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Nethercutt Collection and San Sylmar

1931 Bugatti Type 51 coupeThe late J. B. and Dorothy Nethercutt assembled a World-class collection of cars, mechanical musical instruments and rare collectibles. Thanks to their foresight and generosity their collections are available to all of us to see for absolutely no cost. The Merle Norman fortune allowed for the Collection to be funded forever. It will grow and be maintained at no cost to visitors, ever.

There are more than 100 vehicles, six of which have won the top award at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and unprecedented six times. This is truly a fabulous collection and you can’t miss the restored steam locomotive and private rail car.

In addition to the Nethercutt Collection there is San Sylmar which will take your breath away. It contains an additional 250 vehicles plus “floors” of mechanical musical instruments and huge pipe organs. During the private tours of this collection attendees even get a sample concert from these musical treasures.

Ford Hot Rod

Both collections are located in Sylmar, California across the street from each other. The Nethercutt Collection is free and open to the public, check their web site for hours. San Sylmar is also free but only available by appointment and private tour, again check their web site.

We have visited this collection and are still blown away with each visit. To see photos from our most recent tour visit our Museum page. We have provided three complete pages to this wonderful facility.

For a sample of the mechanical musical instruments click on the audio below. Listen for he nickel to go into the coin slot and then the mechanical machine begins to play the violin and more!


Violin Machine

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I grew up and lived in Iowa for a good portion of my life before moving to Southern California. After 20+ years we now live outside Nashville Tennessee. I have been into cars since I was old enough to remember. I don't have a brand loyalty although I do prefer American Muscle especially the 1969/1970 NASCAR Aero Cars. (Check out our other web site at site) As long as it has four wheels and an engine I get excited. Few men are lucky enough to be able to share their passion for cars with the woman they love. Fortunately, my wife, Katriana, is also a gear head and many of our activities revolve around the cars. We have a small collection that includes at least one car from each of the Big Three. It includes a Best of Show winner, a survivor, a driver with lots of patina and several others. Katrina prefers all original cars while I like to modify them so we have a few of each. When we aren't playing with cars we are out working with or showing our miniature donkeys. You can see more about that part of our lives at

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