We’ve got all kinds of cars! There are cars that look like the horse is missing, cars with bullet noses and cars with fins as big as airplane wings. Some are unique and some are examples of the vehicles that used to fill our streets.

Virginia Museum of Transportation auto gallery

Few visitors to the Museum will know that Virginia was a participant in the early automobile industry. Three companies produced automobiles in the state in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Dawson Auto-Mobile of Basic City, near Harrisonburg, built a steam-powered runabout between 1899-1901. The total output of the company was one vehicle. Kline Kar, a Pennsylvania company, operated a plant in Richmond from 1912-1923. The Piedmont Motor Car Company produced roadsters, touring cars and small trucks in nearby Lynchburg from 1917 to 1922. Vehicle sales ended in 1923.

Piedmont Touring Car

Of the three companies, the Piedmont Motor Car Company was the only one chartered in Virginia to mass produce automobiles. In fact, to this day, Piedmont Motor is the only automobile company ever chartered in the State of Virginia. Only three Piedmont vehicles are known to exist. The Virginia Museum of Transportation is proud to exhibit one of the three, a 1923 Piedmont 4-30 Touring Car. Read more about the Piedmont…

Please note exhibits change throughout the calendar year without notice.


AMC Ambassador DPL
Cadillac Fleetwood Coupe
Chevrolet Corvair 500
Chevrolet Corvair Monza
Chevrolet Impala
Chrysler Desoto Fireflite Sportsman
DeLorean DMC-12
Desoto SC
Detroit Electric Car, Clear Vision Brougham, Model 42
DuPont Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Fiat 124 Sport Spider Convertible “Artmobile”
Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor P71
Ford Model T Roadster
Ford Model T Touring Car
Ford Mustang GLX Convertible
Ford Sedan
Ford/Team VictorTango “Odin”
General Motors EV-1
Lincoln Capri Convertible
Mercedes-Benz 450 SL
Oldsmobile Curved Dash (replica)
Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme SX
Packard Super Eight
Piedmont Touring Car Model 4-30
REO Phaeton Touring Car
Rolls Royce Silver Shadow II
Studebaker Land Cruiser
Studebaker Lark
Studebaker President “Speedster”
Volkswagen Super Beetle
Willys-Overland Whippet