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Brussels Autoworld

There’s more to Brussels than Manneken Pis or the Grand Place.

Date Published: 29 Oct 2019
Brussels Autoworld

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.

Brussels Autoworld – From Alfa-Romeo to Zagato

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.

Brussels Autoworld – From Alfa-Romeo to Zagato

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.

Brussels Autoworld – From Alfa-Romeo to Zagato

A 1927 Bugatti Type 44 3-litre V8 .

Brussels Autoworld – From Alfa-Romeo to Zagato

1928 Bentley 4 ½ litre. One of the other 719 cars made won the 24 Heures du Mans in 1928.

Brussels Autoworld – From Alfa-Romeo to Zagato

Hot hatches cannot get much hotter with the Renault 5 Turbo 2.

Brussels Autoworld – From Alfa-Romeo to Zagato

Rolls Royce Phantom I from 1926, now in its eighth iteration.

Brussels Autoworld – From Alfa-Romeo to Zagato

Something more obscure from a maker that went defunct 65 years ago. – The Delahaye Type 32.

Brussels Autoworld – From Alfa-Romeo to Zagato

A 1967 Alpine A211 V8 – The iconic Alpine Blue lives on to this day with the Alpine A110 that is sold in Singapore.

Brussels Autoworld – From Alfa-Romeo to Zagato

Brussels Autoworld – From Alfa-Romeo to Zagato

I visited at a time when the museum was celebrating 120 years of Renault

Brussels Autoworld – From Alfa-Romeo to Zagato

Brussels Autoworld – From Alfa-Romeo to Zagato

Putting on the pounds and power many decades later with the Renault Megane RS Trophy-R.

Brussels Autoworld – From Alfa-Romeo to Zagato

Renault Megane Sport 230 F1 R26.R, 123kg lighter than the standard R26 and only one of 450 made.

Brussels Autoworld – From Alfa-Romeo to Zagato

The Renault R28 Formula One Show Car from the 2008 racing season.

Brussels Autoworld – From Alfa-Romeo to Zagato

Renault Sport Spider from 1998 with a five-speed manual and a 2-litre 148 hp natural aspirated engine.

Brussels Autoworld – From Alfa-Romeo to Zagato

1985 Renault 5 Turbo WRC Car driven by Jean Ragnotti.

Brussels Autoworld – From Alfa-Romeo to Zagato

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.

Brussels Autoworld – From Alfa-Romeo to Zagato

2013 Audi R8 Type 42 V8 – Jacky Ickx once called it “the best handling road car”, you can also call this the Lamborghini Gallardo’s first cousin.

Brussels Autoworld – From Alfa-Romeo to Zagato

2017 Lexus LC500 Sport+ - 5.0-litre V8 2UR-GSE with 471hp – We actually drove one in January 2018 (check out the link here.)

Brussels Autoworld – From Alfa-Romeo to Zagato

Porsche 928 – One amongst a handful of Porsches on display at the museum

Brussels Autoworld – From Alfa-Romeo to Zagato

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.

Brussels Autoworld – From Alfa-Romeo to Zagato

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.

Brussels Autoworld – From Alfa-Romeo to Zagato

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.

Brussels Autoworld – From Alfa-Romeo to Zagato

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.

Brussels Autoworld – From Alfa-Romeo to Zagato

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.

Brussels Autoworld – From Alfa-Romeo to Zagato

I was beginning to worry that the there was no representation from Maranello, till this Ferrari Testarossa appeared.

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.

Brussels Autoworld – From Alfa-Romeo to Zagato

McDonnell Douglas RF-4C.

Brussels Autoworld – From Alfa-Romeo to Zagato

Douglas C-47 Skytrain – A subset of the Douglas DC-3 Dakota.

Brussels Autoworld – From Alfa-Romeo to Zagato

Something lesser seen around – The Russian Mil Mi-24 Hind attack helicopter.

Brussels Autoworld – From Alfa-Romeo to Zagato

Other than aircraft, the museum has an assortment of other weapons, including tanks such as the Leopard 1 main battle tank.

You can also check this museum’s website out at https://www.klm-mra.be/D7t/ if you have any interest in military hardware.

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