Revs Institute gives rare glimpse inside 35 legendary automobiles


1932 Bentley 8 Liter Sports Tourer COURTESY PHOTO

1932 Bentley 8 Liter Sports Tourer COURTESY PHOTO

The popular annual Hoods Up exhibition is returning to Revs Institute from June 18 – July 9. For three weeks only, and just in time for Father’s Day, Revs Institute is doing something quite special. It is opening – or completely removing – the hoods of 35 historical, exceptional automobiles to reveal the engines that power them. The Hoods Up exhibition features cars from Miles Collier Collections.

This is a rare opportunity for guests to see the masterful engineering of historic automobiles firsthand. Some of the engines that will be on display have not been viewed by the public in decades.

New for 2022, Revs Institute’s followers on Instagram and Facebook will be able to vote for a People’s Choice car to be included in the exhibition; a photo scavenger hunt will challenge guests to search for obscure features among the Hoods Up cars, and a photo contest will showcase artistic snapshots of visitors’ favorite cars.

Guests will be welcomed by the collection’s much-lauded docents and volunteers who will be available to discuss these remarkable engines and answer questions. This year’s selections include:

¦ Influential sports cars

¦ Legendary racing machines

¦ Uniquely engineered automotive creations

¦ Over 120 years of innovation

Visitors can see the engines of automobiles built at the dawn of the motor age, including an 1896 Panhard et Levassor Wagonette, the oldest motor car on display at Revs Institute, a rare 1901 Benz Dos-a- Dos and a 1908 Mors Type Grand Prix.

Hoods Up also includes a variety of racing cars from the 20th century. Look under the hood of a 1948 Ferrari 166 Spider Corsa, the first racing Ferrari imported to the United States. Explore other standout racing cars such as the 1963 Corvette Grand Sport, 1962 Jaguar E-Type, and a pair of Ford GT40s.

Hoods Up is included with the price of admission to Revs Institute. Visit to purchase tickets before the hoods close again.

Recognized by Tripadvisor as number one 1 of 116 things to do in Naples and widely regarded as one of the top automotive museums in the world, Revs Institute is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. For more information, visit or call 239-687-7387. Advance reservations only. Regrettably, walk-up visitors cannot be accommodated. ¦

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