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Vehicle Donations

All Antique, Classic, and Collector Cars in good condition wanted!


Free pick-up from almost anywhere in the country and a tax deduction! Donate to support the museum!


We have a wonderful museum with over 150 classic cars and trucks on exhibit in historical groupings. Change, however, is important to maintain public interest and to advance our mission to preserve, exhibit and teach the story of the automobile and its influence on our lives; therefore, we are constantly seeking new donations for the exhibit.


Some cars end up in our collections and some are also sold - all options support the museum's mission to preserve, exhibit, and teach the story of the automobile and its influence on our lives. 


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


While our long-term goal is to obtain these as donations to the California Automobile Museum, we are always interested in displaying loaned vehicles at the museum. If you are interested in exhibiting your vehicle on loan, you can find more information on this webpage. The condition of the car, museum space, the significance of the vehicle’s history, and more all play a part in if a vehicle is able to be displayed at the California Automobile Museum.


The Essential Details


To claim a tax deduction, exhibit cars must be appraised within 60 days of the date of donation by a qualified appraiser who can provide the proper IRS forms. If you can’t find an appraiser, we can refer you to one and will do all the donation and IRS paperwork.


Used cars and trucks not suitable for the exhibit will be brought to Sacramento if their value is more than the transportation cost. They will be prepared for sale and retailed at the Museum. Their selling price will be your tax deduction.


You will receive a receipt and the Museum will do all DMV paperwork to transfer title and IRS paperwork to claim a tax deduction. Your deduction will be whatever the vehicle actually sells for, which we guarantee will be more than other charities get when they turn them over to an auction yard or third party!


If a vehicle is not approved for the exhibit, donated vehicles still are an excellent help to the museum! We sell them ourselves. No middleman. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of donated vehicles go directly to the Museum.


We are an IRS approved 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We need your donation!


Call: (916) 442-6802 ext. 16 to talk about your car or send us an email.


To submit an online donation, fill out the following form:



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