The Franschhoek Motor Museum post is part of the South America & Africa Points Heist Trip Report.
Franschhoek may be famous for its wine but for car lovers, it is famous for the largest collection of motors in the Southern Hemisphere. I randomly learned about this place when I ordered a bottle of Anthony Ruperti’s delicious blend called Optima at a steakhouse in Cape Town. I told the sommelier that I was visiting Franschhoek, and he said that in addition to going to Rupert’s vineyard to go to his motor museum as well.
The wine guy warned me that visiting was by appointment only. Indeed it is. I emailed to setup an appointment and was told to bring my passport. When I ordered Uber, even the app said ‘by appointment only’. At the gate, the security verified my ID before letting me proceed. Needless to say, security is tight.
The Gates of Heaven
I could hardly contain my excitement as I entered the complex. After paying the modest entry fee, I was told to start at the first garage on the left and make my way through the remaining five. The first garage contains the Model T and the chronology of autos continues from there.
The emblem and the grill are timeless.
Remember when American cars were cool?
I’m not a Ferrari guy but it was impressive to see a row of red. Most notably, the Ferrari Enzo was on display, a torpedo named after Ferrari’s founder. Here’s a video of how this car shouldn’t be driven.
My favorite automaker is Mercedes Benz. It would have been nice if the museum had a curation of SLs or S sedans on display but who can complain about these classics?
A special section is reserved for the most beautiful car in history. You’ll know that TPOL has made it when I have one of these.
One of the best experiences of my trip was going to the museum. Money can’t buy happiness, but it can by fantastic cars.
Make a reservation by following the procedure on their website.
They rotate the cars every few months so I’ll be visiting again.