The Wisconsin Automotive Museum provides the rare opportunity to see the largest assembled group of Kissel luxury automobiles.
The Kissel, a high caliber custom built automobile, was manufactured in Hartford, Wisconsin, from 1906 until the depression in 1931. Of the 35,000 produced only 200 are known to exist today. The most famous Kissel model was the Speedster, affectionately called the “Gold Bug.” The two passenger “Gold Bug” was owned by such stars of the day as Fatty Arbuckle and Amelia Earhardt. A fine selection of models, including 4 passenger, coupes, touring cars, fire engines and trucks await your inspection.
Another featured car is the Nash which began in Kenosha, Wisconsin. It started when the Thomas B. Jeffery Company was purchased in 1916. The Nash area is sponsored by the Nash Automobile Club of America.
The Hudson Essex Terraplane Historical Society and Southeastern Wisconsin Short Track Hall of Fame both maintain special display areas for those vehicles.
The Museum’s striking art deco interior sets off the 105 “rare treats” on display: Reos, Pierce-Arrows, Pontiacs, Studebakers, Chevrolets, Fords and more. Many models displayed are on loan for an ever changing exhibit.
The collection is rounded out by a growing display of automotive artifacts such as license plates, spark plugs, oil cans and signs and an assortment of industrial engines and outboards built in Hartford from 1936-1992.
The Auto Museum is a unique location for your next special occasion. Banquet facilities are also available at the adjacent Schauer Arts & Activities Center.