Malta Classic Car Collection
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Given the age and vintage nature of many of the cars still regularly used on Malta, the thought of paying to see a Classic Car Collection is one that usually prompts a wry smile. Prior to joining the EU, and imported cars becoming much cheaper, the entire island could have been considered a classic car collection!
Couple all those with the fleet of half century old buses that served as public transport until quite recently and you can see that not too long ago vintage vehicles were all over the show in this place. Visitors to the island could often be seen fondly stroking or taking pictures of makes and models they once owned in the dim and distant past.
Some of these relics can still be found chugging around and polluting the atmosphere but they’re not as common as they once were. But the fact that people are interested enough to take pictures illustrates that the demand is there for a museum of this type … and that’s how it survives. Well, that and supplying old vehicles for films and TV programmes.
If you’re not content with blundering around the island on the off chance that you might chance upon one or two old cars then this is the place for you.
The museum is located in the luxurious Vela Vista Complex in the town of Qawra. It was the island’s first, and remains its only, public automobile museum.
The Classic Car Collection was the brainchild of obsessive petrol-head Carol Galea, an avid and self-confessed car enthusiast. He first began customising and building his own cars for local hill climbing races but his hobby evolved into a full-blown passion for classic cars.
This is his personal tribute to the automobile industry – or as he puts it – it’s a ‘living and growing collection that spans more than 50 years of motor manufacturing’.
The museum’s mission statement identifies its aim as being ‘to educate and entertain visitors whilst trying to create awareness for the preservation of classic cars’.
Carol displays many famous manufacturers in his collection including: Alfa Romeo, Austin, Jaguar, Fiat, Ford, MG, Mini, Sunbeam, Triumph, BMW and Ferrari. In a shock move the Classic ‘Car’ Collection also includes a number of motorbikes and scooters, with examples from BSA, Lambretta and Vespa on show – all in showroom condition.
If you want to visit the Classic Car Collection then it is open between 9am and 6pm Monday to Friday and from 9am to 1pm on Saturdays. Standard adult admission is €7 and it’s €4.50 for children. You’ll find a café on-site for any snacks and drinks to keep up your energy levels.
To get to Qawra head to the north of the island. You’ll find it close to Bugibbaso and it is easily reached by simply driving up the north coast from Valletta, Sliema or Mellieha. There are direct bus routes to Qawra too from Valletta and Sliema.
Address: Klamari Street, Qawra
Phone: +356 2157 8885
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