Monaco Top Cars Collection

An impressive collection of unique cars.

Älgbert Elgson

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The Prince’s exquisite private collection is located in Monaco in the Fontvieille district. Fortunately for all car enthusiasts, the prince is so friendly and grants anyone interested access to his personal garage, which is home to over a hundred vehicles from various manufacturers and eras.

The trail of history

The car lover Prince Rainier III. (1923-2005) started collecting vehicles in the late 1950s. Over a period of more than 40 years of collecting passion, the number of his vehicles grew considerably. So the garage of the Prince’s Palace became too small and Prince Rainier decided in 1993 to share his treasures with the public. His son and successor as Prince of Monaco Albert II also continues to work on expanding the considerable collection.

  • Collection de Voitures Anciennes de S.A.S. | Ende der 1950er Jahre begann der Autoenthusiast Prinz Rainier III mit dem Sammeln alter Autos. Seine Sammlung wuchs im Laufe der Jahre allmählich, als er immer mehr Modelle erwarb, und die Garage im Fürstenpalast von Monaco wurde bald zu klein, um diese Sammlung von rund hundert atemberaubenden, stromlinienförmigen und sportlichen Autos aufzunehmen. Die Sammlung reicht von den Anfängen der motorisierten Fortbewegung bis zu aktuellen Formel-1-Bolliden. - In the late 1950s, auto enthusiast Prince Rainier III began collecting old cars. His collection gradually grew over the years as he acquired more and more models, and the garage in the Prince's Palace of Monaco soon became too small to hold this collection of around a hundred stunning, streamlined and sporty cars. The collection ranges from the beginnings of motorized locomotion to current Formula 1 cars.
  • Collection de Voitures Anciennes de S.A.S. | Renault Floride
  • Collection de Voitures Anciennes de S.A.S. | Renault Floride & Fiat 600 Jolly from Princess Grace
  • Collection de Voitures Anciennes de S.A.S. | verschiedene Blumenvasen für den Innenraum des Autos - various flower vases for the interior of the car
  • Collection de Voitures Anciennes de S.A.S. | Ford Escort RS Cosworth, Ford RS200 Group B, Lancia Delta Integrale, Lancia 037
 

The exhibition extends over 5000 m² and shows over a century of automotive history. The variety of exhibits ranges from the first state cars of the small principality to the current Formula 1 cars. These are real rarities, such as a Helica automobile from 1921. The special thing about this vehicle is the type of propulsion, because like an airplane, a propeller ensures that it moves forward. Real racing vehicles that were used in the Monte Carlo Rally are also represented in these halls.

Useful information

The ticket for adults costs 8 € and for children 4 € – cheaper prices are also possible in the combination ticket. For the exact opening times and ticket prices, please see the museum’s official website.

You will find other attractions right next to the Prince’s vehicle collection. In addition to the Prince’s Palace, the Monaco Zoo, the Maritime Museum, the Postage Stamp and Coin Museum are in the immediate vicinity. But there is also a shopping center there to satisfy the small hunger and thirst cheaply. A little tip: watch out for the change you get there – one or the other Monegasque euro coin could be included.

  • Collection de Voitures Anciennes de S.A.S. | Lotus E21 F1
  • Collection de Voitures Anciennes de S.A.S. | Red Bull F1
  • Collection de Voitures Anciennes de S.A.S. | Ayrton Senna
  • Collection de Voitures Anciennes de S.A.S. | Monte Carlo Automobile ALA 50
  • Collection de Voitures Anciennes de S.A.S. | Lexus LS 600h L Landaulet - Spezialanfertigung für die Hochzeit von Fürst Albert II und Fürstin Charlene im Jahr 2011 - Custom-made for the wedding of Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene in 2011
 

How to get there?

The easiest way to get here is either by car or by train. The museum is located in the Fontvieille district, in the immediate vicinity of the „Parking de Fontvieille“ car park at Stade Louis II. But the Monaco bus lines also stop right at the entrance. Those who prefer to travel by train only need about 5-10 minutes to get here from the train station.

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Conclusion:

Motorsport belongs to Monaco, just like Monaco belongs to motorsport. It is therefore not surprising that the collection includes a large number of old racing cars that are exhibited with pictures of their active time. These allow the visitor to dive deeper into the action, as they stimulate the imagination and you almost believe you can hear the engine noises. But even the civil vehicles are often accompanied with pictures from bygone times and so it is reminded that these are not only silent exhibits, but were really driven once – and will be. The museum is set up like a garage and each exhibit could be picked up by the prince at any time and used for a jaunt on the Côte d’Azur. What we would describe as unsatisfactory are the numerous signs in the museum, because anyone who does not speak French will probably have problems with understanding many of them, even if some are described in English. There is still some catching up to do in terms of the increasing number of international guests.

Monaco | Port Hercule

Côte d’Azur – Where the rich and beautiful live!

On this journey we hiked on unknown paths. Usually we are always drawn to the north. We should have taken the wrong turn somewhere, because we ended up in the south – more precisely in the south of France!
On our trip we immersed ourselves in the world of fragrances, hiked in the mountains of Andorra, visited the palace of Prince Albert II in Monaco, discovered the cities along the Côte d’Azur and tasted the culinary highlights of France. But let’s start at the beginning: Here comes our travel report from our adventure in the south of France.

Weihnachten in Schönbrunn | Christmas in Schönbrunn

Schönbrunn Christmas market

The Christmas market in front of Schönbrunn Palace has been in existence for more than 25 years. So it was more than just time for us to visit it. Traditional but also surprising moments awaited us at the largest Christmas market in Vienna.
Here you can learn more about what we have experienced here.

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