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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2019 Second Thursday Talks: Erwin “Cannonball” Baker

Erwin “Cannonball” Baker, Thurs., Dec. 12. Record-setting motorcycle racing pioneer. Presented by Museum Volunteer George Canavan

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2019 Second Thursday Talks: The Evolution of Gasoline Quality

The Evolution of Gasoline Quality. Thurs., Nov. 14. Presented by Museum Docent Chair Rod Smith. Rod Smith heads the docent program at the National Automobile Museum and is retired from Chevron after 34 years in refinery and pipeline management. He served as Operations and Maintenance Manager of the Caspian Pipeline

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