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#226, Newport Car Museum visionary Gunther Buerman

Approaching its fifth anniversary, the Newport Car Museum is the largest automotive museum in New England. It celebrates seven decades of modern industrial car design represented in more than 85 vehicles.

It’s all the vision of owners Gunther and Maggie Buerman. The couple, who live in Highland Beach, Florida, and Newport, R.I., opened the museum in 2017. It’s located about 20 miles north of Newport in Portsmouth.

The Newport Car Museum has a varied collection of vehicles and a corresponding history museum.
The Newport Car Museum has a varied collection of vehicles and a corresponding history museum.

Gunther Buerman, originally from Mannheim, Germany, moved as a young boy with his family to New York. His interest in automobiles began when he practiced wax paper transfer etchings of car advertisements from National Geographic Magazine. He was willed a 1966 Ford Mustang convertible in the mid-1980s from an uncle and his passion for cars hasn’t waned.

A former chairman of Harris Beach, LLC, a major New York law firm and current chairman of American Rock Salt Co. in Retsof, N.Y., Buerman is my guest on Episode #226 of The Weekly Driver Podcast.

The vehicles is the Newport Car Museum are owned by Gunther Buerman.
The vehicles is the Newport Car Museum are owned by Gunther Buerman.

Co-host Bruce Aldrich and I interview the car collector and avid sailor about his nearly lifelong interest in cars and his decision to start a museum.

“It was a wonderful, wonderful car that I admire for a long time,” recalls Buerman. “But my love of cars started before then. I especially remember drawing over some of those cars from Studebaker and Packard dealerships of that time and important Mercedes.

 

The Newport Car Museum has more than 85 vehicles on display.
The Newport Car Museum has more than 85 vehicles on display.

“I was so enamored by the Gullwing that was pictured in the middle of National Geographic and doing my own rendition of it. In fourth grade when they had vocation day and asked, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ Everyone wanted to be doctors, lawyers and Indian Chiefs; I wanted to be president of General Motors.”

The Newport Car Museum is far more than its iconic cars from Ford and Shelby to Fin Cars and Muscle Cars. The varied collection is a also museum for complemented mid-20th Center Modern furnishings by renowned international designers and automotive artworks by Los Angeles-based artist David Lloyd Glover.

Please join us for an entertaining episode with Gunther Buerman. His passion for automobiles is readily apparent.

For information visit: The Newport Car Museum

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