Franschhoek Motor Museum

It’s true what they say about boys and their toys because Courtney went from being a man to instantly turning into a boy the minute he laid eyes on the vintage cars at the Franschhoek Motor Museum and I was not entirely sure how to handle this.

Franschhoek is one of those towns that you instantly fall in love with because of it’s uniquely charming presence and verdant mountain backdrop that will make you weak in the knees. Courtney and I made a swift visit to this town before but when we drove past the Franschhoek Motor Museum sign, we knew we had to come back and visit.

Franschhoek Motor Museum displays over 200 vintage cars, ranging from a 1898 Beeston motor tricycle to a 2003 Ferrari Enzo supercar. It’s neatly showcased in four buildings with at least 20 vehicles inside. However, you not allowed to touch them, only view them.

The entrance to the museum welcomes you with the smell of the country side and lavish wine farms that Franschhoek is known for. Once we parked in the midst of a scorching hot day, the tranquility of the town speaks volumes. We walked up to the counter where the receptionist took our money, provided us with a receipt and, explained to us how we should view the cars; start from left and work your way clockwise.

The minute we set foot in the first barn, Courtney’s face instantly went into boy mode; it lit up brighter than a Christmas tree. He was in car heaven. The vintage cars were in immaculate condition and even I was blown away by the sheer beauty of these various beasts of machines. Not to mention the amount of cars there were back in the day.

What I loved that the Museum had done was that at each vehicle you pass, they provide background information on the car and where it originated from. This is quite vital for someone like me who is not a car fanatic and can’t even change a tire.

You get quite into it and you can generally spend more than an hour and a half admiring these beauties. This is definitely a date for your partner who will be happy with you till the end of time. Every one took their phones out and tried taking pictures of all angles of a particular car they loved. In all honesty, we got completely lost in this car world because both of us kept walking in circles, not wanting to exist the buildings.

Opening times:

Mon – Fri: 10h00 – 17h00 (last admittance 16h00)
Sat & Sun: 10h00 – 16h00 (last admittance 15h00)
Open most public holidays (phone for confirmation)

Admission prices are
R80 adults
R60 pensioners
R60 motor club members
R40 children

Until the next adventure.