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: http://www.mtcc.mc
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.
1911 Renault AX
Citroen Type C
French vintage car collection
1948 Delahaye 135 MS
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
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.