Gateway Auto Museum In Gateway, Colorado

Automotive eye candy does a person good ...
February 2013 - In all my years of living in Colorado, the remote town of Gateway, Colorado is known for two things: 1) To get there, one must travel on scenic State Highway 141 through mountains and stunning red rock canyons to get there, and 2) It is the home of the world-renowed Gateway Auto Museum that's owned by John Hendricks, founder of the Discovery Channel.

Friends, if you love old classic cars, then a visit to Gateway is worth it! The museum's website is www.gatewayautomuseum.com.

Gateway Colorado Auto Museum
The museum has cars arranged by their time period. The photo above shows the earliest antique cars made in the early 20th Century.

Below are eleven photo galleries of cars and trucks I particularly liked.
1906 Cadillac Model H
Cadillac was the first to offer an enclosed car and a steering wheel in the 1906 Cadillac Model H. This is an extremely rare car.

1906 Cadillac

1910 Hupmobile
A 1910 Hupmobile that was built for the "common man" of the time.

1910 Hupmobile

1914 Ford Model T
What would a classic car museum be without a Ford Model T? Here's one in nearly perfect condition.

1914 Ford Model T

1929 LaSalle
An amazing late 1920s LaSalle that was part of the Cadillac division.

1929 LaSalle

1930 Duesenberg Model J
The world class car of its time. It's a shame that Duesenberg went out of business.

1930 Duesenberg

1941 Packard 120 Woody Wagon
It's an old classic station wagon, with wood paneling too! :)

1941 Packard 120 Woody Wagon

1947 Chrysler Town and Country
An attractive late 1940s Chrysler. More wood paneling and this one is a convertible.

1947 Chrysler Town and Country

1950 Packard Super Eight Victoria Convertible
Long and sleek, this 1950 Packard Convertible was such a beauty!

1950 Packard Super 8 Victoria

1953 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible
A bright orange 1953 Cadillac convertible. Wow!

1953 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible

1954 Buick Skylark Convertible
So many convertibles, so little time. This one was a light blue Skylark.

1954 Buick Skylark

1954 Ford F100 Truck
A classic 1950s Ford truck that begged for some attention.

1954 Buick Skylark

Gateway, Colorado

The scenery surrounding Gateway is similar to the orange rocks and cliffs in Moab, Utah, and in fact, Gateway is only four miles from the Utah state line. You can see more photos of mountains and scenery around Gateway here: Gateway, CO Photos.

Gateway, Colorado

I made many videos that are included in the photo galleries. Below are two more ...
1947 Cadillac Convertible

Love the brown color and the large clock on the dashboard.
1957 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser Convertible
The late 1950s Mercury models, particularly the Park Lane, are so wonderful.

Extra Single Photos

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air

This is a 1950s classic car that's overrated in my opinion. This light blue model looked great, though.

I also have a photo gallery of a 1957 Bel Air from the annual Salida, Colorado car show: 1957 Chevy Bel Air.

1958 Chevrolet Corvette

1958 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible

The steering wheel was nothing like the original, which took away from its appeal. Still, it was an eye-catcher.

1971 Pontiac GTO Judge Coupe

1971 Pontiac GTO Judge Coupe

This was located in the muscle car section of the museum. Great looking car, and it has the same body as the 1971 Pontiac Lemans T37 but its hideous, non-original, faux hot rod steering wheel was a turn off.

1950s Cadillac Mobile Home

As I was leaving Gateway, beside the highway was this beat-up 1950s Cadillac with a small trailer attached to it. It's for sale! The phone number is (970) 819-6151.

The Crown Jewel of the Gateway Auto Museum
This is a 1954 Oldsmobile F-88 concept car designed by Harley Early. Only three were made, and with the other two believed to be destroyed, this is the only remaining model. This car was placed in it's own special room, as it sat on a large turnstyle that slowly rotated the car. Honestly, I don't know why so many people consider this concept car a big deal, and in fact, it sold for an astounding $3.24 million dollars at a Barrett Jackson auction in 2005. (Here's another video with photos of the F-88.)

The one story that I've read is that the makers of GM didn't want turn this concept sports car into a reality, as they had just released the Chevrolet Corvette to the public, and they thought this Oldsmobile sports car would compete too much with it.

Oldsmobile F88 Concept Car
Don't get me wrong, it's an attractive car. I love the color and its fins!

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