Musee Henri Malartre

Musée Henri Malartre, Rochetaillée-sur-Sâone, France

Visited in 2011

The Henri Malartre museum opened 1960 in a castle in Rochetaillée near the city of Lyon. The collection is primarily focussed on French marques, and in particular those produced in this general region. The castle building houses a large number of vintage and veteran cars, the rest of extensive collection can be found in a newer building in the castle grounds.

1899 Peugeot Type 27 Landaulet

1896 Leon Bollée

1948 Wimille Prototype No. 2

S.T.E.L.SA. EV built during World War II in 1942

Sizaire-Berwick

1938 Unic U6 Sport Berline

Address
645 rue du Musée
69270 Rochetaillée-sur-Saône
France

Musée Henri Malartre Castle entrance

Museo Enzo Ferrari Modena

Museo Enzo Ferrari, Modena, Italy

Visited in 2012

The Museo Enzo Ferrari in Modena opened to the public on March 10, 2012. The museum was built on the site of the old house where Enzo Ferrari was born in 1898 which still has the original dwelling part intact as well as the mechanical workshop (where his father Alfredo worked), opposite which there is a new (in 2012) futuristic looking gallery: shaped like a car bonnet in yellow, the colour of the town of Modena, the colour chosen by Enzo Ferrari as the background for the Prancing Horse, the Ferrari logo. The museum is currently managed by Ferrari spa.

The exhibits are not static – every six months or so there is a different theme – check the website before you visit. The photos shown here are of the cars on display in July 2012. As you can see, not all cars are Ferraris!

1940 Auto Avio Construzioni 815 (the first Ferrari)

1943 Stanguellini 1100

1948 Maserati A6 1500

1938 Alfa Romeo Tipo 156 Alfetta

1949 Ferrari 166 MM

Address:
Via Paolo Ferrari 85
41121 Modena
Italy

Website: www.ferrari.com/en-EN/museums/enzo-ferrari-modena

Museum entrance

British Motor Museum, Gaydon

British Motor Museum, Gaydon, England

Visited in 2017

The British Motor Museum claims to be home to ‘the world’s largest collection of historic British cars’. The Midlands has always been the centre of car manufacturing in the United Kingdom and it still is, although there are fewer companies active than in say, the nineteen fifties. The museum tells the story of the birth, decline and rebirth of the motor industry and the cars it produced. It is arranged by major theme, such as motoring history time road, design and concept cars, sport cars, movie cars etc.

MG SA on the Time Road

MG Magnette and Vauxhall Viva

Wolseley overlooking the Time Road

1935 Caravan

Part of the Design & Concepts section

HUE 166 the first Land Rover

Rover

1974 Austin 1300 SRV 5 safety research vehicle

2001 TVR T400R GT race car

Address:
Banbury Road,
Gaydon,
Warwickshire CV35 0BJ
England

Website: britishmotormuseum.co.uk

Coventry Transport Museum

Coventry Transport Museum, Coventry, England

Visited in 2017

Coventry Transport Museum collection includes around 250 cars, commercial vehicles and buses, 100 motorcycles and over 350 bicycles. It focuses on Coventry’s role in British transport heritage.

Shown here is a sample of the numerous makes that were built in and around Coventry.

1898 Daimler

1913 Swift Cyclecar

1923 Standard & 1923 Humber Chummy

1935 Hillman Aero Minx Cresta

Lea Francis Hyper

Address:
Millennium Place,
Hales Street,
Coventry CV1 1JD,
England

Website: transport-museum.com

Coventry Transport Museum 2017

Prototyp Museum

Prototyp Museum, Hamburg, Germany

Visited in 2018

Located in Hamburg city centre, the Protoyp Museum is housed in a historic factory building. The collection consists mainly of Porsche and VW passenger and sports cars. One of the highlights is the ‘Ur Porsche’ Type 63 built in 1939.

Original 1939 Porsche Type 63

1939 Pre-production split window VW Beetle

2017 Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1

The racing car section also contains the Jordan 191 F1 (1991), the car in which Michael Schumacher started his Formula 1 career.

1960 Wendler-Porsche W/RS-001

Basement exhibition area

In the basement there is an art gallery and a lounge area with an exhibition devoted to the famous German racing driver Wolfgang Graf Berghe von Trips.

Please check the website before planning a visit.

Address:
Shanghaiallee 7,
20457 Hamburg,
Germany

Website: prototyp-hamburg.de

National Automobile Museum Torino

Museo Nazionale dell’Automobile di Torino, Turin, Italy

Visited in 2016

Also known as MAUTO, the National Automobile Museum is one of the major car museums in Europe. It was founded in 1932 and now has over 200 historically interesting automobiles on display in a purpose-built modern building in Turin.

The end of an era

A clever audiovisual display illustrates the end of the ‘Horse and Carriage’ and the beginning of the ‘Horseless Carriage’ at the end of the 19th Century.

The Rolling Sculpture – 1948 Cisitalia

One of the most beautiful automotive creations, the Cisitalia, with a fitting backdrop.

Diatto

Diatto (1905-1927) was built in Turin.

The one that started the French cyclecar rage – the Bédélia

Evidence of the wide variety of cars on display, is this French Bédélia cyclecar. Designed around parts of an old wrecked motorcycle, simplicity itself.

Grand Prix display

Flooring showing the locations of the numerous Carrozzeria in Turin

Turin is famous for being the home of so many coachbuilding firms. All the famous names were established here: Ghia, Bertone, Frua, Boano, and all at close proximity to one another.

Diorama

Interesting dioramas can be seen by looking through holes in a fence in part of the museum.

Address:

Museo Nazionale dell’Automobile
“Avv. Giovanni Agnelli”
Corso Unità d’Italia 40
10126 Torino, Italy

Website: museoauto.it

Museum building in Turin

Brooklands Museum

Brooklands Museum, Weybridge, England

Visited in 2013

Brooklands is the birthplace of British motorsport and aviation. It was the world’s first purpose-built motor racing circuit. The cars in the museum all raced in period at Brooklands. In addition to the museum, there is the famous Test Hill to see, the remaining sections of the original Brooklands track and the aviation museum.

Exterior of the museum with visiting Aston Martins

Bentley

Napier Railton

Obvious racing heritage

Section of the original Brooklands track

A Talbot on the Test Hill start line

Check the Brooklands Museum website for opening times and other details.

Address:
Brooklands Museum,
Brooklands Road,
Weybridge,
Surrey,
England

Website: brooklandsmuseum.com

Autosammlung Steim

Autosammlung Steim, Schramberg, Germany

Visited in 2019

This is the private collection, assembled over the course of many years, of car enthusiast en businessman, Dr.-Ing. Hans-Jochem Steim. It is located in the heart of the Black Forest (Schwartzwald) in Schramberg. The museum contains about 130 cars from the turn of the century to more recent times.

1907 Ford Model S next to a 1911 Ford Model T

The Mercedes-Benz section

Ford Thunderbird

Volkswagen Type 166 Schwimmwagen and Type 83 Kübelwagen both from 1943

The museum building in Schramberg

The museum works together with the other museums in Schramberg, including the Auto und Uhrenwelt, reviewed here.

Address:

Autosammlung Steim
Göttelbachstrasse 49
78713 Schramberg
Germany

Website: autosammlung-steim.de

Bicester Heritage

Bicester Heritage, Bicester, United Kingdom

Visited in 2018

Bicester Heritage is NOT a museum as such. It is a business campus dedicated to historic motoring, based at the former RAF Bicester airforce base. It is home to numerous classic car specialists and is open ‘by appointment only’. Please check the website for opening hours and visitor policy, and if necessary make an appointment. However, Bicester Heritage, and the companies located there, organise classic car events throughout the year, so it is worth checking what’s on and when.

Riley outside one of the restored RAF buildings

Alvis (l) and AC

Mini Cooper and an AC

Belgian Bugatti on a test run

Classic car specialists all over the business park

Address:
Bicester Heritage,
Buckingham Road,
Bicester,
Oxfordshire OX27 8AL

Website: bicesterheritage.co.uk

Musée Maurice Dufresne

Musée Maurice Dufresne, Azay-le-Rideau, France

Visited in 2019

Maurice Dufresne has put together a museum devoted to France’s industrial heritage, covering a wide variety of artefacts, machines and vehicles. It is housed in a former 17th century water mill on the river Loire.

1906 Titan tractor in the courtyard

1922 Panhard et Levassor

Outdoor exhibits include this Hanomag tractor

Austerity motoring – 1941 Peugeot VLV Electric Vehicle (r)

1922 Renault Type NN and Flat Rad Morgan, alongside tractors and other farm machinery

Delightful deeply patinated steam locomotive

Address:

17 Route de Marnay, 37 190 Azay-le-Rideau, France

www.musee-dufresne.com