When A. O. Stone, who founded the museum with his wife, Shirley, was a young man, he made his living with push cart in the Bronx selling flowers and vegetables. Inspired by the well-to-do driving by in their fancy cars, the young Stone promised himself that one day he would own a Packard. There were many other kinds of elegant cars of course, but the Packard, with its polished chrome and stately lines, was the symbol of success.
In time, A.O. Stone became very successful in the floral business. He and Shirley were able to indulge their passion for those dream cars of their youth.