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Rare car collection awaits groups in Kearney, Nebraska

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With a collection of 210 diverse automobiles, the Classic Car Collection in Kearney, Nebraska, illustrates the evolution and art of the automobile and its role in everyday life.

The collection has a display of vehicles dating from 1877 to the 1980s. Early classics from Cadillac, Packard, Pierce Arrow, Buick, Ford, Moon, Gardner, Jonz and Lincoln are only a few of the vehicles the collection possesses.

1950s gas station re-creation display, Classic Car Collection, Kearney, Neb.

Photo: Classic Car Collection 1950s gas station re-creation display, Classic Car Collection, Kearney, Neb.

“We have customers frequently commenting on the wide variety of vehicles and the ones they have never heard of before,” said Greg McCullough, director of the collection.

The collection’s muscle cars include several rare Mopar cars, a very rare supercharged Shelby Mustang GT 350 and early GTO. Sports cars also are on display from DeLorean, Lancia, Bricklin, MG and Triumph. The 1930 MG Boattail Roadster, with its wood framed, fabric-covered body, is a historic look at the origin of the sports car.

A popular display at the museum is the re-creation of a 1950s gas station complete with gas pumps, mechanics tools and cars from that era. There is also a re-creation of a 1970s drive-in theater complete with the original ticket booth from the Kearney Drive-In Theatre that was destroyed by a tornado in 2008. Additionally, every three to four months the front lobby of the museum changes into a different theme.

“Several repeat customers have commented that there is always something different to see at the Classic Car Collection,” McCullough said.

McCullough’s favorite part about working with the collection is the people he gets to meet when groups visit.

“In our first five years, we have welcomed people from 70 countries and all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia,” McCullough said.

Ample motorcoach parking is available. Discounted group rates begin at 12 or more guests.

For more information, call 308-234-1964 or visit ccckearney.com.

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