Being the car fanatic that I am, I was super excited this past weekend when I got invited to come and experience the Franschhoek Motor Museum at Anthonij Rupert Wine Estate. The museums boast some of the most iconic and timeless automotive I have ever seen in my entire life. The museum’s collection exceeds 220 vehicles ranging from a 1898 Beeston motor tricycle to a 2003 Ferrari Enzo supercar and more than 80 exhibits are on view at any one time, displayed in four de-humidified halls with a total floor area of 2700 m², and presented in chronological order. If we talk about best car museums, this one is one of the very best in the world.
The Franschhoek Motor Museum is a place where you can expect to find expensive cars, historic tricycles, celebrity vehicles and priceless race cars. Cars previously owned by Nelson Mandela , cars worth £20 million and cars that need you to purchase previous models in order for you to qualify for the newer models – hello Ferrari.
Some of my favourite cars of the day include the:
Chevron Racing Car – the car is fitted with Ford’s Cortina-based, Cosworth-developed 1,8-litre FVC engine, which features 16 valves operated by twin overhead-camshafts driven by a train of nine gears. With mechanical fuel injection, it produced 205 kilowatts at 9000 revs per minute and was mated with a Hewland five-speed gearbox. The B25’s top speed was 245 kilometres per hour.
McLaren F1 – the engine is a 6,1-litre, twin overhead-cam, 48-valve V12 produced by BMW. It develops 461 kilowatts and 651 Newton.metres of torque. In 1998 an F1 set a record for the fastest road car in the world, reaching 391 km/h with rev limiter removed.
Buggati – the car remained hidden in Switzerland during World War Two before passing through the hands of several wealthy owners and used in various sports car events. It was then shipped to America where it remained for 20 years during which time it was rebuilt. In 1971 the car moved to Britain and exhibited at the Bugatti Trust Museum at Prescott.
To be honest I am in love with the entire collection that we got to see on display. It is just out of this world crazy. I honestly couldn’t believe what I was seeing, I had to take a moment to take it all in. The history, the designs and the overall presentation is just priceless. One of those experiences I will never forget and will definitely do over and over again. There are lots of other awesome activities at the Anthonij Rupert Wine Estate to keep you entertained all day so go check out The Average South African Blog for more details on those.
If you are looking to visit the museum below are the booking hours it cost R80 per person:
Normal operating hours:
Monday – Friday: 10h00 – 17h00 (last admittance @ 16h00)
Saturday – Sunday: 10h00 – 16h00 (last admittance @ 15h00)
Season operating hours: Dec – March
Monday – Friday: 10h00 – 18h00 (last admittance @ 17h00)
Saturday – Sunday: 10h00 – 17h00 (last admittance @ 16h00)