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Located on the lavish L'Ormarins Wine Estate in the Drakenstein Valley outside Franschhoek, the Franschhoek Motor Museum is a labour of love for the Rupert dynasty.
The museum houses over 200 classic cars of which 80 are on show at any one time, and were collected over many years by Johann Rupert, South Africa’s wealthiest individual. Each vehicle is in pristine condition and it’s difficult to imagine that some are over a century old, the oldest being an 1898 Beeston motorised tricycle. Big names in the motor industry, and all with a long history of pedigree such as Porsche, Alfa Romeo and Mercedes, are represented amongst the museum collection.
Rupert’s love for cars has taken him on a quest to own the best models and the public are fortunate to be able to get an intimate look at his collection. There are 4 warehouses to tour, each containing 20 vehicles. The vehicles are rotated frequently to ensure that a repeat visit remains fresh and interesting.
The vehicles on display are regularly driven by the Rupert family to keep them in tiptop condition and in 2008, one of the sons crashed a Ferrari F50, a highly sought-after collector’s car and valued at a few million Dollars. Fortunately it survived the crash, as only 349 were ever manufactured by Ferrari.
The Franschhoek Motor Museum has earned the TripAdvisor certificate of excellence award and for visitors it’s a very different way of whiling away a part of the day. The museum setting is under the shade of a fabulous mountain range and surrounded by landscaped gardens. And there is the wine farm up the road to enjoy a spectacular meal accompanied by a well-rounded bottle of wine.