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A beloved museum in Wisconsin closed its doors for the past time around Labor Day weekend after just about a few a long time in operation, but lovers now have the prospect to get a piece of it residence with them.

Or drive one particular home.

Elmer’s Vehicle and Toy Museum in Fountain Metropolis was launched by Elmer Duellman in the 1990s and operate by him until eventually his loss of life at 79 in 2019. The full assortment will now be auctioned the week of Sept. 17.

Duellman, who ran several automotive organizations in the area, was an avid motor vehicle enthusiast with a private collection of mainly American classics he often shared with family and friends.

Amazing HOARD OF Around 50 Typical Bikes Becoming AUCTIONED

Elmer's Toy and Auto Museum is located in Fountain City, Wisconsin.

Elmer’s Toy and Automobile Museum is located in Fountain Town, Wisconsin.
(Mecum Auctions)

His son Les informed Fox Information Digital that right after having portion in a community historic society tour with some of the vehicles and seeing the optimistic response they got from all people in city, he resolved to open the doorways to his warehouse and switch it into a community museum.

Along with about 100 automobiles are dozens of bikes, bicycles and one of the finest collections of antique pedal cars and trucks in the place, which Les claimed his dad started off adding to fill out the areas in the facility.

This 1927 American National Lincoln pedal car is likely worth over $10,000.

This 1927 American National Lincoln pedal automobile is probable worthy of around $10,000.
(Mecum Auctions)

Elmer acquired in excess of 800 pedal cars and trucks spanning the total 20th century, with several primarily scarce kinds from the 1920s and 1930s. Among the them are a 1927 American Nationwide Lincoln with an approximated price around $10,000.

There are also a several developed to search like the Dodge Daytona and Plymouth Superbird muscle cars. Elmer had owned every single of the actual automobiles due to the fact he acquired them new until finally he sold them just a handful of yrs back to a fellow admirer, with only 304 miles looking at on the Daytona’s odometer.

This Dodge Daytona pedal car looks just like a real one Elmer Duellman once owned.

This Dodge Daytona pedal car seems just like a actual a single Elmer Duellman the moment owned.
(Mecum Auctions)

Elmer experienced come to be ill and realized he did not have quite a few yrs remaining, but wanted to make guaranteed the cars finished up in the correct fingers. He’d also designed ideas for the auction, which is staying overseen by his 6 kids.

“It is a celebration of his collection,” Les claimed. “He preferred the automobiles to get back out in the fingers of collectors and develop great new recollections with them.”

This 1958 Chevy Delray is the car Elmer Duellman owned when he met his wife Bernadette.

This 1958 Chevy Delray is the automobile Elmer Duellman owned when he fulfilled his spouse Bernadette.
(Mecum Auctions)

Among the the automobiles on the block right now are Elmer’s favorite, a 1958 Chevrolet DelRay with a pretty exclusive meaning for him.

It is the motor vehicle he was driving when he achieved his spouse of 56 several years, Bernadette, who, unfortunately, is ailing and in assisted living currently.

Bernadette and Elmer Duellman were married for 56 years.

Bernadette and Elmer Duellman ended up married for 56 decades.
(Elmer’s Car and Toy Museum)

Several years right after he at first bought it, he tracked it down by 7 entrepreneurs and purchased it again in time for them to go for a journey in it on their 25th wedding anniversary in 1987.

“It was not your normal passionate trip by then,” Les explained. “Just one of the homeowners swapped in a 454 cubic inch significant block V8 and a loud straight pipe exhaust system for drag racing.”

Bernadette Duellman used to drive this 1959 Chevy Impala convertible.

Bernadette Duellman used to push this 1959 Chevy Impala convertible.
(Mecum Auctions)

Les reported his mom even now liked it and savored all the automobiles. Her favored was a white 1959 Chevrolet Impala Convertible with a black prime she generally drove that was usually regarded as “Mom’s auto.”


There is a single motor vehicle that the siblings determined to hold on to, however. It’s a 1932 Ford pickup that served as the museum’s truck and was applied as a hearse for Elmer’s funeral, at his ask for.

Elmer Duellman's casket was carried to his funeral on the back of the museum's 1932 Ford pickup.

Elmer Duellman’s casket was carried to his funeral on the back of the museum’s 1932 Ford pickup.
(Brad Duellman)

Les claimed the city turned out and adopted it in a lengthy car parade, with some of the muscle mass auto drivers saluting Elmer by undertaking burnouts, with prior authorization from the area authorities.

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The auction is scheduled to kick off Sept. 14 with the toys and other equipment, while the cars and trucks and bikes will be hitting the block on Sept. 17.

By Tara