Photos from Gary Hess' and my visit to the Nethercutt Collection
THE NETHERCUTT MUSEUM
The Nethercutt Museum showcases more than 130 of the world’s
greatest antique, vintage, classic and special interest automobiles
including many top winners of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
THE ANTIQUE ERA (1890S-1915)
THE VINTAGE ERA (1916-1924)
THE CLASSIC ERA (1925-1948)
THE POST-WAR ERA (1945-1970S)
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Hand painted wicker
We did not know that Westinghouse built automobiles
The funds for the restoration of all these functional art pieces is Merle Norman Cosmetics which also has a museum here.
Across the street is the building of 4 floors of the Nethercutt Collection
The Lower Salon
1983 De Lorean
Our grandkids would enjoy this Crosley
Reminds me of our house with separate forks for Strawberries, Escargo, and Pastries.
Ample back seat amenities.
This vehicle's rear seat could only be entered from the rear of the car.
The reason for so many black cars
was that black paint dried fastest for mass produced cars.
Therefore luxury car manufacturers began to paint cars like above
to have an edge in sales.All cars are in original colors.
Kyle telling us about the most expensive car in the world, a restored
1933 Duesenberg made in Indianapolis, Indiana for the 1933 World's Fair.
Crystal chandaliers in this replica of a luxury car sales room.
1930 Dupont - the first car Nethercutt restored and won Pebble Beach Best of Show.
Radiator caps were also called Mascots
As we ascended the master staircase in the Grand Salon a player piano played music actually recorded by George Gershwin.
Mezzanine Level - Automobile Collectibles and Antiques
On the mezzanine is a large assortment of Radiator Hood Ornaments
"Mascots", including Lalique Crystal Mascots and 18th & 19th
Century French Furniture.
Rolls Royce ornament about 3 ft. tall
Jack Nethercutt and his wife Helen continue to restore museum-quality
cars, entering and winning at virtually every concours in which their
stunning cars appear.
floor displays a world-class collection of automated mechanical
instruments including Reproducing Pianos, Nickelodeons, Cyclinder &
Disc Music Boxes, Orchestrions and the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe
Organ. During the tour some of these instruments are demonstrated
including a mini-concert on the Wurlitzer Pipe Organ. Also on display
is our beautiful Louis XV Style Dining Room.
Kyle, timepiece and musical instrument curator
A recent restoration
LOCOMOTIVE & PRIVATE CAR
1937 Canadian Pacific Royal Hudson Locomotive #2839:
was built by Montreal Locomotive Works and is resplendent in its Royal
maroon, gold leaf, gloss black and brushed stainless steel livery, is a
testament to the grand era of steam locomotive engineering. The Hudson
type is a 4-6-4 wheel arrangement and was a high-speed passenger
locomotive with a top speed of 90 mph.
Have you seen a restored locomotive
more perfectly displayed for photographers? It is raised aout 6
ft. from where I was standing with a vacant lot behind. Their
website has a photo taken from a platform where I stood for this photo
and has mountains as a backdrop. Visitors were not permitted on
the walkway at track level, so people were not taking selphies.
There are two tours daily, 12:30 and 3:45. Allow 15 minutes for a
You cannot get this close nor inside except for being on a tour.
I happen to know what a Stoker is -
we had one in our farm house in Hayden, Indiana which fed stoker coal
(small chunks) from a bin into the firebox of the furnace. We
toated 5-gallon buckets from the coal shed/garage into the house and
down into the cellar where the furnace and coal stoaker were
located. We also removed clinkers of melted coal ash outside onto
the driveway and broke them up with a large wooden mallet as covering
for the driveway.
We were encouraged to ring the bell.
Gary pointed out that it could also be rung automatically (left) and that the clapper was stationary.
The tender carried tons of coal and gallons of water, but still traveled only about 80 miles on this much steam and coal.
1912 Pullman Private Car #100 California:
Custom built by
Pullman in Chicago, Illinois for Clara Baldwin Stocker the eldest
Daughter of local Pioneer "Lucky" Baldwin. This railcar has been
beautifully restored back to 1912.
Seating for 8 passengers at meals.
Owner suite accommodations
Tilt-up sink. This style is still used on Viewliner Amtrak Trains
like the Carolinian which I took from Charlotte to New Orleans earlier
in the summer.
The best of kitchen stoves in 1912.
Sleeping accommodations for the chef and staff were immediately to the right - not far to commute to work.
As we made one last pass through the museum from the train to our car to leave, we passed this Franklin air-cooled classic.
Plan a trip to Sylmar, California and visit the Nethercutt
Colledtion. It is free, but you have to have a reservation for
Thursday, Friday, or Saturday. http://www.nethercuttcollection.org/
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