Saturday, June 28, 2014

Cussler Museum

I'd never even heard of this museum until I saw a post on Facebook by Janet. Well, if it's got old cars, I've got to check it out. Brion, Debbie and I went early this week.

The Cussler Museum is only open on Mondays and Tuesdays, May - September. It's a collection of cars belonging to Clive Cussler, author, marine archaeologist and collector of fine, rare automobiles. I've never read any of his books, but now I think I might need to check it out.

There are about 120 cars in his collection, all finely restored. Only half are displayed in the museum at any one time and they change it up every so often.

It's not a huge museum, but it's very well done with various items of paraphernalia, photographs, etc. dispersed around the rooms. These cars aren't anything you're likely to see on the street anywhere. Most are very rare. For example, here's a 1929 Packard Model 640 Roadster. The sign in front of it says, in part, "Packard's total production of the 640s was 9,800 and only 20 are still in existence. The car cost $3,200 new. A new Ford that same year cost $450."

Here's a 1908 Cadillac Model S Tulip Roadster. "Cadillac built only 2,377 cars in 1908, and far fewer were Model S Roadsters with the 'Tulip' body. This is one of the finest examples of a single-cylinder Cadillac in existence today."

Here's a 1931 Detroit Electric Model 97. Detroit Electric produced cars between 1907 and 1939 and was revived again in 2008.

You know I've got to include an RV, if available. Here's a 1937 Pierce-Arrow Travelodge Trailer. "This 16.5 foot Model B cost $845 at the factory. Only 12 of these models are still in existance."

I'd give my eye teeth to have any one of the cars here as my toad, but I think this 1914 Chevrolet Series H Royal Mail Roadster was my favorite of the day.


  1. Great tour! Love most of his books, will have to visit:)

  2. That's quite a collection for an individual. I bet it rivals Jay Leno's.

    1. Funny you should mention Jay Leno's cars. A guy who works at the Cussler Museum said that people also ask about how the museum compares to Jay Leno's collection. According to Wikipedia (similar to what the guy at Cussler said):
      "Leno owns approximately 886 vehicles (769 automobiles and 117 motorcycles)."

  3. I like that Pierce Arrow trailer