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.

1

6

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 !

5

4

3

2

11

001101ca8fb2ad67eba00200a8c011

13

12

8



44 Comments

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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)

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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?

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

  17. 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.

  18. 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!

  19. 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

  20. 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~

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

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

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

  25. 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?

  26. 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

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to top button
Close