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Car Enthusiast’s Rev Your Engines at The Shed in Warroad, MN

For a completely unexpected experience, a stop at The Shed is an absolute must if you find yourself in Warroad, MN. We stumbled on a car enthusiast’s dream collection of classic and muscle cars at The Shed in Warroad, MN, and even more surprising is that it wasn’t even on our radar. A person doesn’t have to love cars to appreciate this car collection at The Shed.

A recommendation by a local is the only reason we stopped by The Shed. The gentleman asked if we were on a schedule. We replied no so he told us to go stop at “The Shed”. Our instructions were to “go up three blocks from here and take a right. If the stoplight by the front door is green it means they’re open.”

We did as we were told and the stoplight was green!

Car Enthusiast’s Dream Collection at The Shed in Warroad, MN

We walked in and were admiring some hockey memorabilia that was in the entryway. We assumed that because we’re in “Hockeytown USA” it’s pretty typical to find hockey memorabilia in just about every building in Warroad, population 1,881.

Turns out, this “collection” belongs to Bob Marvin, of Marvin Windows, he’s also the Mayor of Warroad. It was more than a little collection of hockey memorabilia and old cars. Marvin also happens to own 20% of the Minnesota Wild. This isn’t just any car collector, and this isn’t just a “Shed”.

We were signing the guestbook when a charismatic, friendly gentleman named Rick started talking to us and asked if we would like a tour. Rick is the caretaker of The Shed and personal friend to Bob Marvin. We proceeded to walk through and hear the story about the 90 cars in the collection for the next 4 hours! Marvin’s wife and the dog even stopped in for a visit and she could not have been nicer. It was an experience we won’t forget. We were shocked that this stop was not even on our radar to visit.

Rick has had an amazing career in the music industry, touring as the sound man with any musician you’ve heard of. He has lots of stories to tell and even played a guitar gift to him by Keith Urban.

We mean it when we said this was an experience we will not forget.

There is no entry fee but they do accept donations that go towards helping out the community.

Coolest Car Collection in Minnesota

The coolest thing about this rare car collection is that many of the cars in The Shed are one of a kind or two of a kind. For example, if there were 2 made in a series, Bob may own one or even both of those cars.

A person does not even need to be into liking old cars to appreciate this collection. Because the car collection is inside the “Shed” it’s comfortable to view in any type of weather.

The Shed is seriously packed with cars- 90 of them! Actually, there were only 89 during the time of our visit- one was off for repairs. The collection focuses on muscle cars from 1966-to 1970. All cars are in working condition and when Rick senses that you really like a car- he starts it up and lets you hear the engine roar.

Hop in!

Rick could sense which cars each of us really liked. He told us to get in for a picture!

One of many cool things about this collection is the stories that go along with the cars. This car collection includes cars belonging to Hollywood stars, that have been in the movies or even Presidential campaign cars. Impressive doesn’t even begin to describe what is all under this roof.

Classic Cars at The Shed in Warroad, MN

Here is a list of the classic cars in chronological order that you’ll find at The Shed.

  • 1926 Ford Model T
  • 1932 Buick Sedan
  • 1932 Roadster
  • 1933 Lincoln Phaeton which was Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Presidential Campaign Car
  • 1937 Cord 812 (1 of 900 cars produced)
  • 1937 Lincoln 
  • 1940 Packard Woody Station Wagon 
  • 1953 Buick Skylark
  • 1954 International R-140 Woody (1st one produced & the only to have survived. Used by the Army Corp of Engineers)
  • 1956 Ford Fairlaine Crowne Victoria (1 of 600 cars produced)
  • 1956 Lincoln Premiere (the car from Laverne & Shirley)
  • 1957 Buick Roadmaster
  • 1957 Chevrolet Corvette Fuelie 
  • 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
  • 1957 Chevrolet El Morocco (1 of 18 cars produced)
  • 1957 Chevrolet Nomad
  • 1957 Chrysler 300 C
  • 1957 Ford Thunderbird
  • 1957 GMC Suburban S100 (1 of 500 produced)
  • 1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk
  • 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham (1 of 304 cars produced)
  • 1959 Cadillac Eldorado DeVille Biarritz
  • 1959 De Soto FireSweep
  • 1959 Chevrolet Impala
  • 1960 Chevrolet Corvette
  • 1962 Chevrolet Bel Air Z11 Experimental 
  • 1959 Chevrolet El Camino
  • 1962 Chevrolet Impala Z11 (1 of 51 cars produced and possibly the only left)
  • 1962 Chevrolet Impala 409/409
  • 1963 Corvette Sting Ray 
  • 1963 Dodge 330 Max Wedge
  • 1964 Ford Mustang
  • 1964 Pontiac GTO (1 of 1 cars made in triple black)
  • 1965 Pontiac GTO Riverside 500 Pace Car
  • 1965 Buick Riviera- Bob’s first collector car and the rest….is history!
  • 1965 Chevrolet Malibu 396 Z16– first Malibu ever made!
  • 1965 Shelby Cobra 
  • 1965 Pontiac GeeTo Tiger 
  • 1966 Chevrolet Corvette Big Tank (1 of 66 cars produced)
  • 1967 Chevrolet RS Camaro Z28
  • 1967 Chevrolet SS 427
  • 1967 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro SS in blue (1 of 37 cars made and the only blue car produced)
  • 1967 Yenko Stinger Corvair Stage 3 (1 of 14 cars produced)
  • 1967 Dodge Coronet 440 Hemi
  • 1967 Ford Mustang in Playboy Pink
  • 1966 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350-H (1 of 999 cars produced)
  • 1967 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 500
  • 1967 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 Hardtop (1 of 337 made with hardtops)
  • 1967 Mercury Comet Cyclone
  • 1967 Chevrolet Cmaro RS/SS
  • 1968 Chevrolet Camaro L89 (extremely rare L89 package)
  • 1968 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro 427
  • 1968 Chevrolet Camaro Rally Sport Z/28
  • 1968 Chevrolet Smokey Yunick Camaro Hemi (1 of 3 Hemi Engines for GM)
  • 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge Ram Air IV
  • 1968 Ford  Mustang Shelby GT 500 – SIGNED by Carrol Shelby and only (1 of 2 cas produced in black)
  • 1969 Plymouth GTX Hemi Convertible
  • 1969 COPO Chevelle
  • 1969 Yenko COPO Chevelle ( 1 of 99 cars produced and 1 of 12 in Garnet Red- most are only found in museums)
  • 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 (1 of 69 cars produced)
  • 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS
  • 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28
  • 1969 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro in yellow (1 of 198 cars)
  • 1969 Chevelle COPO Camaro
  • 1969 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro **This is the only collection that owns all 3 years of the Yenko
  • 1969 Chevrolet Smokey Yunick Camaro Hemi
  • 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 (1 of 237 produced)
  • 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429
  • 1969 Ford Torino Talladega (1 of 754 cars produced)
  • 1969 Hurst Oldsmobile (1 of 912 cars produced)
  • 1969 GTO Judge Ram Air III (Here come the Judge!)
  • 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge Convertible ( 1 of 108 cars produced)
  • 1969 Pontiac Trans Am (1 of 697 cars produced)
  • 1969 Super Bee Hemi (1 of 38 produced)
  • 1969 Yenko Nova
  • 1970 Buick GSX Stage I (1 of 400 cars produced with the Stage 1 Package
  • 1970 Chevelle SS 454 LS-5 Convertible
  • 1970 Cougar XR7 (1 of 19 cars produced and this is the only automatic)
  • 1970 Cuda Hemi
  • 1970 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS Convertible (1 of 2 cars produced)
  • 1970 Chevrolet Monte Carlo (1 of 4 cars produced)
  • 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS-6 
  • 1970 GTO GTO Judge Ram Air IV Convertible (1 of 17 cars produced)
  • 1970 Dodge Challenger 
  • 1970 Dodge Charger R/T SE (1 of 10 produced and the only car made in red)
  • 1970 Nova SS L89 (one of the rarest Novas produced)
  • 1970 Oldsmobile 442 Indianapolis Pace Car Edition
  • 1970 Oldsmobile 442 W25
  • 1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442 Indianapolis Pace Car
  • 1970 Plymouth Super Bird (1 of 58 cars produced and only 58 with a meni + pistol grip shifter)
  • 1975 Chevrolet Vega (Only Vega to leave the factory with a V8, the only car that still exists and was 1 of 5 cars produced)
  • 1976 Chevrolet Cosworth Vega 
  • 1987 Buick GNX
  • 2004 Dodge Viper Custom (1 of 58 upgraded)
  • 2005 Ford GT
  • 2010 Chevrolet Hendrick Callaway Camaro (#18 of 25 cars produced)
  • Chevrolet 789 which is a combination of a Chevrolet frame, 1957 Chevrolet front end, 1958 Chevrolet doors, 1959 Chevrolet rear end  (15th of 58 cars produced)
  • 2012 Chevrolet COPO Camaro (1 of 69 cars produced)

Ice Cream Colors

One thing that stuck out when looking at these cars is to think about the automobile industry today- colors are not unique and cars are not unique anymore because they’re massively produced. This collection of cars is an example of how rare certain cars were at the time of their production.

As the saying goes, they don’t make them like they used to! Check out all the unique colors of these cars. Now, picture the variety, or lack thereof, of the cars we see on the road today.

1954 International Woody

This 1954 International Woody is one of 3 vehicles ever produced for the. This was used to aid in the construction of the Minuteman Missile sites in North Dakota. This vehicle is over 8′ tall and sits on a 1 1/2 ton chassis. This vehicle does a comfortable 45 mph.

1967 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro SS

This 1967 car has 25,000 miles on it and one paint job. It was decided in 1967 that Camaros could no longer have the 400 cid engine as it put them in a disadvantage in competition against the Ford Mustang, Plymouth Barracuda, and Dodge Dart.

Don Yenko created this with a Corvette engine and a fiberglass hood similar to that of the big-block Corvette.

Just One More Car….I Promise

There is literally a story for every car! We heard all the stories and the stories are what made the tour for us! The rest of the story will be told in pictures.

Upon wrapping up our 4-hour visit, Rick gave us his card and told us to read the bottom which says that a visit inside The Shed is either by appointment or chance (the green light signaling they’re open for visitors). We left The Shed with a new friend. We got into our vehicle to get back to our road trip in complete awe of what we saw. Again, we continue to be amazed at the unique experiences we continue to have when we are on a road trip.


Road Tripping to The Shed in Warroad, MN

This stop at The Shed is truly one that won’t be forgotten by us and we think anyone would enjoy a visit. It’s worth the drive!

The Shed is located in Warroad, MN along the MN/Canadian Border.

From Mankato, MN to Warroad, MN – 404 miles | 7 hours

From Rochester, MN to Warroad, MN – 364 Miles | 6 Hours

From Duluth, MN to Warroad, MN – 248 miles | 4.5 Hours

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