A Visit to the Museum of Automobiles in Morrilton

 I always try to make a stop by the Museum of Automobiles when I visit Petit Jean Mountain in Morrilton. There are more than 50 cars on display at the museum and all represent an impressive slice of automobile history. Winthrop Rockefeller founded the museum in the 1960s and a few of his cars are now housed there. The museum is also home to the Mid-America Old Time Automobile Association. 
 
There are quite a few notable cars in the museum’s collection. Among them is Elvis Presley’s King’s Ranchero. He bought the car in 1967 to roam his Mississippi ranch. Another notable car is JFK’s 1963 Lincoln Continental. This convertible was presented to President Kennedy for his private use during his White House years.
 
One of my favorite cars at the museum is a beautiful red 1941 Chevy ½ Ton
 
Truck. It even has fuzzy dice hanging from the rearview mirror. The truck was purchased in Texas three days before the bombing of Pearl Harbor. It was stored during the early forties while its owner served in WW II.

For an Arkansas tie, check out the 1967 Cadillac Fleetwood Seventy-Five. Bearing a license tag with his initials “WR”, this was the personal car of Winthrop Rockefeller and was kept at his home on Petit Jean Mountain. Keep an eye out for the sterling silver bull on the hood of the car—a symbol of the Santa Gertrudis breed of cattle his Winrock Farms is famous for.

Another Arkansas tie are cars from the Climber Motor Corporation, which was Arkansas’s only automobile manufacturer ( they opened their doors in Little Rock in 1919 and closed production in 1924). The company was known for producing durable cars that could handle the rough roads of the state of the time. The museum, which is located at 8 Jones Lane, is now home to the only two Climber cars known to exist in the world.

This is just a few of the many cars you can see there. If you want to check out the cars sometime, the museum is open daily from 10-5 . For more information call 501-727-5427 or visit musuemofautos.com.  The museum is on the same road that leads to Petit Jean State Park.

 

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