The Newport Car Museum unveiled its limited edition 2018 Ford GT to a large crowd on Saturday, August 4. Buyers of the $450,000 (MSRP) “supercar” are handpicked by the automaker. Auction prices of the cars at resale have been upward of $1 million. Only 1,000 are set to be built through 2020. (This is #109 of 138 built so far.)

The Museum recently added the Ford GT and 15 other new cars to make now 70+ cars in six galleries.

Visit The Newport Car Museum

To enjoy the full experience of the Newport Car Museum, visitors should allow from 90 minutes to a full afternoon or morning. That includes time to enjoy the collection’s six galleries (Ford/Shelby, Fin Cars, World Cars, Corvettes, Mopars, and the new “American Muscle: “Then & Now”); the specially commissioned videos and artwork in each; and free driving time on one of eight Playseat driving simulators powered by Forza Motorsport. The simulators have become a wildly popular “surprise ending” to the Newport Car Museum experience, allowing one to test his or her driving skills in just about any car imaginable on just about any road course in the world.  The museum also has a collection of Mid-Century modern furniture interspersed throughout the 70,000 square feet of exhibit area and a large gift shop.

Tickets for the museum are $18 / adults, $15 / Seniors, Military, Students, and $8 / Ages 5-15 (with an adult). Children 4 and under are free with an adult.

Newport Car Museum is handicap accessible and hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Sunday. Address: 1947 West Main Rd. (Enter at Light), Portsmouth, R.I. 02871, 401-848-2277. .

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

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In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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