Ten years in the making and many disputes with developers and state and local governments later, the LeMay Museum has finally broken ground as of last week. Fitted with a budget of about $100 million and a timeline of 18 months until completion, the LeMay Museum will bring to light the astounding collection of Harold E. LeMay, founder of a waste management business in the state of Washington.

Harold E. LeMay was able to collect about 3,000 cars during his lifetime which is deemed the largest collection of its kind by the Guiness Book of World Records. In 1998, LeMay founded the LeMay Museum with the intentions of displaying his marvelous collection for all to see. Unfortunately, Harold LeMay was unable to see the completion, or even the start for that matter, of his museum before his death in 2000. Of course, as they say, behind a great man there is a wonderful woman and following his death, LeMay’s wife, Nancy, took on the project. With her many fundraising efforts, Nancy LeMay was able to allocate $15 million of her own along with $11 million from the state of Washington, and $1.6 million from AAA car club.

The design for the museum consists of a spiraling display ramp and lots of chrome and glass featuring 500 of LeMay’s classic automobiles sitting on nine acres. Retail shops, dining, and entertainment venues will also take up shop on this parcel of land. Developers project a total of about 425,000 visitors and $34 million in revenue per year.

Among his collection of 3,000 automobiles, LeMay has a 1916 Buick Abadal, a 1924 Lincoln L Towncar, a 1929 Ford Model AA, a 1950 Chrysler New Yorker Convertible, a 1959 Chrysler 300E, a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray, a 1983 DeLorean DMC 12, and just about everything in between.


Source: NYTimes

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  (434) posted on 02.23.2012

They have spent ten years to complete this museum? Well, with those 3,000 cars, it is not impossible. LeMay collected such great cars in the car history.

  (320) posted on 07.18.2011

ten years in the making? I bet that was a huge establishment. Its capacity capacity and collection no wonder why it was given a Guiness World record. And what’s great would be knowing on how it was build and where did they get their aspiration.

  (429) posted on 07.18.2011

I wonder on what would be the total cost of the establishment plus the collection that was displayed here. I bet its owner would be a freaking millionaire!

  (402) posted on 06.1.2011

That’s too much. I know this person has a lot of money to spend. If he needs someone to do inventory of his cars, then I should apply today smiley

  (504) posted on 03.18.2011

Hey, any updates on this news item? It said 18 months to complete, I am wondering what happened to this project?

  (745) posted on 10.22.2010

Budget of $100Million? OMG, that’s plenty of money to invest to set up this collection!

  (807) posted on 10.21.2010

yeah, that museum is extremely amazing. actually this weekend I’m planning to go there.

  (648) posted on 10.21.2010

The museum looks good. I mean 3,000 autos? but i don’t have any idea about the reputation of the LeMay when it comes to this.

  (460) posted on 10.18.2010

yeah but does this guy have the tank car?

  (1023) posted on 06.24.2010

i think the older car of lemay will be highlighted here.. this dude is one hell of a car enthusiast..

  (387) posted on 06.23.2010

3000 cars collected.. dang that’s a record breaking one.. but what is the most iconic car here?

  (434) posted on 06.22.2010

i guess his very first car is also included here.

  (515) posted on 06.21.2010

Probably each of every car inside that museum is worth more than $1 million. Well, LeMay’s really did a great collection and left lot of wealth for his family.

  (808) posted on 06.21.2010

I think you’re right.. jay leno would be the next lemay..

  (417) posted on 06.20.2010

hmm maybe jay leno also want to have that humber of cars but imagine how much money would it take to maintain all of his cars.

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