Knowing about cars is one thing, seeing them in the flesh is another. If you want to get as close to rare and extremely significant cars as possible, these ten places are the best.
We should also note that, given how many times we've singled out the lovely Petersen Collection in LA, we left it off this list. But also go there if you have a chance.
10.) Donington Grand Prix Collection, England
If you're looking for an F1 car, you'll find it here. The Scrambler says it can be done:
The work of one-time track owner, the late Tom Wheatcroft, the Donington Grand Prix Collection remains (as far as I know at least) the largest collection of Formula One cars in the world, including comprehensive collections of Williams and McLaren examples, including the underpowered car Ayrton Senna drove to victory in the 1993 European Grand Prix at Donington, one of his greatest ever drives.
9.) The Saab Museum, Sweden
I don't know if there's ever going to be a brand I miss more than this Swedish meatball.
8.) The Simeone Museum in Philadelphia
Because European and American race cars, plus much much more.
Suggested By: Stig-a-saw-us-wrecks, Photo Credit: Simeone Museum
7.) The Nissan Heritage Museum
The only problem with the Nissan Heritage Museum is that you can only visit it if you know someone like a certain Jason Torchinsky, but at least they also have a virtual tour available for the less privileged.
Once in, it's like being in heaven.
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6.) The Lane Motor Museum In Tennessee
While it's worth a visit for its Tatra collection alone, the Lane Motor Museum also has something that could crush any Tatra, just in case.
So many quirky cars. Tatras, Reliants, microcars, even a CanAm car, a Killer B, and an old Indy Car.
5.) The Mullin Museum in California
This surprisingly new museum is the place to go to study what art deco is. Or rust.
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4.) The Audi Museum in Germany
The history of Audi is a bit like the history of Europe: very colorful and full of surprises. The Audi Museum is a must see.
3.) The Porsche Museum in Germany
A constantly changing display of the fastest cars on the planet. Go there before or after the Audi Museum, it doesn't matter as long as you make it.
2.) The Mercedes Museum in Germany
Mercedes-Benz is pretty much ground zero when it comes to the automobile, so where else to start?
1.) Cité de l'Atomobile in France
A Bugatti pickup, anyone?
The Schlumpf collection, a.k.a. La cité de l'automobile, in Mulhouse, France:
This one of, if not the largest automotive museum in the world: 520 cars from 98 brands! They have the world's largest collection of Bugatti's (123) including not one but three of the 7 Royales ever built, as well as the first Veryon and various racers from the 30's.
They also have a massive collection of racecars: endurance cars from the last 70 years, F1's, rally cars, etc, as well as a collection of "early" cars (1900-1920), and various other beauties.
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