7/7/2017 Audrain Auto Museum, Newport, Rhode Island
From here I’m going to show you the most notable cars I saw at the museum. Later on I’ll put a gallery of the rest of the collection.
I like how they list the racing history of the basic car itself. The museum had ipads that scolled in time (I couldn’t make them scroll faster as it would mess them up unfortunately). This was also the very first cobra daytona coupe I’ve ever seen in person although many of the cars in the museum I’ve actually seen for the first time. I love the styling and how this dinosaur of a car was able to prove to the racing world that U.S. cars could compete international motorsports.
The fun fact about this is that only 12 of the S7s made were fitted with the competition package, adding power and a sportier suspension package. This is the only S7 in the world that was given an Auburn Orange paint job from the factory with the competition package installed.
This Ferrari was not only the first car to be named the Europa, but also shows a strong example of how 50’s styling shined in its heyday (basically a cultural time capsule). This is the first Pirifarina styled car I’ve ever seen, on the side towards the bottom you can see the emblem of the group.
The ‘13 911 GT3 seen was an authentic racer that was also sponsored by the museum. I think I remember the info saying it also raced in 24 Hours of Le Mans. It was good for them to open part of the car to show whats underneath (even though it was the frunk). The 911 R however caught me completely off guard, I know (and we know already) that this Carrera was limited to 911 models (not a typo) and it almost instantly sold out. I don’t remember if it was naturally aspirated but I know it was made to be the “purist’s car.”
The car here is what I like to call the “Premium Challenger” and with good reason. This car is gorgeous (although I like seeing it in green or purple with the black / white side decal respectively) along with a slight power upgrade from the Challenger R/T. The information also brings up that the last Cuda sold in auction was priced at $2.5 million.
This exact car here was owned by the heiress of the American Tobacco Company (the first company to have a license to use the first cigarette rolling machine) known as Doris Duke. I actually visited her summer home the day before seeing the museum (she died in 1993 so the mansion, “Rough Point,” is now open for tours). I thought this was complete irony to run into something like this in my two day getaway.
The best gripping U.S. production car of all time, the fastest Dodge in history (in terms of overall performance), and one of the most “affordable” hyper cars out there. It was an honor to even come close to it. I’ve always loved this car since I was a kid, though it’s sad to hear that this year is the last for the viper.
and now for the rest of the museum
So that was my time at Audrain Auto Museum. It’s really worth the visit. The collection in the room does rotate every three months and in about 2 to three months there should be a new collection of cars. I didn’t put down all of the info of all of the cars so if you want to see the current collection, less spoilers for everyone!