation. It is dedicated to the collection, restoration and preservation of historic automobiles, accessories and related items. Our collection traces the development of the automobile and its effect on the social and economic climate of much of the world. It traces the evolution from the high wheelers and steam buggies of the turn of the century through the boxy utilitarian cars of the late teens and twenties, the classic era of the late 20’s, 30’s and 40’s, the dream machines and land yachts of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, and the transition of the highly efficient aerodynamic sport and passenger cars of the 90’s and beyond. The collection normally has over 130 vehicles on display, with additional vehicles available on a rotational basis.

Our collection includes also includes excellent examples of European estate cars, town cars, limousines, and sport cars. There are displays of cut-away engines, a wide variety of early automotive tools and diagnostic equipment. We also have a impressive collection of gas pumps, the artistic sculpture of radiator mascots and the subsequent hood ornaments. Other displays include a large number of automobile and oil company signs, automobile license plates from around the world. In addition, we also have automobile models and toys, and a collection of memorabilia from The Great Race. The museum also houses a large automotive library with publications dating back to the turn of the century.

We are located in a 40,000 square foot, climate-controlled building on approximately 5 acres which includes ample parking, lighting, a restored replica gasoline station, and an antique Gallery-Gift shop.