“Photoblog: Vintage Car Museum in Ahmedabad”
My rating on accessibility: ★★★★★
With 100% accessibility, the Vintage Car Museum in Ahmedabad is a delight for car lovers and people using wheelchairs. Make sure to check my video of the museum. The obvious reason why this place is accessible is that the cars also need to go in and out when they participate in rallies across the country.
Auto World Museum entrance
Auto World – the vintage car museum is clearly one of the largest collection of historic automobiles in India. It is home to over 106 cars and is set up on the 2,200-acre Dastaan farm, about a half-an-hour drive from Ahmedabad city in Gujarat. Before opening up for the general public, this was a private collection of Pranlal Bhogilal Patel who regarded these cars as works of art. Four generations of his family have contributed to build this collection of cars.
Vintage cars of the world
You will be able to feast your eyes with a variety of cars from brands like Austin Ruby, Bentley, Cadillac, Chrysler, Citroen, Daimler, Ford, Lancia, Lincon, Mercedes-Benz, Minerva, Morse, Rover, Rolls-Royce, Sunbeam and so on. Most of the cars are in working condition. In addition to cars, you can also see a display of old motorcycles and carriages.
Minerva is the oldest car in the museum, a 1906 model from Belgium.
Cadillac, a 1958 model from the USA. Interesting fact about this 14 feet car is that it has automatic gears, powered windows, and air-conditioning.
Ford T, a 1910 model from the USA
These cars are not just old but are also known for being the best of their kind. I also read an interesting fact that Rolls Royce did not build car bodies until after World War II. You bought an engine and chassis from Rolls Royce or Bentley and took your preferences to the coachbuilder of your choice. So every vintage Rolls Royce at this Vintage Car Museum was custom-built and is, therefore, one of a kind. Pranlal Bhogilal Patel also holds a Guinness World Record for being the biggest private collector of Rolls-Royce cars.
Dressed in the Indian tri-color, Azad is a Rolls-Royce Phantom I, a 1926 model from England
Mercedes-Benz, a 1955 model from Germany, was once used by Dr. Rajendra Prasad, the first President of India
Austin Ruby, a 1935 model from England, is from the sports car section has a handle in the front to kick-start the engine
Bed Ford, a 1963 model. A mobile chest clinic aka ambulance
Chrysler (Imperial Airflow), a 1934 model from the USA
Daimler, a 1911 model from England
Lincoln Continental, a 1947 model from the USA
Lancia Dilambda, a 1931 model from Italy
Mercedes Benz, a 1937 model from Germany
Citroen Traction Avant, a 1946 model from France