DIYers Paradise: Garage Condos for the Ultimate Car Enthusiasts

 

We recently sat down with Bruno Silikowski to talk about his pet project, the AutoMotorPlex in Chanhassen, Minnesota. What is the AutoMotorPlex, you ask? Picture the love child of a Lamborghini and an Airstream RV—but without the wheels. It’s 146 units of dream garage and luxury condo in one. Silikowski filled us in on why this car-loving community has been so successful and talked about some of the incredible vehicles that call it home.

Silikowski has driven everything from Italian sports cars to a Volkswagen Beetle. But the one that captured his heart, the car that makes his eyes light up when he talks about it, is a 1974 Triumph TR6. He says he bought the car to train his kids to drive stick shift. But he loved it so much he kept it.

“It’s visceral,” he says. “It’s raw. There’s nothing refined about it. It’s just fun.”

Unlike his beloved TR6, Silikowski’s AutoMotorPlex is more refined than raw, but it’s still a heck of a lot of fun too.
AutoMotorPlex aerial shot

AutoMotorPlex Ferraris

AutoMotorPlex garage

AutoMotorPlex interior

Want the full story? Stop over at the AutoMotorPlex website for a look at some of their jaw-dropping units and four-wheeled residents.

Thanks to Christa Hogan, who collaborated on this article.

Comments

  1. I live in the Washington D.C. area. Cars are always a problem here, if you have more than two, (and it doesn’t matter how cool they are), people don’t understand. They are always complaining, placing local regulations on your windshield, or just being nice and calling the local police saying your car hasn’t been moved in the last three days. I live in an area of real jerks. Your solution would be an extreme success here. I also happen to be an architect who spent years as a foreign car specialist. Also I’m so tired of everyone asking why would anyone have more than two cars. I have two BMW’s (’87 325i, 2001 740i), two SL’s ( ’71 280 SL and a 2002 SL 500) a 2003 Audi TT, a ’57 Beetle, ’54 Morgan Drophead coupe, ’59 Porsche 356 A, and my driver a ’57 Squire Prefect 100. Four are garaged, the rest are outside. I would love to understand what you have accomplished and even see in plan what you have done, or even partner and absolutely build like you have already done.

  2. Wesley Swearingen says:

    Pretty sweet cars! I used to build racing and show cars but my health caused me to stop! Keep up the good work!

  3. joe kaminski says:

    Way too much for my pocketbook, but a paradise it is. I’m about to start my first restore on a ’65 Dart GT. And, I gotta do it on a SS budget. Wish me luck.

  4. Looks like a cool place to retire, but then I saw it’s in Minnesota.
    BRRRRR!!! Too darn cold for me.

  5. Michael Buening says:

    Hi,my name is Mike Buening I just finished reading your article and think it’s a great idea.I am also on SS trying to freshing up a 1945 Chev P/up and think your idea is smart thinking.what better way to obtain
    Help when you need it, neighbors!

  6. Lou Pessagno says:

    Please build one in Jacksonville Florida.

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