Point Pleasant vintage car museum takes visitors on a ride through history

BY Lauren Wanko, Correspondent |

At the Vintage Automobile Museum of New Jersey, car enthusiasts buckle up for a road trip through the decades.

The Point Pleasant museum, which was founded 20 years ago, is run entirely by volunteers, who collectively own about 300 vintage automobiles. The museum’s theme changes every two or three months, and cars on display are swapped out with others from the warehouse where the members’ cars are stored. Currently being showcased is the “History on Wheels” exhibit, which features cars from the early 1900s to 1960s.

“We have a 1913 Mercer Raceabout, the car is a replica,” said museum trustee John Mahoney. “The Mercer was built in Trenton, NJ from 1910 to 1925, and this car is a racecar. They used to take this car, take off the fenders, take it to a track and race it. It would go a hundred miles an hour.”

Other favorites include a Ford Model T Huckster Wagon, used for transporting fruits and vegetables from rural to urban areas, a four-door Buick convertible and a Volkswagen Beetle.

Volunteers have been hoping to get more adults and children through the door, even recently launching a youth program in which local teens are restoring a car in the warehouse.

“The car in general is a symbol of freedom and power,” said Mahoney. “Every kid can’t wait till the day they get their license and get a car. And I think they just carry that with them for the rest of their lives.”

The museum is located at 1800 Bay Ave.