A Trip to the Auto World Museum

Sometimes there are really good things in your back yard to which you simply pay no heed.  It may be a restaurant or attraction that just fades into the landscape.  Don’t let it happen!

I have been driving past the Auto World Museum, in Fulton, Missouri, for years, and I finally went there today. I’m glad I did.  Many of the automobiles there you simply will not find anywhere else.  Enjoy the ride!

A quick search of Wikipedia reveals that only four Lambert automobiles are known to exist today.  The car at the top of the page is a 1909 Lambert, which appears to be in very original condition.  The Lambert for 1909 had a two-cylinder engine with 20 horsepower.  It cost $875.  The lighting and the patina make the car look more wooden than it actually is.

Quick:  What was one of the first hardtops?  Did you say Chalmers?  You should have.

This 1920 Chalmers was a true two-door hardtop; according to the car’s placard, this was a one-year-only body style for Chalmers.  Fitted with a 224 cu in (3.7-liter) inline six, the Chalmers was available on either a 117″ or 224″ wheelbase with rear gear ratios of 4.75:1 and 5.18:1.  Chalmers closed its doors in 1924.

The year 1932 was well-represented at the museum by Ford, Pontiac, Hudson, Packard and DeSoto.  Here is the 1932 DeSoto roadster that was on display.  This Custom Roadster Deluxe was one of my favorites of the day.

Six-cylinder DeSotos for 1932 had a 211 cu in (3.4-liter) inline six with 75 horsepower.

A pair of Rolls-Royces, anyone?  Here are a 1928 limousine, and a 1931 drop-head coupe.  There was a V16 Marmon in the same row.

The gentleman who started the museum owned a potato chip factory.  All throughout the museum were a wide assortment of background pictures depicting construction of Route 66, businesses in Fulton throughout the early to mid-20th Century and different attractions in the state.  One of them was of a 1938 Dodge delivery truck in the livery of the chip company.  Here’s the real thing:

There’s a lot of rare iron here, the bulk of it being pre-1940.  The beauty of this museum is that you can walk around the vehicles and look inside them.  Roping off a car simply isn’t done here.