About Us

The Collection

Larz and Isabel Anderson began their love affair with the automobile before the turn of the century.  In 1899, soon after they married, they purchased an 1899 Winton Runabout, a true horseless carriage.  From 1899 to 1948 the Andersons purchased at least thirty-two new motorcars, in addition to numerous carriages, thus creating “America’s Oldest Car Collection”.

As the cars became obsolete they would be retired to the Carriage House.  By 1927, the Andersons had opened the Carriage House for tours of their “ancient” vehicles.  When Isabel Anderson passed away in 1948 she bequeathed her entire Brookline estate, including the mansion, Carriage House and land to the Town of Brookline.  She stipulated in her will that the motorcar collection be known as the “Larz Anderson Collection.”  Fourteen of the original thirty-two vehicles remain in the collection.

The Veteran Motor Car Club of America (VMCCA) opened the Antique Auto Museum at Larz Anderson Park in October 1949.  Families proudly displayed their vintage motorcars, competed in lawn games, and enjoyed picnic lunches on the grassy slopes of the Polo Field.  On display were fifteen Anderson automobiles, twenty-four carriages, and six sleighs.  After that, the Museum hosted an Antique Auto Fair, a Glidden Tour, and a Duster Meet.

Since the Grand Opening over sixty years ago the Museum has grown into a major New England non-profit educational institution with community events, lectures, children’s programs, walking tours of the Anderson Park, and an ever-changing series of exhibits on the Andersons, the automobile and its impact on society and our culture.

ANDERSON CARS
1899 Winton
1900 Rochet-Schneider
1901 Winton Bullet
1903 Gardner-Serpollet
1905 Electromobile
1906 CGV
1907 FIAT
1908 Bailey Electric
1910 Panhard et Levasor
1912 Renault
1915 Packard Twin Six
1924 Renault Torpedo
1925 Luxor Taxi
1926 Lincoln

OTHER COLLECTION VEHICLES
1929 Packard Model 640 Roadster
1931 Model A Roadster
1937 Packard Limo
1959 Rolls-Royce Shooting Brake  By Radford

Among those no longer with us:
1905 Walter Tractor & Victoria Carriage
1907 Walter Brougham
1910 American Underslung
1913 Hudson 33
1917 Ford Model T Estate Wagon
1918 Dodge
1920 Dodge Truck
1920 Dodge Hackney
1924 Dodge Sedan
1928 Nash Advanced Six
1930 Packard Limousine
1931 REO Flying Cloud 6-21
1936 Dodge Station Wagon
1938 Dodge Express Truck
1939 GMC Truck
1940 Ford Deluxe Wagon
1941 Packard Suburban
1947 Pontiac Sedan
1948 Ford Super Deluxe Wagon.