If you have an interest in visiting a classic car museum and visiting with its unique owner, you should plan your trip soon. Scotty’s Classic Car Museum in Arma, Kan., is being offered for sale. For slightly under $500,000 you can acquire the contents of the museum which includes 10 vehicles, 40 neon signs, 10 bicycles, 16 pedal cars, seven gas pumps, two Coke machines, 14 mannequins, lighted signs, Coke, Pepsi and NASCAR collectibles, clocks, thermometers, dolls, entire gift shopand thousands of display items including hundreds of diecast cars and banks.
According to owners Scotty and Phyllis Bitner, the collection contains a huge Ford Dealership Neon Sign and Neon Clock that was in the original dealership since 1916. The Bitners spent 40+ years collecting these items and have maintained the home and museum operation since 1999. There is no charge to visit the museum and the Bitners offered their vast collection for public viewing as a community service.
Scotty has had a love for cars since a young child. His dad had a garage in the back yard of their home and worked on cars. At the age of 13 (1951) Scotty went to work after school for a local car dealer. In 1973, he started his own business, which now operates under the direction of his oldest son, Mike.
“When I was a kid, I had a 1947 Hudson and every night I put $1 worth of gas and three quarts of oil in it,” Scotty said.
He says his best and worst car in the museum is the 1938 Ford Club Cabriolet which is now a showpiece. The car was literally in a basket in pieces. He restored it and after doing some research has only been able to find five similar cars in existence.
Scotty has been in the automobile industry for over 60 years, an owner/manager in the automobile industry over 30 years, an owner/manager of the Classic Car Museum, an experienced appraiser, a licensed Kansas dealer, a collector car owner for 50+ years, a member or several clubs and museums.
Scotty and his wife said they feel that historical items need to be preserved for future generations to study and enjoy.
The contents of the museum can be purchased by contacting the Bitners at 620-249-9333 or 620-249-5555. For more information, visit www.scottysclassiccars.com. The contents will only be sold as a package and will not be pieced out.
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