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This $279M Colorado Mansion Listed for Sale Includes Its Very Own Car Museum and Collection

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There are few things in life that can make you feel dirt poor, and one of them certainly is looking at a multi-million dollar mansion that’s been listed for sale. Oftentimes, luxury amenities pepper the property with high dollar add-ons like pools and guest homes, but very few for of them cater to the automotive enthusiast. Well, this mega-mansion in Colorado is the exception, as it includes something every car lover will drool over: a private car museum with a sprawling collection.

Welcome to the Gateway Canyons Ranches and Resort: a full-fledged luxury property currently owned by John Hendricks, the billionaire responsible for the Discovery Channel. Offered for sale at an eye-watering $279 million, the 8,700-acre property includes a main residence, a 72-room resort and spa, a private airstrip, an observatory, and its very own automotive museum.

Specifically, included in the sale is the Gateway Auto Museum, a local attraction that houses a number of antique and rare automobiles that helped shape the modern American vehicle as we know it.

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The Gateway Auto Museum currently has more than 50 cars on display for visitors to enjoy, including its pièce de résistance 1954 Oldsmobile F-88 concept car. This particular piece is referred to as the museum’s Mona Lisa and was the subject of an intense bidding war when it was purchased at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale in 2005. The final hammer price? A cool, $3.3 million, which was more than four times its perceived value.

While the full list of vehicles isn’t readily available, the museum does list a number of its vehicles on its website:

  • 1906 Cadillac Model H Coupe
  • 1912 Ford Model T Speedster
  • 1913 Pierce-Arrow Model 38C Brougham
  • 1914 Ford Model T Runabout
  • 1928 Cadillac Sport Phaeton Convertible
  • 1929 LaSalle Series 328
  • 1929 Packard 645 Deluxe Eight Convertible Runabout
  • 1930 Duesenberg Model J – Transformable Cabriolet
  • 1932 Auburn 8-100A Boattail Speedster Convertible
  • 1936 Auburn 8-852 Supercharged Convertible
  • 1936 Cord 810 Sport Phaeton
  • 1937 Hudson Terraplane Convertible Coupe
  • 1938 Cadillac V-16 5 Passenger Town Sedan
  • 1939 Packard Darrin Super Straight 8 Convertible Victoria
  • 1947 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible 2 Door Convertible
  • 1947 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet
  • 1950 Packard Super 8 Victoria Convertible Coupe
  • 1951 Buick Roadmaster Convertible
  • 1953 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible
  • 1954 Buick Skylark Convertible
  • 1954 Oldsmobile F-88 Convertible Concept Car
  • 1955 Cadillac Eldorado Sport Convertible Coupe
  • 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible
  • 1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible
  • 1958 Chevrolet Corvette
  • 1967 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 500 Fastback
  • 1968 Chevrolet Camaro SS/RS Convertible
  • 1970 Plymouth Barracuda Coupe “Hemi ‘Cuda”
  • 1971 Oldsmobile 4-4-2 2 Door Convertible
  • 1971 Pontiac GTO Judge
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In case you’re looking to get a little more use out of the cars included with the property, the ranch includes a program called the “Driven Club,” where guests of the resort are given access to rent a number of luxury and performance vehicles including a Chevy Corvette, Dodge Viper, Ford GT, Porsche 911, and several Bentleys. And for real thrill-seekers, a trophy truck ride-along is also offered. It’s not clear if the entire club comes along with the property, but we certainly wouldn’t mind if it did.

If you’re looking to store a few more cars closer to home, the main residence also includes a large “five-plus” car garage where you can fit your daily drivers, plus a helipad for the helicopter that you definitely own.

With a spectacular view, a huge home, nearly 60 vehicles, and a turn-key business operation, the $279 million price tag seems to be a bit more justified for those who can afford it. Or, you can just use the property as a mega party mansion for your and all of your car friends (I’ll be waiting for an invite).

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Source: The Drive

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