The story of the Manitoba Antique Auto Museum starts with one man by the name of Isaac Clarkson. Clarkson’s passion for cars can be typically traced back to his youth, when he would gaze in awe every time the 1909 Hupmobile (owned by Mathew Black of Two Creeks) sped by the home and farm where he lived and would later work. As fate would have it, in 1946 Clarkson purchased the very same Hupmobile and began the tedious task of restoring it to its former glory. This was only the beginning of a new appetite for restoring cars, and the very one that would lead to the creation of the museum in 1967, when Clarkson offered up his collection and life’s work to the Village of Elkhorn and the newly formed non-profit organization, the Manitoba Automobile Museum Foundation.
In a way, a visit to the Manitoba Antique Auto Museum is not only a step back in time to see some of the greatest cars in the 20th century, it’s also an ode to the tinkerers, the curious and the passionate Manitobans like Isaac Clarkson who have contributed immensely to their community. Here are just a few of the cars you can find in one of the most extensive antique automobile collections in North America…
I don’t know about you, but when I picture what a car might have looked like in the 1950’s – something exactly like the 1955 Clipper comes to mind every time. Ideal for nights at the drive-in theatre!
Source: Wheel Sage
The 1976 Jaguar was donated to the museum by Elkhorn’s Loewen family; a car that will certainly bring memories of the 1970’s to mind.
Source: Period Paper
When it came to American automobiles in the first half of the 20th century, Marmon cars were known to be superior in terms of aesthetics and engineering. The Marmon Sixteen is particularly well-regarded as it carried a 491 cubic inch, all-alloy 16-cylinder engine. Less than 400 were constructed and sold for approximately $5000.
Source: Curbside Classic
Known for reliability, it’s not hard to close your eyes and imagine zooming around town in the early 1920’s in the Buick Touring car.
The museum is located on highway 1 in the town of Elkhorn, 1 hour from Brandon and 3.5 hours from Winnipeg.
Open dates: May 1 to September 30
Open hours: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm