Glen Jennings - Life after 'Lost in the 50's' Museum closure: Classic Restos - Series 42
Fletch talks with Glen Jennings, the owner of the 'Lost in the 50's Museum' near Newcastle, NSW. He reflects on the enjoyment the museum gave so many visiting the private collection. The museum, when in operation, displayed over 100 American cars and 10,000 pieces of American memorabilia. Glen reflects on the origin of the magnificent collection that took two years to put together. Close friends convinced him that it should be open to the public for all to see. Thereafter, it was opened once a month for the next seven years.
Glen made the difficult decision to sell the collection to allow him to devote more time to his business and family. The 100% sale rate at auction was very pleasing with all vehicles going to new homes and enthusiasts. The 'Lost in the 50's Museum' is no longer, but Glen retained a few cars and collectables for his enjoyment and that of his grandson.
Glen reveals three of the vehicles never destined for auction. A 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible sporting a 356 V8. His all-time favourite is a 1958 Pontiac Bonneville Coupe, in original pristine condition having spent most of its life as a display vehicle in a dealership or the museum. He believes there is no better example of this model. Finally but by no means least, is America's favourite a 1963 Split Window Chevrolet Corvette Stingray with 327 V8 and manual gearbox. This car always turns heads wherever it goes, and the values are soaring, the same vehicle in the US recently sold for $US265,000, but Glen says it's not for sale, it's a keeper.