Located right off of Highway 76, on the bottom floor of Dick Clark’s American Bandstand where the Legends in Concert perform is The Velvet Collection Celebrity Car Museum. Opened in the summer of 2012, the attraction is Branson’s largest car museum, featuring celebrity-owned cars, cars featured in TV shows and movies, vintage cars, muscle cars, convertibles and hot rods. Car aficionados, movie buffs and partisans of history will all enjoy seeing and learning about this eclectic collection of vehicles, each one with its own unique story to tell.
Perhaps the rarest vehicle featured in the museum is a 1939 Packard Safari wagon with custom wood finish used by Winston Churchill in Africa during big game hunts. The wagon is also only one of three specially produced and the only one known to still exist today. Other celebrity owned and used vehicles featured in the museum include a 1970 Honda CT90 bike owned by Andy Griffith, a 1993 Jaguar XJ-S owned by Anna Nicole Smith, a bumper car from Elvis Presley’s favorite ride at Libertyland in Memphis, Tennessee and a 1931 Cushman Carte owned by Bing Crosby. The three-wheeled golf cart was specially built for Crosby by legendary car customizer George Barris, after he fell in love with other golf carts Barris had built for Glen Campbell, Frank Sinatra and Bob Hope. Crosby’s golf cart was painted Candy Apple Red, had custom bucket seats, a TV and AM/FM stereo; however, the most unique features added to the Cushman came from two signature items that represented Crosby himself, his golf hat and pipe. It was dubbed “Crosby á la Carte” and included a pipe off the front that emitted smoke at the push of a button and an 8-foot long hat as the roof.
One of our favorite vehicles found in the museum is the 1981 DMC Delorean featured in all 3 Back to the Future films. The car was 1 of 6 purchased for the movies. Other vehicles featured in movies and TV shows include the 1981 Yamaha Riva scooter driven by Tom Hanks in Larry Crowne, the 1992 Ford Mustang driven by Leonardo DiCaprio in The Departed, the 1986 Ford Crown Victoria driven by Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith in the Men in Black movies, multiple vehicles from The Fast and The Furious serious including the 1969 Dodge Charger driven by Vin Diesel, an edition of the 1979 Pontiac Trans-Am Bert Reynolds and Sally Field are seen cruising in Smoky and The Bandit and the 1965 Chrysler Imperial from The Green Hornet featuring Van Williams, Bruce Lee and Wende Wagner.
Just a few of the vintage hot rods found throughout the museum include a 1932 Ford Model B, a 1932 Ford Roadster, a 1941 Ford Super Deluxe Convertible, a 1939 Ford Coupe, a 1937 Ford Slantback 2 Door Sedan and a 1940 Ford Deluxe Tudor.
The museum also has a huge collection of convertibles that features a 1969 Volkswagen Beetle, a 1932 Ford Roadster, a 1969 Cadillac Convertible, a 1999 Shelby Series 1, a 1936 Ford Club Cabriolet and an exact replica of James Dean’s 1955 Porsche Spyder 550 A. This was the car Dean was driving when he crashed head-on into a 1950 Ford Tudor and met his death on his way to a road race in Salinas, California in 1955.
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My husband who is a few years older than me had so much fun going from car to car and telling me things he thought I would not know. I loved seeing the light in his eyes as he remember times from his youth and the stories he had heard from even before that. Something that not only those of times gone by love but also the little of the young who love cars!!