A Guided Tour of The Martin Auto Museum [Video]

Martin Auto Museum Shelby Cobra
A 1965 Shelby AC Cobra on display at the Martin Auto Museum in Phoenix.

The Martin Auto Museum in Phoenix, Ariz. is a celebration of one man’s passion for automobiles.

Mel Martin, founder of the museum, started collecting cars at an early age after moving to Arizona when he was 16 years old. The museum, which is a non-profit organization started in 2008, highlights just a portion of Martin’s collection.

The museum features 62 vehicles from Martin’s collection. Some of the most notable are a 1965 Shelby AC Cobra with only six miles that’s signed by Carroll Shelby himself and a 1930 Duesenberg Boattail with a 320 horsepower engine and a top speed of 135 mph.

Martin Auto Museum Duesenberg

The museum’s website states that the Duesenberg was owned by gangster Jake “The Barber” Factor and cost $25,000 when new in 1930.

The museum is as eclectic as the collection itself, with cars from every era and every manufacturer in no particular order. A slammed, customized pickup sits next to a classic Buick. A classic stock car shares space with an old DeSoto.

Martin Auto Museum pickup

The Martin Auto Museum is located off of I-17 on North Black Canyon Highway in Phoenix and is open Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Go to the museum’s website at www.martinautomuseum.com for more information and photo galleries.

Love classic cars from any era? Then enjoy the full TFLclassics video of the Martin Auto Museum below: