RANGING FROM a 1898 Beeston motor tricycle to a 2003 Ferrari Enzo supercar, the Franschhoek Motor Museum offers visitors the opportunity to look back on more than 100 years of motoring history with its unique collection of automobiles, motorcycles, bicycles and related memorabilia. The museum’s picturesque setting on the historical wine farm L’Ormarins adds even more old-world charm and for a moment one might expect The Great Gatsby’s Jay and Daisy to make an appearance.
However, it is about more than visually portraying the evolution of the automobile through the decades. The museum’s main aim is to preserve this history. Its collection exceeds 220 vehicles and 80 of them are on view at any one time – 20 in each of the four de-humidified halls that were specifically designed and built for this purpose and cover a total floor area of 2 700m². The vehicles are all presented in chronological order: antique (built before 31 December 1904), veteran (built between, 1 January 1905 and 31 December 1918), vintage (built between 1 January 1919 and 31 December 1930), post-vintage (built between 1 January 1931 and 31 December 1945), post-45 (built between, 1 January 1946 and 31 December 1960) and post-60 (built after 1 January 1961).
A DAY TO REMEMBER
The museum received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence last year and is well worth a visit, whether you are a car enthusiast or not. Make a day of it – feast your eyes on the beautifully preserved vehicles and afterwards enjoy a feast of gastronomy at one of the town’s numerous acclaimed eateries.
Opening hours are Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm (last admittance 4pm), Saturdays and Sundays 10am to 4pm (last admittance 3pm). The museum is open on most public holidays, phone for confirmation.
Admission prices are R60 for adults, R50 for pensioners and R30 for children (3–12 years old). An on-site delicatessen offers refreshments as well as wines from the estate.
Contact: 021 874 9000 or email@example.com or visit www.fmm.co.za