Having visited Malaga’s Colleción del Museo Rusa, or Russian Museum Collection, we didn’t intend visiting the adjacent car museum, Museo Automovilistico y de la Moda, as we don’t drive and have little interest in cars . . . or so I thought.
Outside was a colourful sculpture, made from wheel inners which had me instantly reaching for my camera.
At the entrance, was an eye-catching car painted in flame colours, a silver table and chairs with wheels as the backs, and through the glass we could see a car covered in headlights which looked like pearls. Along with a huge model of a jaguar (not the car but the emblem), we decided it looked funky and interesting.
Inside the converted tobacco factory, a beautiful building in itself, the ground floor display had an amazing collection of cars from 1910 to modern times. They were beautifully renovated and having seen an unrestored Morris Minor from the war years, we could see the amount of effort that had gone into bringing them back to their former glory.
There were all the instantly recognisable names: Porsche, Jaguar, Ford, Bentley, Rolls Royce etc. Some of the most magnificent were the big American cars in all manner of colour and one, an impala was incredibly long.
Each had a brief description which didn’t take itself seriously. Favourites were a gem encrusted car, said to have been used by Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Jackson and a wooden panelled American car used on safari in Africa, with a lion’s head on the back seat. Cars were opulent with many old models had telephones in the back to speak to the driver and drinks cabinets.
Alongside the 90+ cars, were 300 items of haute couture and also individual displays of hats, gowns and daywear, from a range of well-known designers like Chanel, Dior, Givenchy and Alexander McQueen.
This was not just any dry old car museum this was aimed at both men and women. Music was lively and it was so much fun it was worth the slightly expensive entrance fee of €16.50 (with one reduction for an over 65).