Forney Transport Museum – Denver, CO (USA)

The Forney Transport Museum has been in Denver for many years. Its origins can be traced back to the first car collected by its eponymous founder, who, when forced to find a more leisurely pursuit than sporting endeavour, took to buying and restoring an antique car. Soon, colleagues from all over America started providing him with information about more cars he could acquire, and the collection was born. The museum, located in the suburbs of the east side of Denver includes not just a large collection of cars, but several railway items, including one of the massive “Big Boy” steam locomotives, one of just 8 left in the world. This thing is so big, that it defied any efforts to take a picture, sadly.

1923 Kissel Speedster Model 45: this car was owned by Amelia Earhart, who had it for many years, and drove it in much the same way as she used to fly planes, ie with enthusiasm!

1921 Kissel 6-45 Tourer: this car was the first one acquired by Mr Forney, and hence started the whole collection

1903 Searchmont Touring Type VII: it is thought that only one other such car now exists

1904 Knox: this New England company built cars until 1927. This one was air-cooled

1907 Nyberg Model 35 Touring Limousine: although built in the USA, the founder of this firm was a Swede, who had moved to America. These cars were well built, and expensive, and only a small number were ever made. This is believed to be the only one left

1908 Overland Runabout Model 24

1912 Renault Opera Coupe

1955 Ford Thunderbird

1904 Oldsmobile “Curved Dash”

1907 Orient Buckboard Runabout

Model T Fords from 1927 and 1909

1937 Cord 812

1912 Vauxhall Rondoulet Overland

1911 Hudson Model 33

1922 Marmon Model 34 Touring

1922 Hupmobile Roadster Series R

1910 Brush Model D Runabout

1906 Cadillac Victoria Touring M

1929 Chevrolet Landau Sedan: nearly 1 million of these cars were made in a single year

1979 Solargen Electric

1912 Metz Roadster Model 22

1905 Franklin A

1916 Detroit Electric: a surprising number of the vehicles appear to have survived, and they are to be found in several car museums. The Anderson Carriage Company started making these electric cars in 1907, and production quickly ramped up to meet demand largely from wealthy ladies who liked the ease of driving offered by the car. Although they were quoted as having a range of 80 miles, in an endurance test, one of these cars travelled 211 miles. The company continued on into the 1920s, but the advent of electric starters and improvements to the ease of driving petrol engined cars meant that the appeal diminished as rapidly as it had increased

1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom I: this car was made for Prince Aly Khan of Nepal, and features plenty of gold leaf in the trim

1934 Pierce Arrow 12 Cylinder 1248A:

1925 Hispano-Suiza H6A Victoria: this amazing car, built in Barcelona, with a body designed by Frenchman Henry Blinder, was specially constructed for King George II of Greece. but he was deposed from the throne before he could take delivery. It was then bought by a Hollywood film director for $35,000 and it starred in a few movies, including the 1933 film “My Lips Betray” and a few wartime films.

1950 Crosley HotShot

1950 Jaguar Mark V

1940 Lincoln Zephyr

1909 REO Runabout 1 cylinder

1951 Mercury Economy 4 door

1966 Cadillac Fleetwood Sixty Special: this car is a one-off transformation into an estate body

1959 Edsel

1908 Unic Taxi

1928 Whippet

1967 Amphicar

From the bubble car era, a Messerschmit and a BMW Isetta

Meanwhile, these were the sort of cars that were selling well in America

There is a whole hall with various agricultural and commercial vehicles in it, and this display included these items:

An interesting collection, and well worth a visit for anyone in the area. The museum is just off the I-70, and is open from Monday to Saturday. More details can be found at:

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