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Display your Vehicle

Exhibit Your Vehicle


The majority of the vehicles on display at the California Automobile Museum are owned by private exhibitors.  This allows for greater rotation of vehicles in our regular as well as rotating displays.


If you have an exceptional vehicle that you believe the Museum might be interested in displaying, you are welcome to submit a request to display the vehicle to our Exhibits Committee for consideration.  Please e-mail a few recent photographs of the vehicle along with a description of the significance of your particular car to


This request will then be forwarded to our Exhibits Committee for consideration and you will be notified if your vehicle fits our criteria and would be a good addition to our Museum.  If accepted, you will be asked to complete an Exhibitor Agreement and keep it on display for an agreed upon amount of time.  There are limited in and out privileges with advance notice.


If you have any questions about the process, feel free to contact the Museum Director, Karen McClaflin, at 916-442-6802 x1.


Our long-term goal is to add to our collection through donations to the California Automobile Museum. If you are interested in donating your vehicle (free pick-up from almost anywhere in the country and a tax deduction), you can find more information on this webpage.



Curator's and Collections Committee's Wish List
  • 1901-1907 Curved Dash Oldsmobile

  • 1920s-30s Studebaker

  • 1955-1964 Ford Country Squire Wagon

  • 1950s Nash/AMC Rambler

  • 1957-61 Chrysler Corp cars “forward look”

  • 1953 Studebaker Coupe (or 57-59 Hawk, 50-51 Bullet-nose)

  • 1940s/50s Hot Rod (historically appropriate)

  • 1940s/50s/60s Custom (historically appropriate)

  • 1955-67 VW Type 2 bus

  • 1961-1972 Ford F100 Pickup

  • 1965-75 Lincoln Continental or similar full-size luxury cars

  • 1960s Chevy Corvair (or Ford Falcon, Plymouth Valiant, Dodge Dart or Ford Pinto, Chevy Vega)

  • 1960s Ford Ranchero or Chevy El Camino

  • 1973-1979 Honda Civic (or Toyota Corona/Corolla, Datsun 1200/510)

  • 1984-1989 Dodge Caravan or Plymouth Voyager (faux wood preferred)

  • 1980s Chrysler K-Car or X-car (sporty, decal pinstriping preferred)

  • 1970s/80s quality home-built electric conversion

  • 1991-1994 Ford Explorer or 1987-93 Jeep Cherokee/Wrangler (or similar early 1990s small to mid-size SUV, Toyota RAV4, Honda CRV)

  • 2003-2009 Hummer H2

  • 2005 Ford Mustang

  • 1990s/2000s Four-door pickup (Ford F150, Dodge Ram, etc)


Additional cars we may be interested in:

  • Late 1800s/early 1900s horse-drawn carriage/cart

  • 1902-1910 Tourist (CA-made)

  • Pre-WWI automobiles

  • 1927-1933 LaSalle

  • Excellent example of art deco/streamline (Cord, Auburn Boattail, LaSalle)

  • Black out cars from WWII

  • Tucker/Darren/Ghia during late 40s/early 50s

  • Studebaker Avanti

  • 1960s/70s Volvo 140/240, 1960s/70s BMW 1800/2000, 1970s Saab 99

  • AMC Gremlin

  • 1971-81 Toyota Celica

  • 1974-83 VW Rabbit (Golf) Mk1 (diesel especially)

  • 1982-1988 Cadillac Cimarron

  • 1970s Datsun 620 Pickup or 80s Toyota Hilux (or similar)

  • 1980s Volvo Wagon


The condition of the car, museum space, the significance of vehicle’s history, and more all play a part in if a vehicle is able to be displayed at the California Automobile Museum. All offered vehicles are kept on file for potential future display in our exhibits or special displays. Thank you for your support!

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