Saturday, August 5, 2017

DesTination: Musée de l'Auto Ancienne de Richmond Part Deux

Don't let the lacklustre exterior fool you - it's a treasure trove inside!
My last visit to the Musée de l'Auto Ancienne de Richmond was back in July 2014 with father in law who was visiting from the Republic of Ireland. I always knew I would return someday once our two boys shifted their interest towards cars. I credit the Dukes of Hazzard more than my own mechanical abilities and or passion for cars; although, to be fair, I grew up lusting over many a classic car as well when they were still reasonably affordable and deals could be had. Thus, I seized the opportunity to nurture their interests by taking them this past July for a visit and also because I was curious to see if the museum had changed its displays since my last visit. There is something magical about these old cars and often I can't help but wonder what will become of these relics when humanity manages to kick its addiction to fossil fuels.

 1910 Buick Runabout

 1923 Chevrolet Roadster Series B

1958 Ford Fairlane Sunliner

1955 Chevrolet Bel-Air

1958 Ford Edsel Ranger

1937 Citroen 11 BL

1935 Oldsmobile Sedan Touring

1929 Marmon Rosevelt

1967 Lambretta Lambro 550N

1947 Buick Super Eight

1957 Ford Fairlane Skyliner

1958 Chevrolet Impala

1937 LaSalle Rumble Seat

1929 Buick Master 27

1955 Ford Thunderbird

1954 Corvette

 1960 Chevrolet Impala

1928 Ford Touring

1957 Oldsmobile Rocket 88

Jennifer's Dream Vehicle - A 1920 Ford Pick Up
(My Kind of Woman! 😎)

1970 Dodge Charger 500

1926 Buick Touring

1926 Packard Sedan 221

1917 American LaFrance Pompe 400 GMP

1916 McLaughlin D44 Roadster

1931 Buick Series 57

1960 Cadillac Series 62

1956 Oldsmobile Holiday 88

1961 MG - MGA 160

1964 Chevrolet Impala

1958 Cadillac Sedan

1929 Ford Model A Rumble Seat

Their toy cars aren't for sale and happens to be more diverse than their collection!

Not part of the museum but this old girl is looking for a new home!
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Whilst the museum itself seems to have fallen in a bit of disrepair since my last visit in 2014, it is still worth the admission price of 10$ Canadian (per person). However, make sure to bring cash as they don't accept interac or credit cards. Arguably the museum could diversify their lineup more but alas, I have the distinct impression that the two son's who own the museum are the last of their family who will maintain the museum before it inevitably has its collection sold off one by one by their future kin. Though my oldest son in particular was just enamoured with the vehicles, so too was my daughter and my beautiful wife. There are also several antique shops next door (one of which is owned by the same family who own the museum) and some lovely parks to picnic at. Thus, it's a great way to spend a couple of hours if you're looking for a family oriented adventure or even if you're just passing through on a solo ride towards no particular destination.

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