Auto World Vintage car museum is for those who love wheels. We literary drooled over the collection of Classic and Vintage cars done by Bhogilal Patel and his generation. The year 2020 has been harsh at one point. It showed us the massive disaster by affecting the major population. Covid affected our lifestyles too and thus came in new normal. Instead of travelling abroad, people prefer visiting nearby places that are well protected and safe. I have made a little bit of contribution by showcasing one of India’s best vintage car museum. Let’s bid adieu to the year 2020 with a heavy heart. Though it showed us the worse part of we could have even seen, it altogether showed us that we can cope up with any harsh situation. It also helped to explore the places in our nearby location that we would have been able to otherwise. to push local travel and explore nearby places. Auto World Vintage car museum is one of those.
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History of the museum and owners
Bhogilal Patel is one of the biggest vintage car collectors ever known. The museum is kept open for the visitors who simply love wheels. Apart from just cars, it also houses motorcycles and carts. It is a striking collection of rare vehicles. One would just go rock silent looking at the size and make of the car. We were dumbstruck at each car we passed by. Mammoth sized car accommodation even seven-seater collection is profoundly unique. Not to forget that his massive interest helped him to acquire a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for the same. Car enthusiasts would just be enchanted and thrilled at the collection of cars from various countries.
The auto world is a part of one of the most important collections of Antique Vehicles – Cars, Motorcycles. Utility Vehicles, Buggies, etc. Built by one family over the last century. It represents several greatest marques of cars from over the globe irrespective of types and age. It showcases that time of history when an automobile was not mere means of transport but a symbol of wealth, style and power. The mighty ceremonial limousines, the romantic convertibles and the snappy sports cars- cars especially coach-built like Railway Salons, Horse Drawn Carriages, Boat-tailed Wooden speedsters, shooting brakes- Cars built for Rich and Famous, car to see and be seen in. You can witness the triumph of human combining the best of science and technology with sublime art and aesthetics, all at auto World. Facilities at Auto world include Fun Drives in Vintage Cars too.
What are Vintage and Classic cars?
In India all cars manufactured before 1940 I.E., the Second World War are classified as Vintage Cars. All cars manufactured between 1940 and 1970 are considered Classic
Cars. Generally, a car older than 30 years is considered collectable and therefore called Classic.
How did the collection start?
These cars were either purchased from the mill owners or the kings who used them. This museum is maintained by the Vintage and Classic Car Club of India is a possession to India. I was literary mesmerized by the typical shooting brake by Barker and that was one of the best collection of Rolls Royce. One important thing that I noticed that some unique names were given to cars such as Azad, Chamunda, Chetak, Pushpak and many more. This museum has a unique collection of Rolls Royce that included 1923 Silver Ghost, 1927 Phantom I, 1936 Phantom III, 1937 Phantom III, 1949 Rolls- Royce to name a few.
One thing I noticed about 1923 Silver Ghost with its Victoria State Landau had gas lamps on its side and it seems to be enthralling. Another car that grabbed my attention was the odd colour combination Chrysler Imperial Airflow. It has a unique collection of Daimler and Bentley. Also, folks can notice Buick make cars, who happens to be one of the renowned American automobile manufacturers. Not only English and Americans, but it also accommodates French make Hotchkiss Cars manufactured by the French company Hotchkiss. Convertible cars with ducktail body, rakish rolls Royce, a two-seater that can be converted to four-seater, silver-grey Sedanca de Ville, a pair of classic Bentleys. One odd and mesmerizing thing to notice was that every vintage car was custom built and thus, it is one of a kind. These cars were for privileged and it shined from every aspect you looked at those beauties.
When was the museum started?
This place is one of the biggest collections of personal cars, bikes, carts, carriages and buggies. This auto museum was started in 1927 in Dastan that happens to be his private estate. His residence is just beside the museum. Museum houses stately limousine to classic Rolls- Royce, Lincolns, etc. Convertible cars that had cloth on top to cars that had impeccable brakes were noticed. Also, the symbol of the cars just took my breath away. All cars are well maintained and up to mark. This is a house full of priceless antiques. Well known as Vintage car Aficionado died in 2011, leaving his massive collection for the world to see. He was titled ‘The last Maharajah’.
The museum is open from 9 am to 9 pm throughout the week.
Auto World Vintage Car Museum Ahmedabad Address: Dastan Estate, Sardar Patel Ring Road, Kathwada, New India Colony, Nikol, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, 382430, India
Charges for an adult is INR 100 and for kids, it is INR 50. However, if you want to photograph the cars, it would charge INR 100 for one camera or phone to be used for photographing the beauties.
The vintage car museum is one of a kind and there is much more detailed to the aspect of cars and automobiles. Bhogilal was a person who lived a Maharajah styled life and he and his family members never travelled in the same car or aeroplane. Apart from cars, he was an art digger and he had a massive collection of art at his residence. The following passion and making it noticeable and worthwhile is what can be learnt from this man. The place also houses cafeteria and adventures for kids. Also, you can ride one of the vintages for some extra cost. Let’s #exploreamdabad and enjoy our place instead of visiting other countries at risk of life.