While many private car collections in the world have been dubbed ‘the largest’, now Australia can lay a tentative claim to that title with the Gosford Classic Car Museum.
Whether you’re a car enthusiast, a car collector or just plain curious, the extent of this car collection is certainly impressive. We take a look at it and a few other private Australian collections that are well worth a visit.
Gosford Classic Car Museum
Situated in a former Bunnings building in West Gosford, the museum houses the private classic car collection of former used car salesman Tony Denny. Denny has connections in Sydney but also a holiday home on the Central Coast, hence why he’s opened a car museum in Gosford.
Touted as the largest Car Museum in the Southern Hemisphere, the collection is worth $70 million and features over 400 rare and sought-after vehicles. Highlights include the Ferrari LaFerrari, one of the most expensive (and fastest) cars ever made, a 1971 Ford XY Falcon GTHO Phase III, and a Mercedes 300SL Gullwing.
Of all the cars in the collection, 95% were bought in Australia, and the rest were purchased in the Soviet and Eastern Europe. Not surprisingly, many cars have a story or two to be told and contribute to the fascination surrounding the museum.
If the rave reviews are anything to go by, then you won’t be disappointed. Oh, and apparently the food from the onsite pop-up stalls is delicious!
For more classic car museums around Sydney, see here.
Fox Classic Car Collection
Melbourne has its own classic car mogul, Lindsay Fox, whose Fox Classic Car Collection is a highlight for many motor enthusiasts visiting the city. The museum is situated in the Queen’s Warehouse in the Docklands precinct.
Founder of trucking and logistics company Linfox, and one of Australia’s 50 Richest people, Fox’s collection spans 30 years and features over 50 rare and vintage vehicles in prime condition. From Ferraris and Bentleys to Jaguars and Porsches, and cars owned by Ringo Starr and Bing Crosby, there is something to please everyone.
Restoration processes are undertaken by the museum’s workshop, and these can be learnt about on the Fox Collection Tours for groups of 24-45 people.
Lost in the 50s
Although it only opens once every month throughout the year, the Lost in the 50s Car Museum in Newcastle is a treat for classic car fans and anyone who goes gaga for American memorabilia.
The museum is considered to have the largest display of Americana outside of the States. Included amongst this are lots of gleaming examples of Corvettes, hot rods and muscle cars.
An old converted brewery houses the museum which is divided up into different areas such as the 50s Hall of Fame, Hot Rod Hall, The Great Hall and an American style diner. Highlights include a 1966 Batmobile and a Delorean.
Check the website for more details about the viewing days for upcoming months.
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