A Peek Inside the Kansas City Automotive Museum 4

Seven Unique Historic Car Models

In 2011, a group of automotive enthusiasts set out to open a world-class automobile museum in Kansas City. Two years of grassroots marketing and four awards later, the Kansas City Automotive Museum received its first major donation, making the long-awaited Museum possible for our community.

The Kansas City area is home to major automotive and motorcycle manufacturing, racing and a vibrant collector community. We have a long, storied and proud automotive heritage that needs to be preserved and celebrated. Currently located in Olathe, our interim museum features more than 30 cars in a 12,000 square display space. In addition, the museum hosts car club meetings, special events throughout the year, and has a very active scouting program.

 

The Museum is located at 15095 West 116th Street in Olathe, Kansas, Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM and Sunday 12:00 PM- 5:00 PM.

 

 

1925 Jordan Seven-passenger Sedan

 

The Jordan Motor Car Company produced cars from its factory in Cleveland from 1916 to 1931. This Jordan model sold for $3,225 in 1925; it was the company’s most expensive car model. The owner of this Jordan discovered it at an estate sale near Moberly, Missouri, and purchased it for $500.

 

A 10-year restoration process put the car in running condition, and it has been driven on a Napa Valley wine tour and through Yosemite National Park. The engine is the original Continental inline eight-cylinder and is rated at 74 horsepower.

The Ford Model T was an important car for Kansas City. Starting in 1912, Kansas City was the home to the first Ford production facility outside of the Detroit area. The roadster sold for $590 and total production of Model Ts in 1912 was 177,834.

 

The word “commercial” in the name indicates this model was designed for tradesmen with a flat deck behind the cockpit, which could be configured for a variety of tasks.

Early Packards were considered some of the best high-priced luxury automobiles produced in America. The 1929 models had long hoods, sweeping fenders and large oval headlights. But what really pleased car buyers was the standardization of using an inline eight-cylinder engine, replacing Packard’s six-cylinder and twin six engines.

 

A special version of the Roadster, the Model 626 Speedster, was capable of reaching 100 mph. Only 70 of the 1929 Speedsters were built.

 

The BMW Isetta is one of the most well-known “micro” cars around the world. It was manufactured in eight different countries and sold in several others, including the United States, from 1955 through 1962. Most of the motors used for the various versions of the Isetta were sourced from existing motorcycle engines. Top speed of an Isetta was 47 to 53 mph depending on the model.

 

The Isetta’s origin was actually Italian; it was designed by two engineers from the Iso S.p.A. company.

For 1947, Chevrolet introduced the 3,100 (1/2 ton) and 3,600 (3/4 ton) series, known as the Advance Design style, which had a larger cab, allowing for a true three-person seat. New features included a fresh-air heater/defroster, corner windows and an in-dash radio. The engine is a 216-cubic-inch inline six-cylinder making 76 horsepower.

 

A few changes were made for the 1948 and 1949 model years including the relocation of the gear shift from the floor to the steering column on the 1949 model and the relocation of the fuel tank from the frame to inside the cab behind the seat.

The Ford Crestline Skyliner was designed as a two-door hardtop with an integrated green-tinted glass panel over the front seating area. In the first year of production, 13,444 were sold. In 1955, 1,999 were built, and the 1956 model sold 603 units.

 

Lower sales in the second and third year may have been due to how hot the car could be in summer months—air conditioning was not an available option. But the car had many of the new Ford power items like power windows, power seat, power steering, power brakes, plus an automatic transmission, and there was a long list of accessory options available.

 

1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad

The Bel Air Nomad was Chevrolet’s first two-door station wagon. There were 8,103 Nomads produced in 1956. This car came about as the result of the 1954 Corvette Nomad concept car which was featured at the 1954 General Motors Motorama show at the Waldorf-Astoria.

 

This Nomad was manufactured in Kansas City at the now-closed Leeds, Missouri, plant. It was equipped with a 205 horsepower, 265-cubic-inch V-8 engine. Retail price was just over $2,700. The current owner has owned it since 1976 and performed a full restoration.