Itty-Bitty Cars at the National Automobile Museum

Events, Things to Do, What's New — By christinanellemann on January 24, 2011 at 4:26 pm

A few new bouncing bundles of joy have come to the National Automobile Museum in downtown Reno. “Quirky Rides” is the museum’s latest exhibit which features cars created by British customizer Andy Saunders and other designers. These cars are so cute you will want to take them home with you…in your purse.

Several of the miniscule cars include:

  • A Picasso Car that was inspired by the artist of the same name. It’s sometimes referred to as the “Pi-car-so.” Saunders took a Citroen and created an asymmetrical and abstract car after seeing Pablo Picasso’s paintings, Three Musicians and the portrait of Dora Maar. This Picasso’s Citroen is fully roadworthy and capable of hitting 65 mph.
  • The tiny Mini Ha Ha can actually perform a wheely in reverse. A Mini Cooper was cut into three pieces and shorted two feet, seven inches. It has a 1300cc engine.
  • A car fashioned from a pile of mismatched wood.
  • A taxicab that didn’t have collecting fares in mind.

The National Automobile is located on Lake Street by the Old Reno Arch, and is created to look like a vintage street scene complete with old movie theater, cafés and sidewalks. The Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $4 for children 6 to 18 years. Children age 5 and younger are free. Free parking is available in the Museum’s parking lot, off Mill Street. For more information, call (775) 333-9300 or visit

Photo courtesy of [brewbooks/Flickr]

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