Announcements

Hours and admission

We will be open this Saturday, September 3rd, 11:00-4:00!

We are open every Tuesday 1-4 and the first Saturday of the month 11-4.  To help keep our admission free, we have a donation box located at the front desk. Museum parking and entrance is located at the North end of the building. Photos for personal, non-commercial use (cannot be sold for any reason) only are allowed.  No tripods, monopods or selfie sticks.

Click here for Veterans Day 2015 follow-up

 

The Stahls Automotive Foundation

was created to build an appreciation for history. Our mission is to educate, motivate and inspire young people with a passion and appreciation for vintage vehicles and help them to understand their contribution to the development of the car industry as well as their impact on society, history and everyday life.

 

An Educational Car Museum

The Stahls Automotive Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that exists in order to preserve, restore and exhibit specific vintage vehicles of the 20th century for educational purposes.

 

Celebrating Engineering Achievements

Every one of our vintage cars and vehicles demonstrates special creativity and imagination in its engineering and design. Each car was chosen based on the engineering achievements that made it an important part of the evolution of the automobile. The Stahls Automotive collection features continually changing exhibitions or historically significant cars from the Depression and Art Deco eras, along with automobile memorabilia.

 

An Impact on Society

A visit to the Stahls Automotive Foundation will take you back to a time in history when cars were more than just a way to take us from point A to point B. Gain a better understanding of how the automobile developed from a novelty to a main form of transportation. In addition to the beautiful cars, enjoy the collection of gas pumps, road signs, oil cans and other car-related accessories from the Depression era.

Whats New?

This Sunday, we are honored to display our 1934 Duesenberg Model J at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.  This top-notch exhibition dates back to 1950 when two to three dozen cares were displayed, this year, 200 will be shown.  Stay tuned for updates from the show and follow our Facebook posts at https://www.facebook.com/stahlsautomuseum/

 

 

Visitors from all over the world are coming to the museum.  Above, families from The Netherlands and Madrid, Spain recently toured.

 

 

Tonight, July 20th, we are hosting a special fundraising event for Michigan Special Olympics from 5:00-8:00pm. We are collecting a $20 donation at the door, all donations will go directly to Special Olympics.  Every paid entry will receive a ticket for drawings to be held throughout the night.  Each winner will be allowed to choose one of our vehicles to sit in and have a photo taken.  (some vehicles may be excluded) This is not allowed any other time so please come on out for this special event!  

 

It was a great Father's Day weekend for us!  We had 4 of our cars shown at the 2016 EyesOn Design car show on the grounds of the Edsel and Eleanor Ford home in Grosse Pointe, MI.  Our 1931 Cord L-29 LaGrande Speedster was not only the poster car for the show but it also took top honor by winning the Bridgestone Rolling Sculpture Award!  The Auburn took Best in Class along with the Designer's Award and the Alvis came home with 2nd in Class.

 

Just arrived!  Making it's public debut on April 12 is our 1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K "Special Roadster".  This beautiful example comes equipped with a 5,018cc OHV Supercharged Inline 8-cylinder engine, 100 HP or 160 HP with Supercharger engaged.  Come on out and see this "wunderbar" automobile for yourself!

 

Recently some students and staff from the McPherson College Restoration Technology program traveled from McPherson, Kansas to tour our museum and other local collections and restoration shops.  It was great to see that future generations will be able to see living automotive history because of this program.

 

We'd like to introduce our latest addition to the museum!  Hot off the Reliable Truck today!  It's a 1963 Volkswagen Type 2 "23-window" Super Deluxe Microbus with Eriba Puck!  In layman's terms, it's a groovy VW van and camper!  This super-cool set comes with a rare "walk-through" model van with desirable opening "safari" windshields and the camping trailer is believed to be one of five known survivors of a model specifically designed to mate with a Microbus.  This fun new addition is a must-see here at Stahl's Auto Museum!!

 

On Wednesday February 17, we had a private media tour with David of ThumbPrint News scheduled for the day. He asked if he could bring along a friend and his young son, named Preston. He said they would love to see our Tucker because Preston has never seen one of the infamous vehicles designed by the man whose name he carries. Preston was not told why his dad was taking him out of school, just that he was going on a little trip. I saw his eyes light up as he turned the corner and saw #0015 sitting there, right in front of him. I slid the stancions out of the way and opened the drivers side door and told him to get in. He carefully climbed in, I shut the door and his dad took tons of photos, he was smiling from ear to ear. As he got out, all he kept saying was "thank you Dad, thank you for bringing me here" and he was so overcome with emotion. I can tell you that my eyes were not dry either.  Preston Kodet, celebrated his 12th birthday that Friday and we happy to have helped his dad Keith give him a birthday surprise he won't soon forget.

 

Today we had the honor of hosting the unveiling of the poster for the 2016 Eyes on Design event held annually on Father's Day weekend at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford house in Grosse Pointe Shores, MI.  This year the chosen vehicle was none other than our own 1931 Cord L-29.  Pictured is Kathy Lightbody, representing Eyes on Design and artist Jay Koka of Toronto with the original painting of the poster art.  We will post more info regarding this fundraiser benefiting the Henry Ford Department of Opthamology as it draws near.

 

 Come check out our newest display!  Coin-operated gadgets from the past!  See how many you can remember!

 

80 4th grade students from Great Oaks Elementary school in Anchor Bay toured the museum to expand their lesson of automotive history.   

 

Our Veterans Day Event 2015 has come and gone but has left us with some great memories.  A truly heart-warming day shared with heros, patriots and families to say thank you to those who have served, are currently serving or have given the ultimate sacrifice so the rest of us can live free.  Follow the link at the top of the page to see more photos from this very special day.  Remeber to thank a veteran for your freedom not just on Veterans Day, but everyday, for they are the protectors of it.

 

 

Come see the newest arrival here at Stahls!  This beautiful 1926 Duesenberg Model A Roadster!  Some may know this vehicle as "The Krueger Special".

 

 

This past Labor Day weekend, we were honored to present this 1931 Cord L-29 Speedster at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival in Auburn, IN.  The ACD Club is an amazing group of people that really know how to put on a show!  So many beautiful cars and wonderful people there!

 

 The latest addition to the Stahls Museum is this Czechoslovakian made 1948 Tatra T87.  Come on in and see this interesting vehicle with its 3 headlights, rear-mounted engine and aerodynamic body style!

 

 Here is the 1967 Pontiac GTO being loaded into the trailer then heading to Kirkwood, MO to be a part of The Great Race from Kirkwood to the Santa Monica Pier in California.  Follow the 4 Team Stahl entries at www.tedstahl.com!  Good luck to all the racers!

 

Be sure to check our Videos page to see and hear our own John Lauter on the Stahl's Wurlitzer Theater Pipe Organ!

 

Back in  November we held our 1st Annual Veteran's Day event here at the museum. It was very successful and we enjoyed hearing all the stories, seeing all the smiles, handshakes, hugs and tears of all who attended.  In the photo below, John Lind from the Arsenal of Democracy museum in St. Clair Shores, MI, Mary Stahl and Ted Stahl are displaying a check for $22,000 raised for the Wounded Warrior Project on that day.  Thank you to all who attended and donated and especially to those that have served or are currently serving and to their familes. Hope to see everyone at this year's event!

 

 Members of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 9 visited the museum and presented one of our curators John Lauter with a certificate of apprecaition for a monetary donation raised from the Wayne Funk/No Name Car Club Annual Christmas party held here at Stahls Auto Museum.  The check is the initial deposit for the Veterans Memorial Park of Detroit.  Thank you gentleman for your service to our country.  It was an honor to be a part of this fundraising event.

 

 THIS JUST IN! Come see this beautiful 1928 O.W. 4.5 Bentley!  This vehicle had been in England for the past 85 years.  It has now made Stahl's it's new home.  Come and see this incredible leather-bodied vehicle!  

Thank you to MGySgt Raymond W. Mrosewske for representing the US Marines at our Wayne Funk Christmas Party.  These are just some of the wonderful toys donated to the Marines Toys for Tots program!  Thank you for your service!

 

 

Come see the Whoville Family

Sedan driven by none other than Lou Who in Dr. Suess's The Grinch!  Makes a great Christmas photo!

 

This beautiful 1952 Morgan Dellow is a wonderful example of persistance paying off.  In early1952, Mr. Graeme Anton wanted a Plus 4 Roadster to take to the University of Cambridge but the vehicle would not be completed in time.  He purchased the chassis from Peter Morgan and went to see Lionel Evans of Radpanels in Kidderminster, England, known for building the bodies for the successful Dellow trials cars, to have the coachwork completed.  The car was completed in time and the end result is stunning

Please call 586-749-1078 or email info@stahlsauto.com to schedule a group tour.
Museum Hours:
Tuesday 1:00 - 4:00pm
First Saturday of the month, 11:00-4:00, call or email for private group tours

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Stahls Automotive Foundation
56516 North Bay Dr.
Chesterfield, MI 48051
Phone: 586-749-1078

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The Stahls Automotive Foundation is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Foundation incorporated under the laws of the State of Michigan.