A bar with cars, and lots of them

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Like Tim Majors, most of the cars in his collection are imports, but the array in the M Bar includes this Mustang, some Corvettes and a Thunderbird. All but a handful have convertible or removable tops, because Florida | Jim McCraw photos

In the heart of downtown Orlando, in the neighborhood known as Ivanhoe Village, there is a three-story building that houses some but not all of Tim Majors’ companies.  A burly lad of 48 summers, Majors is an Australian transplant entrepreneur who deals in real estate and other ventures, but he also happens to be a car nut.  

So, the M Bar, an operating cocktail and small-plates bar on the ground floor of his building, is absolutely stuffed with cars, nearly 50 of them.  

In the front window, a a Ferrari 246 Dino on a turntable, surrounded by motorcycles, art, and other objects of beauty

The front window houses a spinning turntable and a red Ferrari Dino 246 surrounded by motorcycles, candelabra and art objects.  The entryway is guarded by a white Metro bread van lettered Majors Motors.  The letter M is everywhere.  The deejay station in the bar is made from a Beetle convertible.

The M Bar car collection contains the world’s largest private collection of Kaiser Darrin roadsters, the wonderful collaboration between metals magnate Henry J Kaiser, who supplied the chassis and running gear, and designer Howard “Dutch” Darrin, who designed the car with its signature sliding doors.  There are 10 of them here in their own room, celebrating the fact that the Darrin was America’s first production fiberglass sports car, introduced in 1951.

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Across the aisle from the Darrins, a very tasty collection of early Corvettes and other roadsters, punctuated by a Lamborghini Jarama, a one-of-two Californian roadster, and a Daimler SP250.  

The long bar is made from the body of a Cadillac, with a vertical Cobra replica body on the left side and a red Singer roadster on the right side to hold some of the booze

Off in the corner are some of the very many minicars that populate the collection.  In this and the other rooms of this giant bar, there are Velocars, Bond Minicars, Kings (not King Midgets), Friskys, Freeways, Vespas, Messerschmitts, Trojans, three-wheeled minicycles, and a whole bunch of very rare and very nice motorcycles.

Behind the big bar, which is made from a stretched Cadillac, there are two more cars mounted vertically, holding liquor bottles, a carbon fiber Cobra replica and a red Singer roadster.  

The cushily upholstered furniture is surrounded by all kinds of aluminum automotive, marine and aviation sculptures, beautiful model boats, Bakelite radios and other ephemera from around the world, and the hallway is slathered with historic and Hollywood glamour photography.  

Everywhere you look, there is something worth your notice.

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Jim McCraw has been writing about cars, motorcycles, design, technology, car people and racing for 50 years, in such publications as Hot Rod Deluxe, Super Chevy, Muscle Mustangs, Road & Track, Car and Driver, Popular Mechanics, Popular Science, Penthouse, Winding Road, The Mercedes-Benz Star, AutoWeek, The New York Times, and a number of European publications. He was executive editor of Motor Trend, editor of Hot Rod and Super Stock. He co-holds the record for the drive from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, to Key West, Florida, 96:22, and has run in major events such as the Mille Miglia Storica in Italy, Goodwood, the California Mille, the Colorado Grand, the New England 1000, Forza Mille, and four One Lap Of America competitions He owns a pristine Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan.

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