The Ramshead Collection is housed in a 10,000 square foot space in Sacramento, California. The front 1/3 of of the space is set up like an Automobile Dealership showroom floor would have been in the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. The floor is done and a bright red and gray vinyl tile laid out in an interesting geometric design. In the center is a motorized turntable. Eight vehicles occupy the tiled floor space.
The remaining 2/3rds of the space is highly polished cement. Along the side interior wall is a local artists recreation of Dennis Hooper work from the 40’s. The typical 40’s diner is named Starlite Drive In Coffee Shop. Some 40’s looking characters are seated in the diner while their cars are actually parked in front of the diner. Along the rear wall are two actual billboards from the 50’s. One is a Levi ad and the other is a Bing Crosby advertising Chesterfield cigarettes and Mercury.
In the center of the rear wall is the ingress egress to the space in the form of a tunnel opening complete with keystones that might have been found in the side of a hill. The wall is painted with foliage that might have been growing on the side of that hill. The other two sides are glass windows that are protected by interior metal shutters that are individually motorized for security at night.
In addition there are several large original dealership neon signs pictured. The signs and the neon cast interesting reflections on the cars finish and give the space a warm glow.