I’m no petrol-head but you don’t have to be a car enthusiast to appreciate the Franschhoek Motor Museum. Owned by the Rupert family and housed at one of their wine estates in Franschhoek, this collection is impressive and probably the best in South Africa if you want to see the evolution of the motor car.
The full collection consists of over 220 vehicles but only about 80 are displayed at one time so you’re guaranteed something new if you visit regularly. We often take clients there so I’m lucky to have seen quite a large portion of the collection. There are four halls, three of which are to be viewed in chronological order as they take you through various motoring periods, and the fourth hall is dedicated to performance cars, old and new.
The Franschhoek Motor Museum is on the R45 on the l’Ormarins Estate. Visits are by advance booking only; no exception will be made. I once needed a last-minute booking, so I phoned in the morning, they do accept that. Security is tight so you need to show some identity document, one per vehicle will do.
Staff are friendly and knowledgeable, and free guided tours of the halls are offered. Have a look at their website for opening times and prices. The site also lists all cars currently on display as well as a list of the entire collection. We can easily include a visit to the Franschhoek Motor Museum on our winelands tour but please request this in advance.
In the meantime, feast your eyes on a very small selection of the beauties to be seen at the museum.
Do you know the different terms to denote the age of a vehicle?
Antique means built before 31 December 1904
Veteran means built between 1 January 1905 and 31 December 1918
Vintage is a vehicle built between 1 January 1919 and 31 December 1930
Post-vintage is a vehicle built between 1 January 1931 and 31 December 1945