During a recent pre-Thanksgiving day visit to Nocona, Texas, I visited the Horton Classic Car Museum.
This one of a kind paradise for vintage car enthusiasts was opened in 2011 by one of Nocona’s most enterprising husband and wife team.
This museum’s pride is anchored by about 40 different Corvettes that make up a portion of the 134 occupying vehicles.
Equally nostalgic is that the roof that these amazingly beautiful cars sleep under was built in 1922. All throughout the Museum are remnants and flashbacks to the days of the 1950’s.
I totally loved the realistic Diner setup complete with a jukebox and walls decorated with vintage 45 rpm records.
There’s a wooden cutout of a waitress standing at the Diner counter which made for some great photo opportunities.
Behind the waitress, on the wall, was a preserved and framed .357 Magnum revolver once owned by Elvis Presley.
This mock Diner did not serve food but was actually a passageway to some super clean restrooms.
And now the cars *swoon
As a person who loves vintage American cars I have to say I was thoroughly impressed with the strategic placement and world-class treatment of such fine vehicles.
Each of the cars and trucks were professionally polished to the point that you could see your own reflection on many of them.
But don’t get too excited. There is a strict no-touch policy which is enforced by staff and 24 hour camera surveillance. So don’t think of trying to get up close and personal with any of these beauties.
As I gleefully strolled through 18,500 square feet of automobile bliss, I captured some pictures and videos of a few iconic cars.
Here’s the pink 1954 Cadillac similar to the one Elvis Presley had
There’s a Mach 5 from the cartoon series Speed Racer
1929 Whippet 96A designed with a Fire Chief emblem on the driver side door
1953 Chevy Corvette Station Wagon which I never knew existed
The list can go on and on but instead of boring you with all the gear head tidbits, I’d suggest you go to my Instagram to see the dozens of visually stimulating photos I took.
Admission fees are as follows:
- General Admission: $12 per person
- Seniors 65 and over: $10 per senior adult
- Kids (Age range not specified): $8 each
- Children under 8 years old: FREE
- Veterans, military personnel, police and firemen: FREE with valid I.D.
The museum is located at 115 West Walnut Street in the heart of Nocona. They’re open Monday through Friday 9:00am to 4:00pm, Saturdays from 9 to 5, and closed on Sundays.
I recommend calling them if you plan on visiting anywhere near a major holiday to make sure they will be open at the time of your visit. Their phone number is (940) 825-1022 or you can try emailing them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be sure to tell them you read about the museum on www.TrippinOverTexas.com