The Cussler Museum: The Back Room

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The Cussler Museum: The Back Room

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This olelongrooffan missed Modern Art Monday and, as our beloved tanshanomi is on a self imposed Hooniverse exile it looks like Two Wheel Tuesday is also (hell yeah, he’s still around!) so I thought I would post some images of the “Back Room” captured during my visit to the Cussler Auto Museum while out in Ms. Martin’s hometown this past summer. I blogged about the 50’s excess in the “Front Room” and even was able to squeeze in a Modern Art Monday post here but if my fellow Hoons want to see the “Back Room” you’ll have to make the jump.

This, my fellow Hoons, is what a Cadillac looked like back in the day. Brass head lamps, bright red suspension and wheels plus white tires. What more could you ask for?

This 1931 Detroit Electric wasn’t the first electric car, nor the last, but it was the favored marquee of Thomas Edison in addition to Henry Ford’s wife Clara.

The Detroit Electric was produced during the years 1907-1939. Prior to that, steam was the mostly preferred means of “alternate” fuels as is demonstrated by this 1906 Stanley Steamer. I just love the bright red paint coupled with yellow painted suspension and wooden wheels.

This Locomobile M-48 is capable of carrying seven passengers in comfort. And we thought malaise era horsepower was lacking? This beauty has a 525 cubic inch six cylinder under the hood capable of producing a whopping 50 horsepower! In 1911, this car cost $4,800 while a top of the line Cadillac was a mere $1,800. I’m not really sure what that is worth in today’s dollar but I am sure the comments section will reveal this obscure fact in about..counting….now.

In addition to a several hundred tons of cool old iron, Clive also has a Blower Bentley on display. This one was one of only fifty super charged Bentley’s and according to the placard in front of it, it appears to have a vintage racing pedigree at the Lyons International Vintage Race in France, having won that race twice. However, this olelongrooffan was unsuccessful with neither google nor bing in procurring any results about the Lyons race. Incidentally, the author of one of the blogs I follow, also a resident of the Mile High City, has written a novel or two about these Blower Bentleys. (disclaimer: I do not personally know the author, I merely enjoy his blog exploits)

Having said that, is this not the best grouping of rear ends my fellow Hoons have seen in awhile? I love boattail roadsters with a passion.

Hell, Clive even has a Tatra in his collection. I remember attending the Amelia Island Concours several years ago with my nephew, the Kid, and this olelongrooffan spotted and identified one of these from across the 17th fairway.

A little later I was admiring the pink beast in the following image, one of the curators came out of the restoration area and I inquired of him to pop the rear hood on that Tatra so I could grab an image of that air cooled motor for my fellow Hoons.

This 1936 Avions Voison C-28 Ambassade was built by the company that pioneered the use of aluminum (that would be aluminium to you Rust My Enemy) on the exterior skin of automobiles. This is a pretty unique automotive design that only the French could achieve. And that color! Several more images of it on my flickr page via the link provided below.

I had to include an image of this 1930 Packard Speedster with its super cool upper  headlamps and matching fender mounted turn indicators.

And what respectable blogpost about high end, fanatically fantastically restored classics would be worth its salt without an image of a 1913 Stutz Bearcat?

Last week when a Hooniverse Asks question concerned car seats, this olelongrooffan tried everything I could imagine to enlarge this image to get the rear sofa seat of that Cadillac submitted. The upholstery on that seat, as well as the overall cushiness appearance of it, reminded me of my grandmother’s sofa back in the 60’s, on which we youngsters were not allowed.

Although it is hard to make out at this scale, this is an image of a Duesenberg front end. That canvas strap holds the leaf spring from over correcting and becoming sprung. That red plaque on it instructs mechanics to “NEVER use grease or oil” to lubricate it. Honest to God. What engineering back in the day.

It was a part of the suspension system of this 1929 Duesenberg Model J. According to the placard in front of it, this is a moderately famous, well if you are of an age, movie car that appeared with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Bing Crosby in Robin and the Seven Hoods as well as with Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon in Some Like It Hot.

Situated adjacent to that Model J was another “Duesey” and if I remember correctly, this was equipped with a supercharged flat head 8.

Well my fellow Hoons, by this time this olelongrooffan had spent about three hours checking out Clive’s magnificent collection and I just wanted to stretch out my weary bones on this sofa as shown in the above image.

Unfortunately, as it was located in the front end of this rare 1937 Pierce-Arrow Travelodge

I figured that probably wasn’t in my best interest.
But know I wanted to.
If you have an hour or so to kill, check out the 130 or so flickr images by clicking here.
And yeah, a post about the hood ornaments I saw that day is coming soon.

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  1. scroggzilla October 4, 2011 at 3:07 pm - Reply

    That, sir, is some high quality, pre-war car pr0n. Well done!

  2. $kaycog October 4, 2011 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    Beautiful photos of some beautiful cars! I love the Pierce-Arrow Travelodge.

  3. dead_elvis October 4, 2011 at 3:32 pm - Reply

    Fantastic stuff! Hope you don't mind that I added you on flickr.

    • longrooffan October 4, 2011 at 3:53 pm - Reply

      Not at all…I post my extra images over there periodically…everyone should feel free to look around.

  4. Alff October 4, 2011 at 3:35 pm - Reply

    Dirk Pitt's chiseled brow furrowed as he gazed upon the Emir's garish Avions-Voison. "Looks like it would be at home in front of a brothel," he mused, "or perhaps in the collection of a damned fiction writer."

    • The Professor October 4, 2011 at 4:43 pm - Reply

      Maybe it belonged to Buster Hymen instead?

      • Alff October 4, 2011 at 5:25 pm - Reply

        Could be. It's a restoration and, as we all know, they're only cherry once.

    • dr zero October 5, 2011 at 6:47 pm - Reply

      Now I remember that this was probably the car in Sahara. That Dirk and Al stole from General Kazim after escaping from an evil French industrialist and used to drive across the desert to find an illegal waste dump. Now that doesn't sound at all improbable compared to escaping from an secret diamond mine using a land-yacht made from the wing of a 70 year old plane…
      /convoluted Clive Cussler plot.
      It is the car in Sahara though.

  5. Maxichamp October 4, 2011 at 4:06 pm - Reply

    I'm not a fan of pre-war cars, but those supercharged Bentleys were something else.

  6. The Professor October 4, 2011 at 4:43 pm - Reply

    A wonderful post, and some lovely photo work. Well done! They've done some marvelous restoration work on those cars.

  7. dukeisduke October 4, 2011 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    LRF, the Duesenberg Model J has dual overhead cams. The headlights on the Packard Speedster have a name; I'll have to look them up. You usually see them on Ruxtons.
    Also looking up a conversion for 1911 dollars.

    • Devin October 4, 2011 at 5:02 pm - Reply

      Woodlight headlights.

      • tonyola October 4, 2011 at 5:40 pm - Reply

        Actually spelled "Woodlite".

        • dukeisduke October 4, 2011 at 5:58 pm - Reply

          Looks like they're spelled both ways on various sites.

          • tonyola October 4, 2011 at 6:52 pm

            Hemmings uses "Woodlite". I think they would know.

          • dukeisduke October 4, 2011 at 8:38 pm

            Thanks for posting that link. I was looking for a good article on those, with a cutaway view showing the inner workings. I've always been fascinated with those lights.

    • dukeisduke October 4, 2011 at 5:07 pm - Reply

      Okay, here we go:
      $4,800 in 1911 dollars converted to 2011 dollars: $115,662.86
      $4,800 x 674.7 / 28

      • longrooffan October 4, 2011 at 5:25 pm - Reply

        Thanks dukeisduke…by the same formula a Cadillac would be $43,373,57.

  8. dukeisduke October 4, 2011 at 5:12 pm - Reply

    The headlights on the Packard are Woodlight headlights. They look cool, but don't work so hot.

  9. dukeisduke October 4, 2011 at 5:22 pm - Reply

    Even more arcane headlight stuff?
    Dissecting an E&J (Edmunds & Jones) headlight:

  10. yellofury October 4, 2011 at 9:36 pm - Reply

    Ironically I just started reading "The Jungle" by Clive Cussler

  11. Froggmann_ October 5, 2011 at 8:57 am - Reply

    "Oh shit! I have a pending trip up to Ft. Collins. Maybe I can arrange to swing by the museum?"
    *Looks up the museum to see where it's located*
    *Shoulders slump*
    "The Museum is closed. The 2011 season is over."
    *Co Workers stare for a moment then go back to their morning browsing*
    *Froggmann starts scheming to make a roadtrip out to Colorado in the spring*

  12. Rust-MyEnemy October 5, 2011 at 10:47 am - Reply

    Ah! Aluminimum!
    I would have been completely baffled had I not read the translation.
    An excellent gallery, Mr Longroof sir. I'll take the Tatra, please.

  13. aciddiver October 5, 2011 at 6:56 pm - Reply

    As a longtime Cussler fan, thank you for posting this.

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