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Do you like antique and classic automobiles? You're in luck: Massachusetts and Maine have numerous outstanding antique car collections you can visit:

Massachusetts

Larz Anderson Auto Museum

America's oldest private collection of classic automobiles has some real beauties. Formerly known as the Museum of Transportation, it's located in Brookline MA, 6 miles (10 km) southwest of Boston Common at the edge of spacious Larz Anderson Park (map). Check the calendar for their scheduled rallies and car-enthusiast events. More...

Collings Foundation

Principally a collection of antique and classic aircraft, this institution in Stow MA, 30 miles (48 km, one hour) west of Boston Common, also has a fine collection of automobiles, but it is not open to the public every day, only on special open-house weekends, or to groups of 50 or more by appointment. More...

Walker Transportation Collection

No cars here at this museum in Beverly MA, north of Salem MA on the Massachusetts North Shore, but lots of photographs and other memorabilia from the transportation history of New England. More...

Heritage Museums & Gardens

The J K Lilly III Antique Automobile Museum is located in a reproduction Shaker Round Barn at this beautiful museums-and-gardens complex in Sandwich MA on Cape Cod. More...

Toad Hall Classic Car Collection

Cape Cod's own classic sports car collection is next to the Simmons Homestead Inn in Hyannisport MA. They have everything from MGs to a Rolls-Royces here—and they're all red! More...

Maine

Wells Auto Museum

A fine collection of 80 antique and classic automobiles, as well as vintage nickelodeons, music boxes, automatons and games not far from Wells Beach on the coast of Maine. More...

Boothbay Railway Village

Besides the collection of narrow-gauge railroad stations, steam engines, passenger cars and model railroads in the beautiful Midcoast Maine town of Boothbay, the Village has a collection of antique and classic cars. More...

Owl's Head Transportation Museum

Marvelous classic cars and much more: early aircraft and a private runway from which to fly them, all just a short drive from Rockland in the Midcoast Maine. More...

Seal Cove Auto Museum

Superb collection of very early (1895-1917) autos and motorcycles in Camden ME, many beautifully restored and in working condition. You can even take a course to be certified as a Stanley Steamer driver. More...

Cole Land Transportation Museum

Like snow plows, fire trucks, and military vehicles? You'll like this auto and truck museum in Bangor ME. More...

Stanley Museum

In Kingfield ME near the Sugarloaf ski resort, this museum is dedicated to America's most remembered steam-powered automobile and the family that made them. More...

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Stout Scarab (1935), Owl's Head Transportation Museum, Maine

Above, Stout Scarab (1935) at Owl's Head Transportation Museum, Rockland, Maine.

Below, red cars at Toad Hall Classic Car Collection on Cape Cod.

Toad Hall Classic Sports Cars, Hyannisport MA

   
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