Currently in Kearney NE (Low 55 Mostly Sunny and Warmer High 89)
Over 4 decades Bernie and Janice Taulborg of Elkhorn Nebraska collected classic cars. As they got older they decided that they did not want their extensive collection to be sold one by one. They donated most of their collection to Kearney Nebraska who set up this museum in the Cabelas building.
There is a 'before' vehicle outside of the entrance and a whole lot of excellent 'after' vehicles inside.
The initial donation was 131 vehicles and they added 6 later. The Classic Car Collection then rotates in other vehicles on a 6 month basis so that there is always about 200 cars there and always something new to see. Inside they also have a 'before' and 'after' display of the same model, a 1956 Ford Fairlane.
The most expensive car there is the 'million dollar car', a one of a kind Rolls Royce limo originally built for the 17th Earl of Derby.
Here is 1 of only 12 vehicles remaining of this model Gray automobile.
A car connected to the Deere family, John Deere invented the plow and started the John Deere company. This car, a Velie, was made by the grandson of John Deere. Notice the sign in the window.
Here is an original Cobra with the glove box signed by Carroll Shelby and others.
Neither one of us had seen a Corvette Roadster either.
Of course they had a DeLorean.
Here is a cousin of the Jeep, made by the same company. Once you know that it is a jeep you can see the similarities.
A Ford Fairlane with a retractable hard bodied convertible.
Other cars of note - Boss Hogg from Dukes of Hazard
A pink Cadillac like the one that Elvis Presley owned
There were Studebakers
We liked the paint job on this one.
The highlight though had to be when we saw this Mercury Cyclone. Neither one of us had heard of it because it was used mostly for Nascar. The owner was there and was moving it out so he let both of us sit in the drivers seat, which was great because you weren't supposed to touch any of the vehicles, much less sit in them.
This is one of the better car museums that we have been to. If your are ever in central Nebraska this should be on your list.
We may go visit the Archway later this morning depending on the weather and how we feel.
Till next time,
Bob and Jo