We often read and hear about the luxurious lives our royals lead in the past. In this democratic India, monarchy has been removed for more than 60 years and we have hardly witnessed the real grandeur of Kings and Queens! Still, the exuberant legacies left by the 'elite' of the past remind us of their exotic lifestyles. Be it artefacts, architectures, ornaments, etc. kept in the museums always excite us. Interestingly, they also had a penchant for technology and automobiles. Yes, that brings us to the vintage cars!
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Some passionate souls have created museums with a collection of vintage cars. Shall we make a tour around the beautiful vintage car museums in India.
Heritage Transport Museum - Gurgaon
A one-of-its-kind initiative, the Heritage Transport Museum has numerous exhibits depicting the evolution of transport in India. This museum doesn't just have a collection of classic cars but also other automobiles.
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Visitors can see the models of railways, two-wheelers, rural transports and also aircraft models used in historic times. Interestingly, the museum also has a collection of vintage cars used in old Bollywood movies. Hertiage Transport Museum is a great learning and fun experience! Many exhibitions and events are organised to keep the place more lively. It is surely one of the unique museums in India.
Location: It is near NH8, on the Bilaspur- Taoru Road in Gurgaon, Haryana.
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Manjusha Museum - Dharmasthala
Isn't it interesting to bump into a vintage car museum in a religious place? Yes, Manjusha Museum is one such unique museum in Dharmasthala of Karnataka. This heritage museum is a private collection of the Dharmadikari of Dharmasthala, Sri Veerendra Hegde. Along with the wide collection of classic and vintage cars, it also houses temple chariots, antiques and paintings mainly collected from the temples across Karnataka. Manjusha Museum also has coins of Mauryan Empire, vintage cameras and objects used by the people of coastal Karnataka.
Vintage Cars like Adler (German Car), Austin (England-made mini car), a 1926 model of Ambulance, Mercedes Benz (1926 Model), Chevorlet (1947 model), Rolce Royce (1924 Model), etc. can seen here!
Location: Near to Manjunatha Swamy Temple, Darmasthala.
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Pranlal Bhogilal Vintage Car Museum - Ahmedabad
Pranlal Bhogilal Vintage Car Museum or the Auto World houses a wide variety of vintage cars and automobiles procured from different parts of the world. One would be amazed by this treasury of vintage cars manufactured in historical times. Some of these models are also the collection of royals of India. In the 'Auto World' visitors are allowed to take the photographs of the cars.
Cars like Langondas, Rolls-Royces, Fleetwood, Lincolns, Auburns, Bentelys, etc. are found here.
Location: Dastan Estate, Sardar Patel Ring Road, Kathwada in Ahmedabad.
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Classic and Vintage Car Collection, The Palace Udaipur
The displays of this museum belonged to the Maharajas of Mewar. The Palace Udaipur opened this gallery for the visitors in the year 2000. It is housed in Mewar State Motor Garage along with a wide range of collections.
You can see Cadillacs (1938 model), Morris Minor Hundered (1959 model), Buick (1946 model) and so on.
Location: Gulab Bagh Road, opposite to Gulab Bagh in Udaipur.
Ashvek Vintage World - Goa
Ashvek Vintage World is the passionate venture of businessman Pradeep.V.Naik. He began the automobile collection in 1985 and it grew over the years. Ashvek Vintage World is the one and only vintage car museum in Goa. This venture was established to educate people about the motoring and the evolution of automobile engineering.
The exotic collection includes Volkswagen Beetle four-door limousine, a rare two-engine Vandall Tempo, Mercedes 170 (1939 model), Peugeot (1931 model) and so on.
Location: Goulloy, NH7, Salcete in Goa.
These rare collections are definitely interesting to explore. Especially for those with interests in automobiles and engines should visit these fantastic vintage car museums in India.