The Cussler Collection – Arvada, CO (USA)

Earlier in the year, I read about the latest museum that I have just visited, the Cussler Collection, on a web forum. It was not one that I had heard about it, but the pictures of cars that were in the museum looked stunning, so I added it to the (still long!) list of places I just had to visit. A bit of research turned up the fact that it was in Denver, but that its opening hours are limited to Mondays and Tuesdays. A bit of careful planning ensured that I was in the area – it is in Arvada, on the western fringes of Denver, about 10 minutes north of the I-70 freeway, tucked away down a side street that looks very unpromising – to go and inspect. I am glad I did.

The museum contains about 75 of the more than 100 cars owned by the famous (? – I’d never heard of him) adventure story writer, Clive Cussler. Many of the cars featured in the museum have star in his books, driven by the hero of his stories. What a lucky guy he is, as the cars are absolutely stunning. Although Cussler has been collecting for many years, it seems that it is only recently that the museum has been open for anything other than private showings, and it is now members of his family that do a lot of the work associated with being open to the public.
The collection has two major themes: prestige cars from the 1930s and American cars, mostly convertibles, from the 1950s. All were stunning to look at, and ins absolutely first class condition. Most of the cars run, and do get taken out from time to time. Here is a photographic summary of what was on display at the time of my visit:

1930 American Austin Bantom
1963 Studebaker Avanti

1957 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham
1955 Packard Caribbean Convertible
1960 Chrysler Crown Convertible
1959 Buick Electra 225
1957 Chrysler 300C
1936 Pierce Arrow V12 Berline, with matching caravan
1906 Stanley Steamer
1918 Cadillac V8
1911 Locomobile M-48 and 1925 Locomobile Sportif
1951 Daimler DE-30 Green Goddess
1947 Tatra Type 87
1951 Talbot Lago T-26 Grand Sport, with Ghia body, ex King Farouk of Egypt
1948 Talbot Lago T-26 Grand Sport
1925 Minerva AB Town Car
1936 Voisin C-28 Ambassade
1939 Bugatti Type 57 – ex Maurice Chevalier
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III – over 80% of these cars still exist
1928 Mercedes 630K Saoutchik
1939 Mercedes 540K – weighs over 5000 lbs
1931 Chrysler Imperial CG
1938 Packard V12 Town Car
1933 Pierce Arrow V12
1936 Duesenberg J 577 Laundalet
1931 Marmon V16 Town Car
1933 Lincoln KB V12
1939 Packard Twelve All Weather
1932 Stutz DV32 Town Car
1928 Cadillac Town Car Transformable Brougham Limousine
1928 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8AS
1932 Auburn Boattail 12 cylinder
1929 Bentley 4.5 litre Blower and 1930 Bentley Speed Six
1925 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 Torpedo Phaeton
1929 Duesenberg Model J Boattail Torpedo
1936 Auburn Speedster
1930 Packard Speedster 8
1926 Hispano-Suiza H6B
1929 Packard Model 640
1930 Cadillac V16
1937 Cord 812
1937 Cord 812 Supercharged

1948 Packard Custom Coupe
1936 Ford Cabrio
1952 Allard J2X
1956 Mercury Monterey Woodie
1946 Ford Club Coupe
1951 Kaiser Golden Dragon
1956 De Soto Adventurer
1957 Dodge Royal Lancer
1959 Edsel Corsair
1954 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible
1958 Chrysler 300D Convertible
1960 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz
1959 Pontiac Bonneville
1957 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser
1959 Lincoln Continental Mark IV
1958 Oldsmobile 98
1958 Buick Series 700 Limited
Definitely worth visiting. More details can be found at:
2009-07-03 13:51:15

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