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Daytrippers: Motoring back in time in Brookline, Mass.

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BROOKLINE, Mass. -- Chrome shines and paint sparkles shimmer, even after a century of existence, at one New England museum.

A visit to the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, Massachusetts is a regal ride back in time. The museum is a beautifully-converted carriage house sitting atop a hill with Boston in the background.

old car 1The landmark bills itself as the oldest collection of motor cars in the country. "They are all authentic and that's what really is great about this collection," said Andrew Newton, education manager at the museum. "They've never changed hands, never been sold, they've never been restored."

The collection features autos from every era, aquired by Larz and Isabel Anderson early in the 20th century. "Total power couple," Newton said. At one time, Isabel was the richest woman in the country. Thirty cars cover two full floors of the museum; cars that date back to the late 1800s, including a 1899 Winton, a 1905 Electromobile, and a 1925 Bugatti.

While there are dozens of antique cars that collectors covet on display, the museum old car 2also gives a nod to some more contemporary -- a Ferrari F2002 racer, and famous flops -- see the sporty "Fisker" on the first floor. The museum often gets cars on loan, so you never know what will drive through the doors. Newton added, "It is definitely a hub for car culture here in New England."

The Larz Anderson Auto Museum is located at 15 Newton St. in Brookline, Massachusetts. It's open Tuesday-Sunday, and adult tickets cost $10, while tickets for kids 6-12 cost $5. Kids under 6 go free.

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