Bennett Classics Antique Auto Museum houses around 70 vehicles manufactured from 1913 to 2013. The museum was started in 2007 by brothers Buddy & Joe Bennett, whose uncle owned a Ford dealership in Burnsville, NC, when they were growing up, instilling in them a lifelong love of cars.
They moved to Rutherford County in the late 1960s, where they both started successful businesses, and on the side started collecting cars. Over the years, their collection that was in storage grew, but it wasn’t until their retirement, when they started sorting through the collection, that they realized they had a whole building full of unrestored, low mileage automobiles. It was then the idea of the museum was born.
The museum won the National Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) Museum Award in 2014, an honor based on the museum’s involvement in community, its presentation of the antique car hobby, the preservation of the automobiles, and the educational efforts of the museum.
The collection includes many types of automobiles, from Model Ts to Mack trucks, a Shelby Mustang, the retired Forest City American Lanfranc fire truck, and a 1963 Ford Mayberry sheriff’s car signed by Don Knotts (A.K.A Barney Fife of the Andy Griffith TV show).
Hours of Operation
Monday thru Friday 10am-5pm; Saturday 10am-3pm.
Adults $10 , Children (7-16) $5. Groups of 10 or more, call for Group Discount.
Located between Asheville and Charlotte off of Hwy 74.