Monaco. A new museum for the prince’s car collection
The car collection of the princely family of Monaco including Renault Florida, Citroën 2CV, Alpine A110 but also Lamborghini Miura or F1, is now exhibited in a new place with modern decor. This is on the route of the racing circuit and has just opened to the public.
The automobile in Monaco is not just a Grand Prix and a rally. The princely family has in fact accumulated, since the first acquisitions of Prince Rainier III in the 1950s, a collection that today numbers around a hundred vehicles. Exhibited for three decades on the terraces of Fontvieille, it has just moved to new premises located at 54, route de la Piscine, on Port Hercule. An address that appears on the route of the famous F1 circuit. This new museum of more than 3,500 m² has just opened its doors to the public.
Road and racing nuggets
The princely automobile collection of Monaco includes varied but obviously all remarkable vehicles, whether for their rarity, their sportiness, their exclusivity or their history. Prestigious brands that have now disappeared (and some are in the process of being reborn) are represented, such as Facel Vega, Delage, Delahaye or Hispano-Suiza. There is no shortage of classics, whether badged Porsche, Ferrari, Maserati but also Alpine or Mercedes. It is moreover a 300 SL “strawberry red” from 1956, one of the eighteen produced in this color, that the establishment presents as its star.
A large part of the exhibition is devoted to racing cars from the 1990s and 2000s. There are several F1 cars there (including Charles Leclerc*’s first Ferrari), an endurance Audi, a rally-raid Mitsubishi Pajero… There is therefore something for everyone, or almost, with a modernized scenography that relies in particular on images taken from films.
A collection to discover
Inaugurated on July 7 by Prince Albert II and Princess Stéphanie, the new permanent exhibition of the Monegasque automobile collection is open to the public every day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (no entry after 6 p.m.). Allow €10 for a full price adult entry ; €5 for a student or young person aged 7 to 17. Access is free for the little ones. It is possible to reserve your place via an online ticket office.