Western Cape Tourist AttractionsThe Franschhoek Motor Museum
If you are even vaguely into cars, then the Franschhoek Motor Museum is worth a visit. Over 400 vehicles that range from the Beeston Motro Tricycle (1898) to the 2003 Ferrari model, there is something to make everyone drool, even if you're not an ardent fan of the automobile.
Where? L'Ormarins Wine Estate, Franschhoek, Cape Winelands, Western Cape
When? Telephone +27 (0)21 874-9000
Museum it might be, but forget the idea of dusty exhibits behind glass cases. Situated just outside the beautiful wine route village of Franschhoek, the museum is housed in a very long Cape Dutch style warehouse at the foot of the Groot Drakenstein Mountains, just off the R45, and on the grounds of the L'Ormarins wine farm of Johann Rupert, heir to one of the largest fortunes in the country.
The cars remain in mint condition. Henry Ford's classic model T stands in pillar box red, reminiscent of the daring drive by Toad of Toad Hall in Wind in the Willows, and said to be easy to drive despite all the obvious mechanics.
There are the obvious favourites: the 1940 Packard 120 convertible, the little Wolseley year 1960, still sometimes in evidence on our own roads, an Austin-Healey from 1956, old model Mercs, an Alfa Romeo spider, a typical Chev from 1976, Volksies, Studebakers, Porches, Jaguars, MGs and Aston Martins lie alongside Humbers, Ferraris and Hupmobiles – it's a sight for sore eyes.
To keep them in mint condition the cars are all regularly started up and driven. That means cars worth literally thousands of dollars regularly take to the roads around Franschhoek, placing them in more than a little danger of joining the millions of 'right off' results of car accidents, but since this doesn't happen too often, you can rest assured that most of the cars will be there for a follow-up visit.