Tucked away in a business park on the outskirts of Arvada, CO is one of the best private automobile museums in the country. The author Clive Cussler has a collection of about 100 classic and antique cars and at any time has 50 to 60 in the museum. The museum is only open Mondays and Tuesdays during spring and summer, so time your visit carefully! For only $7 you get to see some of the rarest and most beautiful cars ever made. There are rare antiques from the World War I period and gigantic, chrome encrusted monsters from the 1950s. The greatest part of the collection is the group of cars from the Golden Age of motoring - the 1930s. Mr Cussler has gathered together some of the greatest names from that era, cars that only movie stars and royalty could afford to own: Cord, Duesenberg, Bugatti, Mercedes Benz. Many of the rarer European marques are included: Delahaye, Talbot Lago, Hispanio Suiza and Isotta Fraschini. You walk down an aisle surrounded on all sides by multi-million dollar collector cars, often the finest or rarest examples of each, and all restored to Concours winning condition (he has the trophies to prove it).
Or are you a fan of the 1950's chrome luxo-barges? He's got those too, by the ton. Some of the finest examples of American excess are on display: Lincoln, Cadillac, Packard, Imperial. Tail fins, enormous chrome bullet bumpers, continental kits, it's all here. And no '57 Chevys, these are - like his cars from the 30's - cars that were built for the factory's most well-heeled customers. They are gaudy and wastefully inefficient but boy are they fun to look at.
What isn't there? Nothing newer than about 1964, no muscle cars, no freaky hot rods or resto-mods. You can always see that stuff at the Dairy Queen on Retro Wheels night.
If you can get there at the right time to find it open, you will spend and hour or two gazing at these steel marvels. Even a non-car person will enjoy the extravagant designs, quaint period accessories and striking paint finishes in this collection. I salute Mr Cussler, unlike so many other wealthy people he has invested in something that brings joy to other people.
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