The Antique Car Museum was only a short walk from the location of the Iowa Open. After the first game of the day Sunday we had a few hours for our lunch break, so we strolled over to the museum for a tour.A couple cars, including the Ford Model A above, were on display in the front room, which also contained a gift shop.
Upon entering the main room of the museum, one of the first things I noticed was this piano. Its works looked very unusual, so I asked the curator about it, and he said it was a player piano. He played a tune for us, and then I got a chance to play!
The car below left is an RCH Twenty-Five, which sold for $900. Robert Hupp, who started Hupp Motor Co. with his brother, wanted to create a car that could compete with Ford's Model T. However, the Hupmobile board of directors wanted to go the way of luxury cars, so he left the company and started RCH in 1911. Unfortunately the company was short-lived; production of the RCH continued only until 1915. Above right is a 1922 Overland. It originally sold for $595.
This gas station re-creation reminded me slightly of the one Gomer Pyle worked at in the Andy Griffith Show (though it is even more old-fashioned). Add a couple more rocking chairs out front and a steaming pot of coffee, and it could easily take the place of Floyd's barber shop as the local gathering place.
Doesn't this 1973 Cadillac look like the classic ride for gangsters to try to escape in?
Stay tuned: Part 2 will be posted soon!