Collecting coins, stamps and artefacts might be an avocation of us. The royals and the monarchs on the other hand used to spend a little more on their interest, by collecting classic cars. Looking back at Indian History, one might witness the lavish spendings of the kings to get cars of various eras just to enrich their collections. Today most of these collections have become museums and are open to the public domain. And if you have a plan for exploring these places then book hotels online and go through the list of top vintage car museums in India.
Heritage Transport Museum, Gurgaon
If you want to walk down the history of transportation in India, then this is your go-to place. Built over ninety thousand square feet near NH8 on Bilaspur in Gurgaon, the Heritage Transport Museum is a treasure house of different old vehicles. This museum is designed with the idea of educating visitors about the evolution of transportation.
Tourists visiting this place can see models of rural vehicles, two-wheelers, railways and aircraft. The museum featured a collection of vintage cars used in old Bollywood movies. Apart from that, classic cars like the 1968 Volkswagen Kombi van T2, 1985 Citroen BX Sedan, 1954 Hindustan Landmaster etc., are some of the models that you can expect to see here. Visitors touring this place can ride on the old historic train in this museum which is open for four trips a day. In addition to that, the museum hosts numerous events and exhibitions for visitors.
Ashvek Vintage World, Goa
Turning passion for cars into a house of collection, Ashvek Vintage World, is a passionate venture of Pradeep.V.Naik. Established in 1985, Ashvek Vintage World is located on the Panjim-Margao highway in Goa. It is designed with the idea of making the modern generation aware of the rich history of vintage cars.
Ashvek Vintage World in Goa is popular for having some of the rarest collections of exotic cars in the world, such as the 1936 two-engine Vidal Tempo, 4-door Volkswagen Beetle Limousine, the 1939 Mercedes 170, the Chevrolet FleetMaster, the 1931 Peugeot and the Austin 128, etc. The most noteworthy among these collections is the 1936 Vidal Tempo model which was used as the commander car of the Nazi army.
Pranlal Bhogilal Vintage Car Museum, Ahmedabad
Established by Pranlal Bhogilal, this museum takes you to the vintage car era of the late 19th and the early 20th century with its wide collection of classic and vintage cars. Built on Dastan Estate near Sardar Patel Ring Road in Kathwada, Ahmedabad, the Pranlal Bhogilal Vintage Car Museum is also known as the Auto World. It houses a rich collection of vintage vehicles produced in the past, some of which belonged to the Indian royal families.
The Pranlal Bhogilal Vintage Car Museum has over two hundred cars with over a dozen of Rolls Royce and high-end American and British automotive brands. Some of the highlighting cars that you can expect to see here include Bentleys, Rolls-Royces, Lincolns, Lagondas and Fleetwood etc. In addition to that, the museum also has a collection of vintage motorbikes, coachbuilders, and carriages.
Classic and Vintage Car Collection Udaipur
Planning to see royal vintage cars in their natural habitat, then you are welcome to the Classic and Vintage Car Collection, Udaipur. Located in Gulab Bagh Road in Udaipur, this museum features a wide collection of exotic vintage cars which are used by the kings of Mewar. This museum began showcasing the wide collection of vintage cars to the public in the year 2000.
The biggest highlight of this place is the royal car collection which includes Cadillac, Rolls Royce and Mercedes Benz. Other notable vintage cars include 1946 Buick, 1983 Cadillac, and 1959 Morris Minor.
Manjusha Museum, Dharmashala
Wonder what it feels like visiting a religious museum of vintage cars? Well, visiting Manjusha Museum in Dharmasthala can give you a unique experience. Built near the Manjunatha Swamy temple in Dharamshala, Karnataka, this museum has an impressive collection of vintage cars. It also houses paintings, antiques, and artefacts collected from the temples of Karnataka. In addition to that, it also showcases cameras, classic tools, coins from the Mauryan Empire, etc.
Some of the most historic vintage cars that you can expect to see here include, the 1926 Ambulance model, the 1924 Rolls Royce, the 1926 Mercedes Benz, England’s Austin mini car, and the 1947 Chevrolet are just a few examples to name.
Visiting these above-mentioned places is not only amusing but in the process, it will give you an insight into the rich history of vintage cars and their influence on transportation in India. People who have an interest in cars and have the opportunity to visit the regions mentioned above should include these museums in the list of tourist attractions on their city tour.