The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum has a new classic car on display thanks to the generosity of the late Guy Beatty.
Guy Beatty had a love of automobiles. He loved to show his automobiles for people to enjoy them. Rather than selling his automobiles, the Virginia entrepreneur and philanthropist requested that they be donated to museums and other organizations that would care for them and keep their history alive.
After his death in 2013, the ACD Museum accepted a donation of ten classic automobiles. The last of those cars arrived at the museum in February. It is a 1931 Packard 840 Dual-Cowl Phaeton. You can now see this Packard in the Special Interest Gallery at the museum.
“It is an honor that the Beatty’s chose the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum as the stewards of this collection, which is the largest private donation of automobiles in the 45-year history of the museum,” said Brandon J. Anderson, Executive Director & CEO. “It is our honor to preserve, interpret, and display these vehicles for the benefit of the public, which enriches each visitor’s experience and understanding of the history of the automobile.”
Sam Gate, Curator of the museum said, “These fantastic automobiles greatly help the museum to more fully tell our story and share our history. We are honored to carry on Mr. Beatty’s tradition of showing and displaying part of his collection.”