The Classic Car Collection is a collection of 200+ automobiles that illustrates the diversity, evolution, and art of the automobile, plus its role in our lives. The 50,000 square foot display area is on the east side of the Cabela’s building.
Our museum started with a donation of 131 automobiles from Bernie and Janice Taulborg in 2011. The Taulborg Collection represented more than four decades of acquiring and restoring vintage vehicles of wide-ranging styles. In May of 2015, Bernie and Janice Taulborg donated 6 more vehicles. The museum has since added several vehicles through generous donations from other owners. These vehicles are our permanent collection.
In addition to our permanent collection, we typically display approximately 60 vehicles that are on loan to the museum from their owners. This group is regularly changing and evolving and ensures a fresh display each time you visit the museum.
Our collections and facility are maintained and cared for primarily by our wonderful team of volunteers, and we are supported partially by donations from giving friends and benefactors. Through our Friends of the Museum program, we get much-needed additional funding. We have created an educational program that utilizes our exhibits as tangible links to historical topics and educational opportunities. Classic Car Collection is a 501(c)(3) non-profit venue and we gratefully accept your volunteer help, tax deductible financial or other donations, vehicle loans, and suggestions to help us thrive and grow.
The goal of our museum is to present an entertaining and artful perspective of the major role that the automobile has played in our history, culture, industrial innovations, and its relationship to us all. You will find, displayed along with our vehicles, authentic vignettes, artwork and items that will bring you back to a moment in your past or give you an opportunity to share a piece of history with those close to you. We embrace and use technology and interactive displays to help illustrate and educate visitors of the wide-sweeping effects that the automobile continues to have on our lives.
We have recreated a 1950s gas station, with its vintage tools and more modern devices that show the progression of technical sophistication and how the technicians have kept us on the road. You will also visit our Drive-In Theater display that incorporates the original vintage ticket booth from our local Kearney Drive-In. Other technological displays include various video screens showing historical footage, recent events, and our terrific ‘Car Hoods Project’ that uses large recreated car hoods as video screens for historical and entertaining footage.
But our core reason for being is the exhibit of our automobiles. The Collection includes several very rare and historic vehicles, including a one-of-a-kind 1938 Rolls Royce Wraith Limo, two Locomobiles and three Pierce Arrows. Also on display are two rare Lincolns from the Full Classic era, a 1930 Convertible by LeBaron which is one of 80 produced, and a 1930 Dual Cowl Phaeton which is one of only 20 produced. These are accompanied by similarly rare automobiles from Packard and Cadillac, Buick and LaSalle.
Come see our collection! We think you’ll be pleased with what you discover.