MURPHY AUTO MUSEUM
It’s a little off the beaten path, among car shops and light industry in Oxnard. Within a former warehouse, you’ll find jammed packed, fender to fender an amazing, decidedly eclectic collection of classic cars. An avid car collector while his medical practice was thriving, when Dr. Dan Murphy retired, he focused on his passion for cars and nostalgia. First housing his cars in Ventura starting in 2002, the collection moved to the larger facility in Oxnard three years later, where it has grown with the contributions of other collectors and enthusiasts.
Auto Museum began its collection focused on American classic cars,
with a primary
focus on Packards, those running board sedans from
1940’s gangster movies. The museum collection has grown and evolved
over time to form a display of over 40 vintage vehicles from other eras.
As early as an antique 1903 Oldsmobile to the throaty Muscle Cars on
the 1960s and 70s. The collection is never exactly the same as other
collectors have joined in the mix of glistening pride on display. Packed
on the shiny checkered tile floor hubcap to hubcap you’ll find
Cadillacs and Mustangs, race cars and limousines. Discover a real “Woody”,
that curious mix of car and luggage cart, designed principally to pick
up passengers from the train depot, starting the name “station
wagon” and later the symbol of the California culture, stuffed
with surfboards sticking from the back.
The Murphy Car Museum is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm. The Murphy Museum is a non-profit foundation. Admission is a suggested donation of $9 for adults, Children (12 yrs. & under) $5. © Bargain Travel West
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