1946 Kurtis-Kraft Offenhauser Midget

One of the first things you see when you walk into the museum now is this cool little Midget!  This 1946 Kurtis- Kraft Offenhauser Midget is thought to be from around the Cleveland area but the little is known about its history. There were only about 57 of these cars built.

From 1934, through the 1970’s, the Offenhauser engine dominated American Open wheel racing.  This engine won the Indianapolis 500 27 times. One of the keys to the Offenhauser engine’s success and popularity was its power. A 251.92 cubic inch (4,128.29 cm³) DOHC four-cylinder racing Offy with a 15:1 compression ratio and a 4.28125-by-4.375-inch (108.744 mm × 111.125 mm) bore and stroke, could produce 420 hp (310 kW) at 6,600 rpm (1.77 hp per cubic inch (81 kW/L). Other variants of the engine produced even higher outputs of 3 hp per cubic inch (137 kW/L). Another reason for the engine’s success was its reliability; its monobloc construction meant it was not vulnerable to head gasket or cylinder stud problems, and allowed for higher cylinder pressures.

Head on into the Dream Car Museum today and check out this awesome Midget!

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The McLaren MP4-12C

If you visited the museum then chances are this beauty caught your eye.

The 2014 McLaren MP4-2C features a carbon fiber composite chassis and is powered by a 3.8 Liter V-8 engine. It can go 0 to 60 in 2.9 seconds. It is crazy fast with top speeds of 205 miles per hour!

Our McLaren has a 7 speed dual clutch, automatic with manual shifting mode.

This car is not only fast but it’s beautiful too.

I would say you don’t want to over look this beauty but I’m pretty confident you can’t.

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Ultimate Barn Find

Having been stored in a barn for nearly 40 years, this Corvette remains in “as discovered” condition.

This Corvette, was purchased more than 40 years ago in California and was found in 2010 by Mike Yager. It was discovered more than 200 feet from the main county road off the beaten path in Central Illinois.

It was hidden from the road by trees and brush and surrounded by tall weeds. It was the inspiration to his book, “Corvette Bible”, and was featured in several magazines and automotive websites.

The door to this barn had been nailed shut for all of that time, nearly four decades. Still sitting on a car trailer when they opened it up was a 1957 Corvette.

This particular Corvette had a production number of 5,081 of 6,339 produced in 1957. It has a small block V-8, NOM.

Head on into the Dream Car Museum an take a look at it in person and don’t worry, we removed the dead squirrel so it wouldn’t stink. 🙂

The Fast and Furious Charger

The Dream Car Museum is pleased to share this unique piece of film and automotive history. This car was used during the filming of the 2001 movie that ignited an entirely new generation to the passion of cars. The 1970 Charger shown at the Dream Car Museum was used during the climactic race near the end of the movie where Vin Diesel’s character, Dom Toretto, crashes into a truck and dramatically flips the car multiple times.

The car is on display in the condition it was left at the end of filming and is accompanied by a wide assortment of other “Fast and Furious” memorabilia.