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J & R Vintage Auto Museum - Rio Ranch, NM

While waiting for my luggage to appear on the carousel at Albuquerque airport, I wandered over to the local Tourist Information stand, and my eye immediately fell on a flyer about a local automotive attraction, the J & R Vintage Auto Museum, no less. I picked up the leaflet, and resolved to include it in my plans for my stay in New Mexico. Here is a report on what I found.



The Museum is tucked away in an unlikely place. It's in a large building, well off the NM Route 528, about 2 miles off the main I25 Freeway, some 12 miles north of Albuquerque. It's only daily during the summer months, but not on Sundays during the Winter Season. This is an unpretentious place, full of cars owned by the proprietors, who have decided to make their collection available for more people to enjoy. It's not a flashy sort of place, at all, with simple hand-written signs telling you what the cars are, and with a little bit of history. The vast majority of the exhibits have been restored, and there is a workshop attached, where several more vehicles were in "for surgery" at the time I was there.

1912 Buick Model 28



1926 Ford Model 'T'



1914 Ford Model 'T' Touring



1915 Dodge Touring



1924 Ford Model 'T' Roadster



1926 Ford Model 'T' Pickup



1914 Ford Model 'T' Depot Hack



1933 Plymouth 4 Door



1934 Chevrolet Master



1932 Ford V8 Coupe



1934 Ford V8 Cabriolet



1935 Ford V8 Roadster



1956 Ford Thunderbird



1940 Ford PickUp



1950 Ford Custom deLuxe CrestLiner



1941 Plymouth Special de Luxe



1923 Mack Type 'C'



1932 Diamond T



1938 Mack EH



1939 Mack ED



1935 Buddy Stewart





1962 Ford Unibody



1947 Lincoln Continental



1953 Ford F100



1959 Studebaker Transitor



1959 Ford F100 Custom



Packard



1916 White



1934 Ford V8 Roadster



1922 Marmon Speedster



1932 Packard Roadster



1917 Marmon Chumany



1932 Hupmobile



1931 Ford Roadster Pickup



1931 Ford Model 'A' Cabrio



1931 Reo Speedwagon



1941 Cadillac



1948 Ford V8 Super deLuxe Convertible - this is the only survivor of a series of 10 cars that Ford built specially to transport tourists over the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes, in Michigan



1931 Packard



1930 Packard Model 733 Convertible Coupe



1932 Packard Coupe Sedan



1927 Marmon



1932 Chevrolet deLuxe Sports Roadster



1931 Reo Royale





1928 Ford Model 'A' Special Coupe



Ford



1931 Ford Model 'A' 400



1929 Ford Roadster Pickup



1929 Ford Sedan Delivery



1936 Ford V8 Phaeton



1938 Buick Century Phaeton



1929 Buick



1926 Rickenbacker



Unspecified



1927 Peerless 6-90



1923 Buick 55 Sport Touring



1964 Mercury Comet Caliente Convertible



1931 Devaux



1928 Willys Knight - famous for a sleeved valve technology that never caught on elsewhere



Marmon



1960 Studebaker Lark Convertible





1979 Ford Thunderbird



Mercury Eight



1935 Ford deLuxe Touring



1923 Page 7 Passenger Phaeton

 

Well worth seeking out if you are in the Albuquerque/Santa Fe area of New Mexico. And if you are not, well there's plenty of other attractions in the area to make a visit to New Mexico an enjoyable experience. After all, the strap-line on the licence plates is: "Land of Enchantment".

Big TC

What an absolute gem of a museum that looks like, Colin. It seems packed with exhibits.

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