Ankeny, Iowa Car Collection; Every Chevy Convertible

Most people have seen photos of this car collection in Ankeny, Iowa but for those of you who haven’t it is worth a look.

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Every Chevrolet convertible since 1912

Wow ! What do you suppose this collection is worth?

This collection belongs to Dennis Albaugh in Ankeny, Iowa, just north of Des Moines.

The personal and private collection consists of 110 + Chevrolet convertibles… all years from 1912 to 1975 and Corvette convertibles from 1953 to 1975.

That is a Chevy convertible from every year of manufacture EXCEPT 1939.  The reason? – Chevy didn’t make a convertible in ’39 — and ended its convertible line in ’75!

His ‘boy toys’ include his own 18 hole golf course, copied somewhat after Augusta National.  He is what you call a REAL Chevy guy, but his passion seems to be convertibles!

This billionaire made his fortune selling farm chemicals !

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  1. danny says:

    chevrolet did make a 39 four dour converitble but was used for the swess army

  2. william Jordan says:

    Dear Sir

    I am looking for information concerning a Chevy convertible 4 door used to welcome Churchill to Normandy
    at Cherbourg on 20 July 1944 (see http:images.google.com/hosted/life/l?q=cherbourg+1944)
    + I would like to see the whole car (US Army staff car I suppose), especially from the front! dashboard etc
    For publication possibly in 2011

    best regards

  3. Wayne Christie says:

    What are the times, and days the museum is open? Would love to see the cars.

  4. Paul Krcma says:

    My father in-law is visiting from Florida, and he would love to see your cars. Can we visit your collection on either June 2 or June 3 2010?

    Thank you,
    Paul Krcma

  5. Richard says:

    I am sorry but you can not reach the owner of this museum through the Legendary Collector Car site. You will need to contact them directly and unfortunately I can not provide you with the contact info.

  6. denise droste says:

    could you please email me the museum address and opening times as we are coming to des moines in august and would love to see these beautiful classic cars.
    denise and harry droste email (dvdroste@bigpond.com)

  7. Lloyd says:

    Is the museum open to the public?
    If it is, what are the days and hours?

    Thank you

  8. Richard says:

    Lloyd, yes it is open to the public but only for one day a year, usually in August.

  9. JJ Sclar says:

    Hello Dennis (or whoever is reading this :)),
    My name is JJ Sclar and I have a yellow 1972 Chevy Malibu Convertible that I am looking to sell to someone who would appreciate it. Not sure if you are looking to buy more cars but if you are please e-mail me back(ucsbtrijj@hotmail.com) or call me at 858-335-7324.
    Thank you so much,
    JJ Sclar
    San Diego, CA

  10. Richard Reed says:

    If the collection will be open for public viewing one day in August a group of 3 or 4 of us would look into reserving rooms on the Train from California’s Bay Area, then rent a car in Des Moine and drive up for the day. In that our reservations wowuld need to be made quite some time in advance we’d be interested to hear the expected opening date as soon as is practical for you, and would advance tickets/reservations be available.
    Thanks for your time.

  11. Andy says:

    The date of the yearly car show has not been set yet.Usually the first weekend in August. I will try to remember to post it here as soon as I know the date.Thanks for your interest. Andy. Caretaker.

  12. Richard says:

    Thanks Andy, I know there will be a lot of people headed your way!

  13. Stephen Best says:

    I have a 1936 CHEVROLET 4 DOOR TOURER, ONLY made in australia. I use it on many club runs, I have been told it is likely to be the last one left

  14. Ed (BR) says:

    Andy
    Please let us know when the annual visit for th public will be able, We are planning to flight from BRazil to check it !!
    edneypintor2011@gmail.com
    Probably We could not see this cars even in magazines !!
    Thanks
    Ed

  15. ACE says:

    Very cool! my era was at the end – so that collection strikes a cord as it is cool as in “Kool in the Gang” cool – I see No postings on here for a long time – regardless I’ll just add my 2cents and a Thank You-
    – What a great collection of Americana Auto history! Perhaps there is a collection of all years at factories. Would love to see this one and others if they exist – and in more detail on the net or have address of website of the museum where collections may be. I stumbled upon this site while surfing the web for photos of the first car that I owned at age 15 in Florida. You could get a drivers license at that age back in 1976 – I wanted to show my 13 year old what I used to drive. My green convertable was built like a TANK! Even after auto fire – it was worth it to rebuild because the body withstood the engine fire. Wishing that cars where built 1/2 as sturdy today I do believe the gas consumption back then was none to shabby – no worse than todays models at 20mpg. Gas was close to fifty cents a gallon. Very Fond memories of music blaring, wind in the back seat- Car even had AC, my mother could not imagine why AC for a convertable.

  16. Kyle says:

    I have a 1961 Covette all original. looks as if you drove it right off the showroom. Would you be interested? you can contact me at kyle@wittrockmotors.com

    Thanks.

  17. Thomas Brend says:

    I would like to know the address for Dennis Albaugh’s collection that he showing in July of 2011 soo I can get a hotel room close.

  18. Dave says:

    I would love to find out when this display will be open to the public. If you can email me that information I would appreciate it. Thank you.

  19. Alan says:

    The Albaugh Classic is July 23, 2011. The admission price is $10 per person and they are expecting over 600 cars entered beyond those of Dennis Albaughs collection. Visit the Website

  20. MARV BAILEY says:

    HEY
    COULD YOU EMAIL ME WHEN YOU ARE OPEN TO SEE ALL THOSE
    BUTE-I FULL CARS. MY FRIST CAR WAS A RED AND WHITE 55
    HT 265 AUTO THE AUTO WENT OUT AND PUT IN A 3 SPEED FROM A 56 STATION WAGON. LATER I ROLLED THE CAR END OVER END.
    I FOUND ANOTHER FOR $ 10 BUCKS AN PUT A 348 OUT OF A 59 CHEVY IN IT WITH A 3 SPEED. USED THE 265 BELL AND THE ENGINE FIT GREAT I HAD TO PUT SOME HOLES IN THE FRONT OF THE FRAME AND USED THE MOUNTS FROM THE 59. THAT CAR WAS UNREAL, COULD SMOKE THE TIRES THOUGH 2 GEAR. ANY WAY
    THATS ENOUGH DOWN THE MEMORY LANE. I NOW HAVE A 1929 BUSINESS COUPE. ALSO HAVE A BUNCH OF GTOS

  21. MARV BAILEY says:

    THANKS FOR YOUR MUSEUM

  22. f engh says:

    have the vehicles been photographed individually? If so can we buy a catalog of them…especially if it contains history ! how are the cars maintained…are they started/driven etc?

  23. Dennis Petersen says:

    Was wondering if you can give me the times the muesum will be open this weekend… Sept. 16-17-18 2011

  24. Patrick O'Brien says:

    Was wondering if you can give me the dates and times the muesum will be open. I travle through Iowa 3 to 4 times a year. I would love to see your collection.

  25. Bob Brawley says:

    Are they licensed?
    Thanks

  26. Richard says:

    Look closely at some of the photos and you will see they all have current tags!

  27. Kristi Majors says:

    My father would love to see this museum. Is it possible to let me know when it might be open to the public or possibly for private viewing? I see by previous posts that there is a possibility of sometime in August? Please email me. Thank you!

  28. Richard says:

    Best way to know when the annual show is to check their web site at:

  29. John Judge says:

    Having the museum open just one day a year seems quite stingy.

    On that one day the place must be so crowded that nobody enjoys the visit.

    I hope your having the place open only one day a year doesn’t entitle you to some sort of tax break, such as a non-profit organization status. If it does, that’s what the IRS should investigate.

    John Judge
    (510) 521-9954

  30. Patti Kuehn says:

    when will the collection be open to the public in 2016 ?

  31. Annastasia says:

    I am asking for any info you may have of if they maybe allowing a veiwing for 2017 or have they stopped do to the mobbing of people asking do you know if you can answer me at all thank you for your time ~Annastasia~

  32. Bill Steiner says:

    Would love to come see your collection in spring or summer 2017

    Thank You
    Bill

  33. Brigette says:

    Hi I was wondering if you have any open days in June 2017. Four of us are travelling from New Zealand and would love to view this collection.

  34. DON HUNT says:

    I am writing on behalf of Thunderbird Midwest, A car club in the Twin cities made up mostly of senior citizens. Are you planning any open days in 2017? If so, how can we obtain permission to view the wonderful collection?
    Thank you.

  35. Toby Alvarado says:

    Really love to come see your cars.Where are you located and what are the hours the museum is open?

  36. Toby Alvarado says:

    Thank you…

  37. Larry Shepherd says:

    When are you open for visitors?

  38. John mullins says:

    Any word on when you will have the annual viewing ?

  39. Larry Fritz says:

    Will you be open anytime near labor day weekend in 2017?

  40. Stacey says:

    It’s not a museum, it’s his personal car collection. He opens it once a year and all the proceeds go to charity.

  41. Anthony Shaheen says:

    Hello I am part of a Chevrolet zone team meeting that will be held in Johnston Iowa on the 26th and 27th of June. I heard about this wonderful museum from a Tech that got to see it during training in Des Moines. Is there any way the Chevrolet zone team could see this amazing collection?

  42. Cyndy Lammert says:

    Denny, I have a 1993 Cavalier Convertible for sale and would like to know if you are interested in purchasing it. Body in great condition, top is also in great condition, fairly new.
    Thanks, C

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