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“Great collection of sports cars for car enthusiasts”

Toad Hall Classic Sports Car Museum
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New Haven, Connecticut
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great collection of sports cars for car enthusiasts”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2014

I am a sports enthusiast and this small museum had a great collection of unique sports cars. The cars are mostly British sports cars from the 50's and 60's, but there is also a great mix of other cars, such as Datsuns, Lotus, TVR's, and a Mazda RX-7, all painted in red, with the exception of one green car. Most of the cars are very rare and extremely collectible. The owner was a former racer and his passion for these cars really shows in the sheer number of cars in this small space. The condition of some of the cars is not great and not museum quality, but they are very unique and it's fun to see them up close all in one place.

Visited May 2014
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Des Moines, Washington, United States
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37 reviews
19 attraction reviews
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“Interesting but underwhelming”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2014 via mobile

The car collection itself is actually pretty amazing and Bill the owner is a former racer himself back in the days of Paul Newman. The cars have been left to slowly go down hill. They are stored in rather open garages, the cats are allowed to walk all over what was once beautiful red paint, the sea salt air is doing a number on the cars as rust is beginning to show. The history on he walls such as pictures are even rotting or faded. As a car lover, it was rather sad to see especially for the price of $8 per adult and $4 per teen

Visited April 2014
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Boston, Massachusetts
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43 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Cape Cod kid-friendly vacation attraction of sports cars”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2014

50 sports cars, all in one place, and all red, in honor of the famous Wind in the Willows character, Toad, whose car was bright red. All the cars are in very good condition and Bill (the owner of these cars) is extremely friendly and knowledgeable. We spent at least an hour mulling around in the museum collection, looking at all of them and taking pictures. We enjoyed the car museum, as the collection is truly amazing. Definitely worth a stop if you're near Hyannis and a real sports car nut. This is one of the best reasons we booked this Inn. The inn, right next door to Toad Hall, is also one of the best family inns on Cape Cod. It added to an already perfect vacation, as we were guests of Simmons Homestead Inn, and the entire group was admitted free!

Visited March 2014
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BillPutman, Owner at Toad Hall Classic Sports Car Museum, responded to this review, April 14, 2014
Actually it's not bad for adults. With most cars in the 1950s-60s-70s they bring back fond memories.
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Burntisland, United Kingdom
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148 reviews
41 attraction reviews
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“Sad to see the best of Brittish die!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2013

Went to see this attraction today and was disappointed to see the state of these classic British sports cars. They are sadly in need of restoration and when done would be worth a 'packet'.

There's a Daimler SP250 that would be worth $100,000 if restored. The Jaguar XK120 would be worth treble that. What a waste of an extensive collection.

It's not helped by a couple of rusting Jaguar hulks, especially the XJS as the enticement to spend $8 to view the collection. It was a sad sight to someone who really love classic cars.

Visited September 2013
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New York
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74 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Fun if You're Into Cars!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2013

This museum has a sweet collection of vintage vehicles. All of them are painted red. Most are British and some are still in use.

Visited August 2013
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