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Retro Auto Moto Museu - Barcelona

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Niall McLoughlin

Hi folks,

Back in October my wife and I went to Barcelona for a holiday. It's a great city with some very impressive architecture, history and culture and would highly recommend a visit. When we went in early October the weather was perfect for us (22-26degs every day). Warm, sunny and very pleasant.

I try and make it my business to fit at least one automobile related visit into any excursion - the wife is VERY understanding. I did a little research and one day we found ourselves at the Arc de Triomf. I knew we weren't far from a small motor museum and so using the wonders of Google Maps and smart phones managed to locate the "Retro Auto Moto Museu".

As you're walking down the little side street there's shops, bustling cafe's and bars to both sides all with typical front windows. Then there it is, a normal shop window, a normal shop frontage, but in the window is a 1903 yellow steam car looking at you! Aha! We've found it! At this point it was about 5pm in the afternoon, but the friendly chap on the desk explained that they were open until 7pm, longer if we required.

We duly paid the €8 entry fee and had a look around. The tiny frontage widened and disappeared into the distance with a row of cars leading down to a area of motorcycles and side cars, then upstairs to another area with further cars, and then again to a further display of motorcycles, monkey bikes and scooters. The whole museum was beautifully laid out so you could walk around nearly all of the exhibits and get as close as you wanted. There were no ropes or cordoned areas and it was filled with transport curios, vehicles and manufacturers I'd never heard of.

Quite a few of the vehicles were from the ex USSR days. A few ZAZs, early Tatras, an IFA, an FSO, cycle cars, early motorbikes and a whole bunch of vehicles from the dawn of motorised transport (including a converted horse carriage, a very early foray that turned into the motor car as we know and love today) including a smattering of vehicles from bygone British manufacturers including singer, Lea-Francis, Swallow etc.

After about 1hr 45 we were done and just as we were leaving I had a chat to the chap on the front desk, saying that I'd never seen such a wide and varied mix of cars and bikes that I'd never heard of before. He laughed and said that everyone said that. He explained that all the vehicles are owned by one chap and it was his private collection. He only bought cars that no one would ever have heard of, he wanted his collection to be an education. He went on to say that you could go to any museum and see a Ferrari or a Rolls Royce, but when was the last time you saw any of these cars?! I must admit… he was right and it made a VERY pleasant evening.

Seasons wishes, Niall

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