The cars that set the standards for the engineering of automobiles today.
Located in the Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersburg area of west central Florida, the Tampa Bay Automobile Museum, features a unique collection of vintage cars and vehicles that demonstrate special creativity and imagination in their history and engineering. They include pioneering front wheel drive and rear engine cars from the 1920’s and 1930’s, and each vehicle was chosen based on the engineering achievements that made it an important part of the evolution of the automobile. Visitors enjoy a provocative blend of art and science in 12,000 square feet of gallery space.
A FEW WORDS FROM THE OWNER
Polypack, Inc. designs and manufactures automatic packaging machinery. This is a technical activity based upon research and innovation. Behind any machine, robot, computer or automobile stands a human being. His or her ability to create and give life – albeit a very limited artificial life – to useful equipment will lead to the development of material progress.
I was born in France and bought my first “vintage car” out of necessity in the 1950’s when a car such as a Talbot, Delahaye or Darl’ Mat was less expensive than a modern “people’s car”. I loved those classics and one after another, after good service, they were garaged, waiting for better years. Tatra cars from Czechoslovakia became another interest. I was intrigued by technology and styling that could almost have come from outer space. The idea of a collection based upon avant-garde automobile technology grew stronger every day.
Tatra and its engineer, Hans Ledwinka, symbolize the rear – engine technology; front wheel drive engineering was the obvious counterpoint with its great apostle Jean Albert Gregoire. They are the Yin and Yang of automobile technology. In the course of our research, we discovered more creative engineers, some of whom are unknown to the public at large. The names include Jaray, Muller, Porsche, Rasmussen and Rohr.
We hope you will enjoy our collection at the Tampa Bay Automobile Museum while discovering the great engineers who designed and built these innovative cars. Welcome to Polypack’s tribute to creativity and imagination.
Alain A. Cerf
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We apologize for any inconvenience during this challenging time but it is for the health and safety of our staff and guests. Limited entry is mandated by Pinellas County and the State of Florida. We do require that all guests, as well as Museum staff wear face masks and maintain proper social distancing. The Museum is adhering to the CDC Guidelines for keeping the public areas clean. Thank you for understanding and should you have any further questions or concerns, please call 727-579-8226
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Tampa Bay Automobile Museum
3301 Gateway Centre Blvd.
Pinellas Park, FL 33782 USA
Monday - 10am - 4pm
Wed- Sat: 10am - 4pm
Sunday: Noon - 4pm
$10 Seniors (61+)
$8 Youth and Active Military
12 and under Free
Groups of 12 or More $8 pp