The 1952 Allstate

Online shopping is big now, even for automobiles. But in 1952, the internet was still decades away (1983), and it would be seven more years before the World Wide Web (1990). But there was something almost as good: The Sears Catalog. Sears Department Stores began in 1886, but their catalog

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The MotoMeter

The MotoMeter One of the fun ways to enjoy the National Automobile Museum is to examine the various styles of radiator caps. They range from metal sculptures of classic nudes and racing greyhounds to flying birds and Indian chiefs. But one of the simplest, and most appropriately named, is the

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The Man Behind Lana Turner’s Chrysler Hubcaps

The Man Behind Lana Turner’s Chrysler Hubcaps One of our most beautiful cars at the National Automobile Museum is the 1941 Chrysler Newport Dual Cowl Phaeton/LeBaron. Not only is it gorgeous, it is known as the “Lana Turner” Chrysler. It features what must have been one of the most elegant automotive “rumble seats”

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One of our Most-Famous Movie Cars (maybe)

One of our Most-Famous Movie Cars (maybe) As a museum, we don’t like to cite facts without verification and documentation. But sometimes it’s fun just to speculate. Bill Harrah acquired our 1936 DeSoto Airstream Taxi from a company that once did lots of rentals to movie studios. When you check

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Where’s the Gas Cap?

WHERE’S THE GAS CAP?   This 1936 DeSoto Airstream Taxi shows the cap where you would expect it to be, in the rear.  It’s the most common arrangement used on some early cars and the majority of our current models.             But on this 1928

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Precious Metal Volume 37, No.1, 2020

Precious Metal Volume 37, No.1, 2020

National Automobile Museum opened its doors on Sunday, November 5, 1989; that the collection would remain the Number One attraction in Reno as cited by Trip Advisor and Yelp.

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Al Wasilewski

In Memory of Al Wasilewski.

In Memory of Al Wasilewski. RENO - Albert “Al” Leon Wasilewski passed away on January 22, 2020.Al was born on March 28, 1920 in Cleveland, OH to Vincent And Rose H. (Kozak) Wasilewski. Al married his sweetheart Margaret “Peggy” F. Kosko on December 31, 1938. A few years later they

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Engine

LIGHTS OUT AND DEEP FREEZE

By Jay Hubbard, Automotive Collections Manager Preservation Guidelines for Storage Most collectors are familiar with the processes required for the care and cleaning of the exterior surface areas and the interiors of our treasures. I want to address the care and preservation of those less seen areas, the beating heart

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