A car museum with an authentic General Lee? Christine? Herbie? KITT? The Hollywood Star Cars Museum offers much to see…

Located in Gatlinburg, Tennessee (not Hollywood, CA), The Hollywood Star Cars Museum is a find for fans of historically noteworthy classic cars.  The museum features two floors of displays featuring over 40 vehicles.  Cars owned by Frank Sinatra, Elvis, Mike Tyson, Michael Jackson, Bob Hope, The Beach Boys, and more are also viewable every day of the week for a modest $13 entry fee.

(See photo slideshow at bottom of article for what you can expect to see at the Museum)

One doesn’t need to be a fan of celebrity items to appreciate the many classic American and European vehicles shown.  They would be classics in their own right even without being particularly famous.  For example, you’ll see several cars used in The Fast and The Furious movie series, the black Ferrari Daytona driven by Don Johnson in Miami Vice, a ’77 Pontiac Trans Am driven by Burt Reynolds in the first Smokey & The Bandit movie, one of the DeLoreans used by Michael J. Fox in Back To The Future, the “Eleanor” Mustang Nicholas Cage used in Gone in 60 Seconds, a yellow ’77 Chevy Camaro used in Transformers, and much more.

Most movies or television shows using a specific vehicle paint and decorate a large number of them to look exactly the same.  For example, two dozen 1958 Plymouth Furys were restored in bright red paint for the movie Christine.  Over fifty “Herbie” Volkswagen Beetles were produced with the number 53 on the side for use in five Love Bug films over a dozen years.  And over 300 orange 1968-1970 Dodge Chargers were used in the filming over six seasons of The Dukes of Hazzard.

And while over 90 percent of the above mentioned were typically destroyed in stunts, explosions, and crashes, survivors often end up in the hands of collectors and appear for sale every so often.  Which is what allows a museum like Hollywood Star Cars to build inventory.

To see the museum’s website to reserve tickets or find out for more info, see http://www.starcarstn.com/index.html


About Sean

Welcome to Classic Cars Today Online! We seek to explore the subject of classic vehicles from the 1950s through today. It is our belief that a car needn't be old to be respected and admired for graceful design, historical significance, and future value. As founder and Editor-In-Chief, I welcome contributions from you about your own car-related interests and ownership experiences. As far as myself, I've worked in the automotive service field and have been a contributor to Autoweek Magazine, The Star, Mercedes Enthusiast Magazine, Examiner.com and more. Currently, I'm a copywriter and own several foreign and domestic classic cars. In my spare time, you'll find me serving as Technical Editor and officer of several car clubs, being a concours car show judge, and meeting some great folks around the tri-state NY / NJ / Pennsylvania area at car shows. - Sean Connor
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