Friday, May 29, 2020

Car Collection of HSH Prince of Monaco

The Principality of Monaco occupies a small rocky cove on the southern coast of France, very close to the border with Italy. It's ruled by the Grimaldi family and is basically a tax haven. Synonymous with luxury, it's a playground for the rich and famous and, despite its small size, it a popular tourist destination.

Prince Rannier III was a keen motoring enthusiast and maintained a collection of the family's personal vehicles and vehicles he had collected. This collection is on public display at Les Terrasses de Fontvieille MC 98000 MONACO and is open seven days a week, except over Christmas. For more information about the museum, check their website here:

Monaco is, of course, the home of the Monaco Grand Prix, a race that has been running through Monte Carlo's steep and tightly winding streets since 1929.

1959 Renault Floride that was owned by Princess Grace of Monaco

Family car - Singer

Family car - 1958 Peugeot 203

Family car - Citroen DS

Family cars - Citroen Traction Avant and General Motors Jeep

Citroen Traction Avant

1943 Weasel that was used in the French Polar Expedition


Family car - Renault 750 4CV

Family car - Citroen 2CV

1927 Rolls-Royce Type 20

Bedellia cycle car

The tandem seating Bedellia's were popular in racing.

The Rolls Royce collection.

Pioneering vehicles - 1905 De Dion Bouton

Rumper motorcycle. Rumpler were a German company that built a small number of cars and motorcycles as well as aircraft. Their most famous vehicle was the 1928 streamlined Tropfenwagen.

1901 Panhard and Levassor. P and L pioneered front engine placement and rear wheel drive.

Rochet Schneider

1911 Renault AX

1912 Napier

Bellanger Tevres

Citroen Type C

Renault Torpedo

French vintage car collection

1948 Delahaye 135 MS

1948 Delahaye

1927 Rosengart

1938 Simca, which was a French built version of a Fiat. In Germany, they were sold as NSU-Fiat.

NSU Sports Prinz

1960 BMW Isetta

Mercedes-Benz saloons

Austin taxi. The open passenger compartment was used for luggage.

Family car - Nash

Overview of the collection.

Monaco's Grand Casino.

The Prince's Car Museum is well worth a visit. There is an interesting mix of vehicles, pleasantly arranged. It's an easy half hour to appreciate the collection.

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