Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Don't forget the St. Louis Car Museum
When we went to the Gateway City last week for our car story recon mission, I didn’t really have this place on my radar. I’ve seen their ads on occasion, and they had cars at the Mecum auction in Kansas City last month, but it just didn’t register when I headed out.
Hyman collection, and one of the guys that worked there suggested that we check out the St. Louis Car Museum. I’m glad he did, because I got to see a great bunch of cars housed in a pretty cool facility.
This place is first-and-foremost a classic car dealership, so most everything is for sale. A majority of the cars are owned by the museum, but some are either on consignment or just being stored.
They don’t automatically let you wander around in there, either. The receptionist is serious about her gatekeeping duties, and casual browsing is not readily encouraged.
There were several cars that caught my eye. Their shiny, black ’41 Cadillac Sedanette wasn’t perfect, but I think it would make someone a dandy driver. A bright pink ’60 Plymouth Suburban wagon was an attention-getter at the Mecum auction in KC last month, and it was no less so in this setting. And one could only imagine that the ’51 Pontiac ambulance would be a hit at the local cruise nights this summer.
My wife and BHo seemed to be especially impressed with the murals painted along the ceiling, with little Route 66 scenes as if you’re traveling across the country. BHo also liked the “Monkey Band” cart, which was a trailer with a little animatronic monkey orchestra that someone like the Shriners might pull in a parade.
And if you’re not ready to take a road trip today, maybe the slideshow below will tide you over for awhile.