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THE DREAM OF A MUSEUM WAS A SEED IN THE MIND OF JAMES T. SANDORO, JR. VERY EARLY IN HIS LIFE. He remembers growing up in the City of Buffalo, on Lisbon Avenue, in what is now the University District. A neighbor kept an old car in a garage and young Jim would sneak inside to get a look at it and slide down the sloped fenders of what turned out to be a Pierce-Arrow Town Car. The car had been put up on blocks, which was common during WWII since rubber for tires was scarce. He was scolded for his antics, but the experience peaked his curiosity as he began to wonder what was so important about this car. He questioned the owner and began to learn that Pierce-Arrows were very special vehicles. This started a lifelong quest to learn and collect anything related to the company and its automobiles. Later, his family moved closer to the factory on Elmwood Avenue and Great Arrow Drive, which furthered his interest in Pierce-Arrow as he would roam around the factory grounds searching for remnants of the great company. His collection grew to include anything related to transportation, especially involving the City of Buffalo. His travels led him to many discoveries and purchases, all of which were brought back to Buffalo and assembled at the Museum. This was done to remind the people of Buffalo, and the world, that Buffalo was an influential city of industry and producer of outstanding vehicles. Our research has led to a list of more than 70 automobiles that were produced in Western New York. Pierce-Arrows and Thomas Flyers are considered by car collecting experts to be among the top 10 best vehicles ever produced.