Melcer Tile founder Mel Rauton has an interesting hobby anyone can notice while driving by Melcer Tile’s showroom in Charleston, SC. Tucked just behind and to the side of the showroom, is a replica of an early 20th century gas station full of antique cars, trucks, and memorabilia.
Mel’s Filling Station & Automobilia Museum is located at 4955 Dorchester Rd., North Charleston, SC 29405. Built in 1993 by Mel Rauton, the facility houses Mel’s antique car collection. Mel is a true car enthusiast, but he especially enjoys collecting and showing antique cars.
Mel grew up in Lyons, GA, and has fond memories of the back-in–the-day car refueling and repair stations he visited as a youngster. That’s back when there was no such thing as self-serve gas, and you could enjoy an ice cold soda in a thick glass bottle for just a nickel. Mel created his station as a tribute to that era.
Mel’s station was featured on FX TV Network’s Collectible Show and has been visited by hundreds of car lovers and auto club members from all over the country. At Mel’s, you can also checkout an amazing collection of license plates including SC plates from 1917 to present, plates from every US state, plates from every province & territory of Canada, and more.
You can view antique and classic motor oil cans, nostalgic advertisements, photos depicting the golden age of the automobile, and at least 2-4 antique cars. Stop by Mel’s Filling Station & Automobilia Museum soon to reminisce, and head back to the best days of cars and driving.