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Museum in Franschhoek showcases world's rarest vehicles

Reporter: Julie Scheier 丨 CCTV.com

08-26-2016 00:24 BJT

The Franschhoek Motor Museum is diplaying some of the most exquisite vehicles ever made. And not just the vintage cars and classics.

Its at the scenic and historic town of Franschhoek - Known for its quality wines and fine cuisine - where you can find one of the world's most exclusive and valued private automobile collections.

Museum in Franschhoek showcases world

Museum in Franschhoek showcases world's rarest vehicles

"We differ from other museums, some only display classic cars and some only vintage cars. We have a bit of everything," said Cheslynne Ruiters, Franschhoek Motor Museum.

The museum's collection exceeds 220 vehicles - ranging from a 1898 Beeston motor tricycle to a 2003 Ferrari Enzo supercar - On display is the first ever Ford Model A imported into South Africa in 1904.

And the most sought after Bugatti's in the world… This Bugatti 35B 1928 model raced in nine Italian Grand Prix's and in the first ever Monaco Grand Prix. Unrestored and in its original state - - this Bugatti is one of only twelve in existence.

"The collection was started by Dr. Anton Rupert in 1975 and when they decided to close that museum in 2003, Johan Rupert heard about that and relocated the museum here," Ruiters said.

"He bought only 80 cars from that collection, that is why we made space for only 80 cars

Museum in Franschhoek showcases world

Museum in Franschhoek showcases world's rarest vehicles

Looking back over 100 years, visitors are treated to a wide spectrum of automobile history. There are all manner of notable, exotic, and even bizarre vehicles spanning the antique, veteran, vintage and post-vintage periods.

There is a 1936 Mercedes Benz 540 K Cabriolet C which was a wedding gift from Hitler to Egypt's King Farouk in 1938. It was kept in storage from 1952 to 1996.

A 1969 Ford Shelby Mustang GT 500 Fastback is in exhibition, which is claimed to be the only factory right hand drive Mustang ever built.

The museum is a car heaven for automobile enthusiasts. And its a hidden gem amongst the world's flashier car exhibitions. And it can all be seen, right here on the African continent.

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