Ideal Classic Cars is located in Venice. The question is, is it a museum or a dealership? Well it appears to be both.

There’s no telling what will greet you on any given day at Ideal Classic Cars

Set along the US 41 Bypass, Ideal Classic Cars has over 100 vintage, classic and custom cars, trucks, vans and motorcycles. They are parked in a 30,000 square foot, air conditioned building. Moreover, as the ICC staff buys and acquires vehicles, the inventory changes on a daily basis. That means each trip is something new.

A Great Collection

Not only are there vintage vehicles, vintage signs line the walls.

While most of the inventory consists of American made cars, there also are imports and even some customized vehicles. On our trip, we saw a couple of Star Wars Landspeeders, the Mystery Machine from the Scooby Doo cartoon series as well as Speed Racer’s Mach 5.

The Mach 5 was accurate down to the cutting blades on the front.

Cars date from the early days of automobiling, to very recent models. There also are movie cars and celebrity owned vehicles. What is amazing is the sheer number of vehicles and the amount of detail that has been put into each one. Each is pristine – and ready for sale.

Some of the displays are little vignettes of how it used to be.

It’s More Than Cars

In addition to the cars and signs, there are pieces of automotive history. There are old gas pumps, soda machines and even some fully restored paper towel dispensers that sat on the pump island where the attendant could check your oil and wipe your windshield.

The vintage artifacts are some of the most interesting.

You literally can spend hours inside Ideal Classic Cars looking at the different vehicles and quietly reliving the time when those things were new – or at least commonplace. They also have a wonderful little gift shop full of vintage items and re-creations of old signs and such.

The best thing is, it’s free to browse for as long as you like. They only ask that you fill out a short form and give them your email. Ideal Classic Cars is well worth the time and effort to stop by and see these wonderful, immaculately restored vehicles and think about the good ol’ days.

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