Denver is not a great car culture destination, but there are several auto museums worth seeing if you’re in the area. Clive Cussler, the best selling author who died in 2020, maintained a car museum that included cars he personally collected in Arvada, but it had unusual hours. I’ve been to the Forney Museum of Transportation in downtown Denver that is more than just cars, but I do not especially recommend it. My grandson who loves cars and just moved to Denver is quite fond of the Rambler Ranch. When I was there last summer, he took me to his favorite called The Vehicle Vault, which was not too far from his new home. It definitely had some rare cars on display. But I’m worried that the hundreds of museums that feature internal combustion engine vehicles all over the world will have a tough time in cultures pushing us to invest in electric cars in the future. My absolute favorite was the museum in Riga, Latvia, that featured The Kremlin Collection and included a rather notorious Rolls Royce.
The Vehicle Vault definitely had some rare cars on display. Some of my favorites included a classic 1914 Mercedes open Front Town Car seen above and a 1919 REO Speedwagon car/house that was bought in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and is seen just below. It was used by a husband and wife who were carnival employees. They actually lived in this vehicle. I’m a sucker for any Cord, and The Vehicle Vault’s 1937 was beautiful if not extremely rare. Its 1954 Mercedes 300 Sl Gullwing, however, was a star. Only 1,400 of this exceptionally unusual wood based Mercedes were made, and it’s probably worth about 2 million dollars now. Also a treat to see was a McLaren SLR Mercedes 722 S. Only 150 of them were produced worldwide, and it had been assembled by hand in Germany. I loved seeing 1950 fins, important imported Ferraris, and that very rare 1959 Isetta alluringly present near the museum’s entrance. It had been restored in Quebec but was made in Brighton, England, in the late 1950s. I lusted after the 1970 GTO Pontiac Judge developed by John DeLorean.
We visited The Vehicle Vault on a no-pressure Sunday morning when we were the only customers. If this sounds like your kind of place and you plan to be in the Denver area soon, this car museum is in Parker, Colorado at 18301 Lincoln Meadows Parkway, and it opens at 10 am. What you will see is an unknown Denver man’s personal car collection containing many vehicles worth half a million or more. You will delight in his chosen Lamborghinis and his tasteful but unusual split-window Vette.