SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Pricey automotive lovers, flip in your engines.

A sweet land of classic American automobiles — stored all however secret since 2001 — welcomes your arrival.

The family-owned Dauer Museum of Basic Vehicles on the western fringe of Dawn quietly opened to the general public final 12 months simply earlier than the shutdown.

“We needed to share it with different individuals. What higher than to point out it and be taught in regards to the nation’s historical past,” says Joanne Dauer, a registered nurse and lecturer on the College of Miami Faculty of Nursing and Well being Research who owns and helps curate the museum alongside along with her husband, Dr. Edward Dauer.


The Dauers, of Coral Springs, personal the 30,000 sq. foot industrial constructing west of Hiatus Street together with their grownup youngsters. The museum is residence to 70 automobiles, most of that are totally restored basic vehicles in impeccable situation.

“Each automotive within the assortment is a high-quality restoration — one hundred pc genuine. The colour out there that 12 months, the equipment. There isn’t any AC if it wasn’t manufacturing unit made that method,” says Edward Dauer, a scientific professor of biomedical engineering, radiology and household drugs at UM.

A trio the Dauers name the triple crown features a 1953 Cadillac Eldorado (the primary 12 months the automotive was made), a 1953 unique Buick Skylark and a 1953 Oldsmobile Fiesta — solely 458 have been ever made.

The costliest Cadillac produced in 1956 can be on show. The Cadillac Imperial Limousine holds 9 passengers and has its unique Arlington inexperienced exterior with an elective gold grille. It’s the one totally restored instance recognized to exist, in accordance with the Dauers.

And the oldest Cadillac within the bunch is a 1906 supply truck with kerosene headlights. The vintage was powered by a single-cylinder engine producing 10 horsepower and was used to ship flowers round Pittsburgh, Penn.

Every automobile, in all its particulars, has a narrative. And for the Dauers, that was the inspiration behind opening the museum’s doorways.

The museum was beforehand invitation-only, and hosted quite a few fundraisers and charitable occasions since 2001. They are saying all through the years they’ve raised hundreds of thousands of {dollars} for the Boys and Women Golf equipment of Broward County. They’ve additionally hosted different organizations together with the American Coronary heart Affiliation and Nova Southeastern College.

The household nonetheless welcomes fundraisers and personal occasions on the museum, however say the choice to go public isn’t monetary.

“We’re into historical past. We put collectively the historical past of the US. It’s not solely the vehicles, it’s the way in which individuals lived,” says Edward Dauer.

“Particularly the youthful technology. They be taught it in the event that they see it and are extra visible learners,” says Joanne Dauer.

Restoring basic vehicles is a longtime ardour for the couple, who share a love of historical past and drugs.

Edward Dauer wears many hats on the College of Miami. However the science and engineering-minded automotive lover says the whole lot he does, even his work in drugs, is a pastime.

“As somewhat child, I might inform you the distinction between a ’56, ’57 and a ’58 Cadillac,” he says.

Joanne Dauer remembers their first trip collectively. “He picked me up in a 1941 four-door Cadillac sedan. There have been two hub caps lacking. Once I sat down wires got here by means of the seat the place I used to be sitting and I used to be considering, what am I doing on this automotive?”

Dauer says made his first basic automotive buy in 1971 and it was apparently the spark, not only for their relationship, however dozens of future automotive restorations collectively.

You’ll be able to see their life’s work together with different memorabilia which have outlined points of America’s historical past together with a number of the nation’s first colour tv cameras, road lights and pay telephones on the household’s museum.

The Dauer Museum of Basic Vehicles is situated at 10801 NW fiftieth St., Dawn. Doorways open Monday by means of Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nights and weekends are by appointment. Name 954-739-0978. Admission is $12.50. Navy and first responders are free.