Late December found us back in Chicago again. For this cold, rainy day we made our way to the far (far) suburb of Volo to check out the Volo Auto Museum
As it turned out it was far more than an auto museum.
But first we passed through Niles, Illinois – and the Tower of Pisa (half height replica)
Finally we arrived at the Volo Auto Museum. It is a collection of 18 different buildings and shelters. Volo is unique in that almost everything is for sale so we saw a great collection of classic cars with prices on them.
As we made our way into the first building it was apparent that they had far more than just cars including a collection of nicely restored jukeboxes.
A Zoltar from the movie ‘Big’. There is a large collection of movie props scattered throughout the museum.
Pedal Cars – They had one of the largest collections I have seen (Gilmore had more, but not by much)
Motorized Bicycles – the famed Whizzers.
Kiddie Rides galore
As noted previously, they have a large collection of props from movies, or marketing from the various entertainment groups like Disney or Warner Brothers.
And a small, but classic, camper collection
A great scooter collection.
A very early Ford with tractor drive wheels and ski’s on the front.
But we are here for the cars.
Some of the ‘cars’ are very custom designs – like a Skate Car
Lots of movie and TV cars. All of the cars you see in the movies and on TV are really one of many of the exact same car (often 10 or more). Volo prides themselves in getting one of these original cars.
Usually they are looking for the car that was used for the publicity so it is not all beat up.
Let’s start with KITT from Knight Rider.
The Beverly Hillbillies Movie
One of the first Fast and Furious movies
The Ecto Mobile from Ghostbusters.
A more recent Mad Max movie car
A really wacky one from a movie called Son of the Mask
Vehicle and prop from Alien
One of the original 1960s Batman TV show cars.
The Munster’s Car
Christine. Stephen King made us all afraid of this car.
A later Batman movie car
And finally – a prop car for the Flintstones! The Volo Auto Museum is quite the place – well worth a few hours of wandering around.