J.A. Cooley Museum - San Diego, CA
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N 32° 45.206 W 117° 08.772
11S E 486304 N 3623962
Quick Description: The J.A. Cooley Museum is located at 4233 Park Blvd San Diego, CA 92103 It costs only $2 to visit!
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 4/9/2013 6:08:41 PM
Waymark Code: WMGTTA
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote
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Long Description:
Although this Museum features 15 cars from 1886 through 1933, it also has other antique items. See some photos of the autos at (visit link) which also informs us:

"The visitor to this museum is treated to a personal tour by curator, owner, collector, Jim Cooley. The museum features "primitive" cars which he defines as cars which have "one or two cylinders" and represent the development of the automobile. The majority of these cars are unrestored and chances are you won’t see them anywhere else.

The cars are shown in static displays and arranged in chronological order. The first car is the three-wheeled 1886 Benz which has a one cylinder 3/4 horsepower engine. Next is an 1895 Benz Velo which is credited as the first mass-produced car in the world. One of the most interesting cars to me was the 1899 Mobile Steamer which was built under the Stanley patent which was then sold back to Stanley in 1900.

Visitors will enjoy the 1904 Cadillac, Model B, designed by Henry Leland and the very first car to boast interchangeable parts.

The 1907 Brush was the first to use coil springs and the first to use a counterbalanced crankshaft. Of further interest to me was the wooden front axle. According to Mr. Cooley, this axle was "made of hickory and lasted 10 times longer than the metal axles of the day".

Some of these cars are the oldest models remaining in existence. For example, the 1907 International (Harvester) was the 14th made and featured a removable back seat so farmers could haul hay. The massive 1918 Chevrolet Model F-40 was built to compete with Buick and Cadillac and is acknowledged by Chevrolet as the oldest Chevrolet sedan in the world.

A strange counterpoint to these old cars is the Buick XP 2000 concept car. On permanent display at the Cooley Museum, this car represents the future of the automobile with capabilities for video conferencing, hands-off driving, and speeds of up to 210 mph. Be sure to watch the amazing video.

While there are no MGs in the Cooley Museum (and the M-Type is beginning to seem really new and powerful), of great interest to the vintage MG owner would be the complete collection of every license plate California produced from 1914 through 1991. Whether to settle a bet or to confirm color and shading on the proper plate for you vintage MG, this is the collection to see."

The Museum's own website (visit link) informs us:

"The J.A. Cooley Museum, founded by Jim and Carmen Cooley in 1996, is the result of a lifetime spent preserving the remarkable history of the technology from the late eighteen hundreds to the early nineteen hundreds.

On display is San Diego's Best Collection of 100 Year Old Vehicles. With two dozen automobiles, dating from 1886 to 1933, feature exhibits include the first car from (Mercedes) Benz and the Buick XP 2000 - a concept car that features video conferencing and can travel up to 210 miles per hour!.In addition to the automobile collection the museum also boasts over 20 categories of antiques represented by collections such as model trains, spittoons, clocks, phonographs, and pianos, to name a few."
Primary Vehicle Category: Cars

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Saturday 10am - 4pm Sunday 12pm - 4pm

Cost of Admission: 2.00 (listed in local currency)

Physical address of Museum:
4233 Park Blvd
San Diego, CA USA

Museum Website: [Web Link]

Visit Instructions:
To log your visit, please include a picture of your favorite vehicle in the museum. If you choose not to enter the museum, post a new picture of the sign or exterior, something so that we know you have been there.
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