The Zimmerman Automobile Driving Museum
The Zimmerman Automobile Driving Museum, located in Los Angeles, CA, is a museum dedicated to the history of automobiles and automotive engineering. The collection covers a wide range from an 1897 Benz Viktoria to rare racing cars used in the Indianapolis 500.
The museum is a non-profit organization and is located in the former residence of Harold C. Zimmerman, an early automobile collector, and racer. The collection has been put together over many years by donations from private collectors and companies such as Rolls-Royce and American Motors Corporation (AMC).
The Museum is open to the public every third Sunday of the month. There are monthly events, lectures, and driving tours in restored vintage automobiles.
At the conclusion of each tour, participants may have lunch at the Valley Hunt Club in North Hollywood or at an old-style diner with servers dressed in uniforms similar to that of a 1950's roadside restaurant.
The Zimmerman Automobile Driving Museum Exhibitions
The Zimmerman Automobile Driving Museum is a unique institution in that it possesses a large collection of rare automobiles and memorabilia from the late 19th century to the mid-20th century. The collection covers a wide range from an 1897 Benz Viktoria, 1899 Panhard Levassor, 1915 Oakland Home Phaeton, 1918 Willys Overland Armored Car, and a 1915 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost. The museum claims to have one of the largest antique automobile collections in North America.
Another exhibit is titled "The Golden Age of Hollywood Cars". This collection began when a personal friend of Mr. Zimmerman, a Hollywood car collector, died and his widow donated the vehicles to the museum. In 2004 the collection was expanded with two additions from other donors including a 1933 Pierce-Arrow convertible and a 1936 Packard 1401 Sedanette. These cars belonged to the famed movie director Cecil B. DeMille and Douglas Fairbanks, famous actor and producer.
The Zimmerman Automobile Driving Museum Facilities
The museum is housed in a retirement residence with a large garage. The collection and artifacts are on public display and there is also a workshop, library, and offices for the curator and archivist.
Visitors can observe working restoration activities as well as view vintage cars undergoing repairs.
Admission at the Zimmerman Automobile Driving Museum is free but donations are encouraged.
The menu at the Valley Hunt Club and Diner includes such selections as hot dogs, hamburgers, salads, sandwiches, and desserts such as root beer floats. Water is served in real glass bottles and waiters wear white shirts with bow ties.
The Zimmerman Automobile Driving Museum Details
The Zimmerman Automobile Driving Museum has antique, vintage & muscle cars, plus an old-school ice cream parlor & space for events.
Address: 610 Lairport St, El Segundo, CA 90245
Phone: (310) 909-0950