The end of the year is approaching and if you are like many, a long holiday is being planned to satisfy your wanderlust. If you happen to be around Brussels and you are already sick of eating fries and jostling for a selfie with that little pissing man, the Brussels Autoworld is the answer. For a very reasonable price of EUR11 (S$16.60), it is very much cheaper than buying a box of Godivas.
Located around 20 to 30mins (by tram/bus and walking) within the Parc du Cinquantenaire, the Brussels Autoworld is a well spread out vintage automobile museum that holds a collection of well over 350 vintages and not too recent cars. From the Americans to the Europeans and Japanese, the museum will make your time worth its while. If the infrastructure around hasn’t gotten to you, I am sure the cars in there will.
Located in a great hall built over 130 years ago where at some point of history it was used as a garage by the German Army, the museum houses eras upon eras, and decades upon decades of automobiles that brings visitors through time.
I visited at a time when the museum was celebrating 120 years of Renault
The Renault Étoile Filante in it’s unique streamliner shape was Renault’s one and only attempt as a gas turbine powered car that achieved a land speed record of 307.4km/h in 1956.
Porsche 928 – One amongst a handful of Porsches on display at the museum
Lamborghini Espada V12 is a four seater grand tourer coupe from Sant Agata Bolognese. Rumours had it in the 2000s that the Espada was to be revived. What resulted was the Lamboghini Estoque concept car that never reached the production planning stage.
Porsche 912 Coupe – Very much identical to the Porsche 911, but the 912s were the entry level variant to the 911 with a 1.6-litre flat four instead.
1985 Arrows A8 BMW Formula One race car of the now defunct Arrows Grand Prix International – They did not find much success in their 24 year foray into Formula One.
A personal favourite considering I was close to purchasing a locally registered Porsche 924 Turbo some years ago, the Porsche 924 GT was based on the Porsche 924 Turbo to put themselves into motorsports. Just over 400 were made.
1966 Porsche 906 – A street legal racing car with a 1.9-litre flat six. The price now? If you have to ask… you probably can’t afford it.
Check the museum’s website at https://www.autoworld.be
Don’t forget the Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History across the road with some really historical airplane models.
You can also check this museum’s website out at https://www.klm-mra.be/D7t/ if you have any interest in military hardware.