A privately owned automotive collection may be found along the renowned and historic Route 66 at the Route 66 Car Museum. After purchasing his first Jaguar in 1990, Guy Mace began to collect. The collection now includes 75 vehicles that spark a fancy.
This collection, which includes automobiles from the early brass era as well as those featured in movies like the Gotham Roadster, is likely to have something to suit any museum visitor’s taste.
In addition to the legendary truck from the Henry Fonda-starring movie Grapes of Wrath, the museum is home to seven Jaguars, two Rolls Royces, a 1963 Morgan, and two other famous vehicles.
There are a few pretty distinctive vintage autos on exhibit. A notable example is the 1936 Horch, one of roughly 50 vehicles that were sold to the German government in 1937 for use by general officers in the armed forces. This Horch took second place in the Prewar Preservation Class at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. It is entirely original, having been kept in South Dakota for more than 50 years. The 1933 Auburn 12 and the 1926 Kissel Brougham, two other masterpieces in the collection and National First Prize winners of the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA), stand at the top of the odd automobiles on show from the 1920s and 1930s.
Visit the John T. Woodruff Theatre to learn about the man who founded the Birthplace of Route 66 and to see a 1957 Chevy Bel Air convertible. Experience entertaining interactive neon sign displays with local Route 66 landmarks including Red’s Giant Hamburg, Sanders’ Standard Oil, and Sunset Drive-In Theatre. The fact that the renowned resort is still open contributes to the interactive’s popularity. A beautifully restored Martin & Schwartz Model 80 Series 4B Cyclops petrol station and breathtaking paintings of Route 66 by local artist Jerry L. Rice are just two of the gallery’s many notable items.
The renovated Graham’s Bar-B-Q neon sign, which serves as a reminder of their delectable barbecue sauce, is visible. The tale of John Wilkinson, a local youngster who, in 1956, when he was just 9 years old, encountered Elvis Presley at the Shrine Mosque on Route 66 and eventually served as the singer’s rhythm guitarist, is also available.
Every day, save Christmas and Thanksgiving, we are open from 9 to 5. With over 70 automobiles in our collection, a visit of our museum might take anywhere between one and two hours. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $13 for seniors and veterans (55 and over). Babies are admitted free of charge, and children can enter for $5. This indicates that the location affordably provides a historical experience.
The staff at the Route 66 Vehicle Museum is here to make your visit enjoyable and simple, whether you’re stopping by as a Springfield resident, travelling through on a 50-person bus tour, or on a road trip with pals in a vintage car. Please visit the place; they offer excellent customer service and are proud of it.
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