Hidden a half-hour's drive outside of Denver, a classic car lovers oasis and one man’s ultimate and ever-growing collection is a haven for classic cars and those who love them.
Elizabeth, Colorado, is a sleepy community just outside Denver and may not be the place people would expect to find the largest collection of American Motor Corporation (AMC) vehicles in the world. Set on a 165-acre parcel of land in the hills of Black Forest, the Rambler Ranch is home to 800 preserved, restored, and rescued classic cars.
This all began with owner and creator Terry Gale's father’s 1954 Nash Ambassador, which Gale rescued from the scrap heap and brought back to life. He spent three years bringing the classic automobile back to showroom quality, and this sparked his passion for the particular era of vehicles, so Gale began his collection soon after the restoration of his father’s classic. His eclectic collection of Nash/Rambler/AMC automobiles has grown and he now has at least five garages full of cars, as well as multiple smaller outbuildings that make up the Rambler Ranch museum.
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The ranch has become a tribute to times gone by, full of American nostalgia, and expands beyond the 800 or so vehicles that fill its buildings. The ranch houses a replica of a 1920s Sinclair gas station with an ice cream parlor and gift shop inside, a working 1950s diner, a replica model house of a 1960s home, almost 200 costumed mannequins placed throughout the property, a Kelvinator History Museum, and so much more.
The mannequins are dressed by an in-house stylist, who keeps them draped in the hottest fashions of different eras, adding even more character to the already remarkable collection Terry Gale has amassed. An on-site caretaker helps Gale keep the place up to display quality, caring for the cars and all the salvaged treasures that call the Rambler Ranch home.
While Gale does not open the museum to the general public, private tours can be set up for groups, car lovers, and more. There's an outdoor picnic area that seats up to 50 people, and the average tour will take between two and three hours. Email the ranch directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (720)-833-8129 for more information and to set up a visit.
The Rambler Ranch is another one of those "only in Colorado" places we just love to talk about. What about you? Have you been out to the Rambler Ranch for a tour or special event? Let us know in the comments.