Maricopa, Arizona: Dwarf Car Museum

The "Father of the Dwarf Car," Ernie Adams, hand-builds operational classic car replicas at 5/8 scale. It can take years to make one, and usually something is in progress.
Address:
52954 West Halfmoon Rd., Maricopa, AZ
Directions:
Near Phoenix on I-10, Exit 164 to AZ-347 south, turn right on W Century Rd, left on N Warren Rd, and right on W Half Moon Rd. It's the first property on the right.
Hours:
Daily 9-4 (call ahead on weekends) (Call to verify)
Phone:
520-424-3158
Admission:
Donations welcomed.
RA Rates:
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Really nice people running the Dwarf Car Museum. Lots of cool information about the building process.

[Adam, 05/13/2019]
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Ernie was building another car when we arrived. He put on a video for us to watch that told about his work. He was very gracious and talked about his cars and museum.

[Gayle Kerch, 10/07/2016]

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What an amazing stop. The craftsmanship and friendliness of the shop was awesome. Ernie's got an amazing passion and imagination for cars!

[Rocky, 06/03/2015]

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Amazing, made from scratch, actual fully functional 5/8th size replicas of classic American cars, such as a '49 Mercury. Meet Eddie Adams himself. You'll be awestruck.

[George Gruel, 03/21/2015]

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Dwarf Car Museum

Local mechanical genius Ernie Adams builds 5/8 replicas of classic automobiles. He builds them entirely by hand, they are fully street legal, and take anywhere from one to five years each to complete. You'll see finished and in-progress versions of these one-of-a-kind creations. The mini machines started as race cars meant as affordable alternatives to stock cars, and the "Dwarf Racer" circuit Adams created still exists today, but nowadays he only builds the sexy "cruisers."

He never sells anything he builds, so don't even try to buy one. "I don't build things to make money," he said. "It's what I do to have something no one else has got. "Every day at 4:30pm is 'break time,'" when nearby friends and neighbors stop whatever they're doing to gather at the space and shoot the breeze; this is the best time to visit. (If you plan on visiting on a weekend, call ahead of time.)

Be sure to get the tour of the property, and ask about his pet cemetery.

[Jeff Diehl, 02/18/2012]

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