Tucked away next to Cabela’s Sporting Good Store in Kearney, Nebraska is a hidden gem called the Classic Car
Collection Museum. The Classic Car Collection Museum began in 2011 with a generous donation of 131 Automobiles
from Bernie and Janice Taulborg, then 6 more were donated in 2015. Since then it’s grown to well over 200 vehicles on display, some in very unique and ingenious settings.
The museum is comprised of many wonderful volunteers, and generous donations to keep this amazing museum going and available for the many educational programs that they hold throughout the year. Going through the museum, many memories of days gone by, and maybe even your youth as you go back in time with these wonderfully displayed and cared for vehicles.
This is such an amazingly well thought out display, whoever designed this display has definitely spent some time looking at “Old Tin’ left for dead in someone’s field. This shows that cars should be brought back to life, instead of withering away.
This 1969 Dodge Super Bee, in Triple Black, was packing a 440 Six Pack under the hood. This Beauty brought back so many memories of my high school days. With those skinny front and fat rear Cragar S/S Wheels, and those N50 sized Mickey’s on the back, this is just a textbook example of a 70’s era muscle car. Many of the cars at the Classic Car Collection Museum are brought out and driven to area shows regularly.
Some of the Classic Car Collection’s displays are a vintage service station, and an array of cars lined up as if they were at the local drive-in. The big screen had old movies playing all the time for everyone’s enjoyment.
This unbelievable treasure was part of the famous Lambrecht Chevrolet Auction in Pierce, Nebraska. It’s almost unheard of to hear of a 1959 Chevrolet Belair to have a mere 28,000 miles, or even 2,800 miles on the odometer, but this time machine has only 2.8 miles on it, yes that’s right 2.8 miles. Many of the vehicles from that auction had ridiculously low miles on them, and this baby was an amazing look back in time to what cars looked like in 1959.
What a beautiful car, this classic 1954 Kaiser Darrin 161 is. Designed by Howard “Dutch” Darrin, the European Styling was a hit with the Hollywood Jet Set. There were only 435 production Darrins built along with 6 prototypes in 1954. It’s a shame this car couldn’t have survived, it would be interesting to see how it would have evolved into the present day.
It’s really hard to talk about elegant cars, without the subject of Brass era cars coming up. These early 20’s beauties are a sight to behold for sure. While lacking our “modern day” luxuries, they were the top of the line back in the day. Don’t miss a chance to visit this wonderful collection.