The name Clive Cussler may not ring a bell for those of you who aren’t into adventure novels, but the collection of pre-war automobiles and ‘50s convertibles he possesses might pique your attention. Earlier this year, Cussler’s collection of over 100 cars was opened up for the season and the guys over at Hooniverse were lucky enough to get a look inside.
In 1973, Cussler published his first adventure novel Mediterranean Caper that started the 21-book series following the adventures of Dirk Pitt, a character into impressive cars as much as his high-flying adventures.
Cussler has also written children’s classics, other adventure series and non-fiction works. In total, Cussler has written and published 51 books.
In addition to being a bestselling author, Cussler is also the founder of the National Underwater & Marine Agency (NUMA), an organization that is dedicated to preserving American naval and maritime history, which is credited with discovering the Confederate submarine C.S.S. Hunley.
And of course, there are his cars, over 100 to be exact, ranging from 1906 to 1965 models, including his first collector car, a ’46 Ford Club Coupe that Cussler bought for his wife for $400.
Housed in Arvada, Colorado, the Cussler Museum houses some of the rarest and finest examples of automotive models ever made. From a 1906 Stanley Steamer and a 1931 Detroit Electric, to a Lyons International Vintage Race Blower Bently, one of only 50 supercharged versions of the car ever made, Cussler’s museum has it all. Based on the photos, most of these cars are beyond words, and we’re sure the images don’t do them justice.
Other notable cars of Cussler’s includes an air-cooled Czech Republic-made Tatra; a ‘36 Avions Voison C-28 Ambassade, which features an aluminum exterior skin; and a ‘13 Strutz Bearcat-a notable pre- and post-war “sports car” of the era. Many of his cars can be seen in “Built for Adventure: The Classic Automobiles of Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt” available for purchase.