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“Rare Cars”
Review of Cussler Museum

Cussler Museum
Ranked #2 of 31 things to do in Arvada
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Owner description: Car museum owned by the author Clive Cussler
Reviewed September 4, 2013

My husband was impressed by some truly rare cars. One was 1 out of 4 in existence. They let you take all the pictures you want. I have read all of his books and was interested to see the cars he talks about in each of his books. They have the cars well displayed and neat as a pin. They had a senior rate of $6 so you can't beat that. Be aware they are only open Mon. & Tues.

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Reviewed August 26, 2013

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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Reviewed August 18, 2013

I used my GPS-device to find this place. Otherwise, it may prove difficult!

I've been a Clive Cussler fan for many years, ever since I spotted "Raise the Titanic" in a bookstore back in the late 1970's. I had to have it. It's so rare to see my name in print!

Even if you're just a basic car fan, this place must be on your list. I'm an old-car nut, and I loved it! The hours of operation are quite limited, so plan accordingly, but this MUST be on your old-car bucket list!

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Reviewed July 31, 2013

If you're a Clive Cussler fan or not, this is a fun outing, especially if you have out of town guests or entertaining car freaks! So here's the question: are these cars tax deductible if used in the novels???

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

WOW, if you like old cars, or you have read Cussler's books, and seen him talk about his characters and their cars, you will enjoy spending time at the museum. It is interesting, even for a non-car addict like me.

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