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Telstar Mustang-Shelby-Cobra Museum

1330 South Kimball Street, Mitchell, South Dakota 57301 USA

“For the Shelby lover”

Jerry and his wife Mavis are the owners of Telstar Motors in Mitchell, South Dakota. They deal exclusively in Mustang and Shelby restorations. In addition, Jerry and Mavis are the founders of the first Shelby and Mustang museum containing at least one Shelby from every year and model of production. "Many people have talked about starting a Mustang and Shelby museum, but we actually did it," Jerry says with a smile. The museum resulted from their constantly growing personal collection which started in 1979. While building the museum they completed two personal restorations each year. People have come from all over the world, including Sweden, South Africa, Turkey, France, Japan and Australia to see this collection. A remodeled showroom, including temperature and humidity control and a sound system playing muscle-car era music, was completed before the museum's opening in June of 1990. Jerry and crew restored every car, from placing the bodies on a frame jig to ensure perfect alignment to hand painting instrument needles. Every bolt in these classic cars has been removed, inspected, cleaned and rethreaded or replaced. All the Cobra and Shelby titles have been autographed by Carroll Shelby.

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Reviewed by
Austin Coop

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September 15, 2014
Rated 3.0

Jerry is a Mustang man through and through. His knowledge and talent make for a beautiful museum of cars. As OCDGYRL mentioned, the admission may make this a waste of money unless you're a real Mustang lover.

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Reviewed by
Dawn G. Johancsik

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July 21, 2014
Rated 3.0

This is a really neat place to see. Jerry has got to be one of the most knowledgeable men on Mustang's out there. We have even talked about bringing ours in. He is super nice and humble. He's older but can get up and down and off the ground better than my 40 year old body can.

The museum has some really neat Mustangs and they are pristine. I would absolutely not suggest small children or anyone who can't keep their hands in their pants. These cars are perfection.

Mavis seems like a force to be reckoned with. She is pretty pushy about selling things and has a bit more of an attitude. We felt like we were imposing on her. She is the one that does the tours but seems like she really doesn't want to do them anymore.

The price was the highest we paid for our entire trip for a single museum. I was very shocked and wouldn't pay that much to see it again. Mavis is very knowledgeable as well about the cars and has helped in restoration.

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Reviewed by
sjc20077

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June 11, 2014
Rated 5.0

Awesome collection and cars are beautifully restored!!

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Reviewed by
au1mom

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September 13, 2017
Rated 3.0

We had a similar experience as Dawn. She was kind of short with us when my boys would be trying to ask questions. I do wish that if they were going to charge $20 per adult for the Tour, they would tell that beforehand. They don't have nearly the collection that they used to. We probably wouldn't have stopped had we known the price. The cars were beautiful though.

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Reviewed by
Gvn2fly

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October 28, 2015
Rated 5.0

Fantastic collection and knowledge. Jerry and Mavis are a real treat, such a pleasure to have met them. This stop was a Must for us on our way to SEMA 2015.

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rocknroll_jeph

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July 15, 2015
Rated 5.0

What a wonderful place. The personalized tour was through and interesting. Even a diehard mustang/ Shelby fan will learn something new!

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Telstar Mustang-Shelby-Cobra Museum

1330 South Kimball Street
Mitchell, South Dakota
57301 USA

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