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Feature • Miami Car Museum

Boys like their toys and, boy, does Michael Dezer have an amazing collection...

The New York real estate developer was hooked after getting his first Vespa scooter as a teen. He began collecting all sorts of motorized vehicles— from scooters, motorcycles, classic automobiles and expensive sports cars to fantasy vehicles from television and the movies—more than 1000 in all.

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t’s easy to get lost in the Miami Auto Museum. Guests are advised to follow the taped arrows through the two, 200,000 sq. ft. warehouses located just off of Biscayne Blvd. in North Miami. Every turn reveals new surprises. The self-guided tour is a trip through history beginning with a Ford Model A and tracing the development of the auto in the U.S. and Europe. It seems hardly possible for Dezer to squeeze one more vehicle into the first building that houses the classic cars. There’s a rare 1927 Dusenberg Model X, one of only a handful to survive, as well as Chevies, Cadillacs and Packards. Perhaps more interesting are the European models, much smaller and completely quirky French Citroens, Italian Fiats, Swedish Volvos and German Audis, as well as rarer models from Israel, England and other countries. The second building houses 80 vehicles from the “Dezer’s Hollywood collection, including an original 1966 George Barris Batmobile, the 1981 DeLorean from “Back to the Future,” “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” and iconic Story and photographs by J.W. Arnold vehicles from “Miami Vice,” “Ghostbusters,” “The Flintstones” and more. The collection also includes six pristine Aston Martins from the “James Bond” movies, a BD-5 microjet and the T-55 tank from the 1995 film, “Goldeneye.” The museum features a full-service cafeteria, gift shop and regularly hosts corporate and community events in the various showrooms. A second location is expected to open at Xtreme Sports Park in Fort Lauderdale next year.

Miami Auto Museum

Miami Auto Museum 2000 NE 146th St. North Miami, FL 33181 Open Daily 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. DezerCollection.com

November 2016  THE

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