Packard car classic exhibit at the Lyons Air Museum

John Akridge, front, and Max Solomon check out a 1939 Packard Model 1108 Runabout by LeBaron on the first day of a month-long Packard classic car exhibit at the Lyon Air Museum. One of only four produced, the 160-horsepower Packard was once owned by George A. Hormel, founder of Hormel Foods. (STEVEN GEORGES, Daily Pilot / July 7, 2012)

Orange County residents have the chance to see one of America's classic car designs on display through Aug. 5 at the Lyon Air Museum.

The museum — at 19300 Ike Jones Road in Santa Ana, on the west side of John Wayne Airport bordering of Costa Mesa — is hosting seven Packard automobiles, which celebrities such as Clark Gable, Errol Flynn, Jean Harlow, Tony Curtis and Gary Cooper drove in their heyday.

The Packard Motor Car Company built cars from 1899 to 1958 and joined the war effort in the 1940s, manufacturing engines for military PT boats and P-51 Mustang fighter planes.

The museum, which also displays World War II planes, bombers and military vehicles, is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. General admission is $12, $9 for seniors and veterans and $6 for kids 9 to 17. Children 5 and under get in free.

For more information, call (714) 210-4585.

— Joseph Serna

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