How awesome was your collection of toy cars when you were growing up? Take yourself back for a minute to remember a couple of your favorites. I can still picture the chips of paint and scratches on my favorites, my yellow Ipec truck, a white Baja Hilux 4×4 with some amazing 80’s decals and a little green triumph TR7. When my cars weren’t scattered across the house and yard they lived in a small, tattered blue suitcase that belonged to my father when he was the around the same age, I’ve still got it in a cupboard. It’s waiting for my boy to get a little older before I hand it all down. A boys car collection is a special thing.
So what if I told you you could relive the amazingness of that collection as fully grown adult with full size cars? Yep, A place that magical really does exist and it opened it’s doors to the public over the weekend.
One of the world’s largest collections of rare and desirable cars is now on display at the Gosford Classic Car Museum. It’s doors opened to the public for the very first time on Saturday. The collection waiting inside is world class and confirmed to be of the five largest single collections of desirable vehicles on the planet.
What used to be a Bunnings warehouse has been transformed into the ultimate man cave. Jam packed with the best of the best from every era of motoring and from all corners of the globe. Over 450 cars and bikes are currently on display. The collection is estimated to cost a whopping around $70 million(Au)!
Leading the charge is the most impressive line up of Ferrari’s you’ve never seen before! Including the super exclusive La Ferrari. One of only 499 made and only offered to Ferrari V.I.P’S. Outside of an actual Ferrari event, this is one car I never thought I’d get up close and personal with. Also in the Prancing Stables is an Enzo, F50 and possibly my all time favorite car, the F40. Of course these are just the stand outs. There’s a whole other wall set up as a stable for the more ‘regular’ Ferrari’s.
In fact there’s a section for just about any thing you’ve ever dreamt about seeing. Lamboghinis to Lancias. Mercedes to Maseratis. Holdens and Hummers. You name it, it’s here. If it isn’t here and it’s desirable, check back in a few months. The plan is that all cars in the museum are up for sale, sold cars will fund new acquisitions so that the cars on display keep moving and changing.
The museum is located in West Gosford, about an hours drive north of Sydney on the motorways. Or if you love driving as much as appreciating fine vehicles you can make a whole day adventure of it and choose to drive up the Old Pacific Highway instead. The Old Pac has some beautiful scenery and some good old fashioned twisty roads. Expect to add another half hour to the trip if you head up this way, which is the way I’d recommend traveling up if you’re short on time.
Some of the history behind the cars is equally as impressive as the vehicles themselves. This Lamborghini Muira was owned by the 60’s British Supermodel/Actress Twiggy. It appeared in numerous photo shoots and was Twiggy’s favorite car for over 30 years. Seeing it up close in person it’s easy to see why she was so smitten. It might not be as fast and lacks the drivability of a new Huracan but it doesn’t need to be. It’s got such an incredible presence. A trait I’m sure was shared with it’s previous owner.
To find the 450 cars on display, some 5000 cars have been inspected across the country, and even overseas in some instances. The collection isn’t all about Ferrari’s and Lamborghini’s though, the museum houses a massive collection of Australiana. Both Holden and Ford lovers will be impressed, but from looking at the collection, it’s pretty clear that museum owner Tony Denny is an avid Holden fan, so Holden fans may have a few more reasons to be impressed.
There’s a lot of everything on display, something to suit everyone. Raw Muscle, Refined British touring and some super random finds. Including this DeHaviland Rapide Gypsy racer, fitted with a WWII Fighter plane engine! This was one of my favorite finds in the museum!
There’s a number of these super random, super awesome finds scattered across the floor. I’d hate to over share and ruin some of the suprises. Best way to find out more… Free up a Saturday or Sunday and experience it all first hand.
You can find out more about the museum HERE on their website.
Here’s a quick gallery of some other highlights: