The Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum , generally known as just the Gateway
Auto Museum, is located on the grounds of the Gateway Canyons Resort just west of Gateway, CO.
The museum features automobiles from the private collection of John and Maureen Hendricks.
The overall theme of the museum, and the title of a book about the Hendricks collection, is
"The Performing Art of the American Automobile", and I have to say there are some very
elegant machines on display. The 50 or so autos housed in the museum are
chosen for their singular contributions to automotive engineering, design, and/or culture.
A tour of the museum begins with a short video narrated by Walter Cronkite, then it's off
to the automotive wonderland. Automobiles are displayed in several galleries and are loosely grouped
into eras in automotive history.
The automobiles on display occasionally get moved around or changed out for others in the Hendricks collection. My first visit to the museum was in May 2019, so hopefully when I go again there will be some new eye candy on display. Most, but not all of the vehicles were identified by signs. I did my best to fill in the blanks but I'm not an auto aficionado, so there's a (real) possibility that I may have misidentified one or two. If anyone spots an error, please let me know so I can correct it.
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Mass Mobility Gallery
This gallery is devoted to the start of the automotive industry and contains the earliest automobiles in the collection. I especially liked the 1906 Cadillac, that looks like the proverbial horseless carriage.
I've arbitrarily labeled this gallery the Timeline Gallery because it contains several automobiles that are described in the afore mentioned book in a chapter titled "Timeline: The American Car Evolves".
"Hollywood High Style" Gallery
This gallery features some of the limousines and other luxury autos favored by the 1930s Hollywood glamour kings and queens.
Fifties Style Hallway
A hallway connects the Tiimeline Gallery to what I'm calling the Main Gallery. Along either side of the hallway were vehicles spanning the years 1952 to 1957.
The Main Gallery (my name for it) houses vehicles from the 1950s and segues into the American Muscle Gallery. An exit into the museum gift shop and lobby is also found here.
The Oldsmobile F-88 was a one-of-a-kind concept car created in 1954. It borrowed a lot from the Corvette, including its 102 inch wheelbase, fiberglass body, and rear axle assembly. It has a 324 cubic inch Super 88 V8 engine with a four-barrel carburetor and a customized instrument console that includes a tachometer. The F-88 was and is considered by many to have ushered in a new era in automotive styling. John and Maureen Hendricks bought the car in 2005 for 3.24 million dollars, and I imagine it's the crown jewel of their collection.
This gallery is devoted to the era of American muscle cars, and there are some real beauties. I've included the 1934 Ford Custom Coupe, In Excess, in this section because it truly is a muscle car, having won the ISCA 2003 International Rod Championship.
This gallery changes names periodically. When I went it held modified mustangs, racing paraphernalia, and the Andrew Hendricks race car.