Vintage Chevrolet
A 1929 Chevrolet showcased by its owner to our researchers while in New Mexico on the way to Colorado; vintage car collecting is very popular in this region

Best-selling author Clive Cussler is an archaeologist and deep sea specialist known for adventure novels, thrillers, and non-fiction books about dozens of underwater shipwrecks he has personally explored. He is the founder of the National Underwater and Marine Agency (NUMA), a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Short biographies of Clive Cussler can be found at biblio.com/clive-cussler and at numa.net/clive-cussler-2. He also maintains a Facebook page that has approximately 300,000 followers.

Known especially for his adventurous Dirk Pitt character, popular books by Clive Cussler are listed here: cusslerbooks.com/clive-cussler-books.php.

A vintage car enthusiast since childhood, Cussler founded the Cussler Museum in Arvada, Colorado, to showcase his beautiful car collection to the public, May-September. It is the only automotive museum on our list of literary landmarks nationwide and is conveniently located near Denver.

Though not originally from Colorado, Cussler adopted it as his home and selected it for his museum based partly on this memory: “…when driving through the Colorado countryside, my wife, Barbara, said, ‘Look! There’s a 1946 Ford club coupe like I had in high school.’ The car was sitting in the front of a farm with a For Sale sign on it. I paid $400 for it and drove it home, where my son and I restored it in the street. This was the first car of my collection. It still sits among the more exceptional additions that came through the years.” You can read more of his thoughts about car-collecting at cusslermuseum.com/message.

More than 100 of his gleaming classic cars are on display. To see photos, click here: Cussler Museum Autos. To read more about the Cussler Museum, click here: cusslermuseum.com.

Many vintage car fans live or visit this region and stories are a natural part of car collecting. The Rocky Mountain Car Club has more than 600 members. The above photo of a 1929 Chevrolet was shot in New Mexico when the proud owner offered our film-maker a whirl. The car is the same type as one owned by the grandfather of the owner of this vehicle.

Vintage car restoration is growing in popularity as a subject for television reality shows, such as FantomWorks (Velocity), and even daily rentals through Driveshare.

The Cussler Museum is the fourth stop on the Colorado Author Adventures Trail.

Patricia Smart