Housed in a former textile works, The Veterans Car Museum brings to the Czech Republic one of the finest collections of vintage American automobiles this side of the Atlantic. On display are gorgeous American classics sure to spark visions of cruising down main street, top down, to the sounds of The Rolling Stones or The Beach Boys. The Veterans Car Museum gives visitors the rare opportunity to get up close and personal with the kings of the American auto industry.
The museum itself has been open to the public since 2015, and from the beginning has drawn enthusiastic auto buffs from around the world to see its impressive collection. “Our visitors want to be a part of the car culture,” says owner Pavel Janouš. “They want to be back in that era, they want to listen to old music and have a bit of a show. I want our guests to have a full experience, because after one visit we hope they will come again and again.”
Drawn from Janouš’ personal collection of roughly 120 American automobiles, the museum showcases 50 pieces in their showrooms, with the rest either being housed offsite or in the process of restoration. There are a number of gems in the collection with standouts including a Ford T Speedster 1912, two Chrysler Imperials (a 63’ model, and 64’ convertible), and what Janouš calls a true survivor, a 1949 Lincoln Cosmopolitan in original condition. Plus, who doesn’t want to witness the bizarre majesty of a DeLorean DMC 12 Turbo? Unfortunately this one does not have a flux capacitor.
But, why classic American cars? “The cars from the USA scene are a highly interesting contrast to European cars,” says Janouš. “I believe that the evolution of design in the USA was much more diverse than in Europe. American auto companies tried to gain customers with powerful engines, comfortable interiors, and beautiful bodywork. In Europe they were designed to be more efficient, basically for traveling from point A to B.” With ten years of actively collecting, Janouš says he now focuses on cars with an interesting history and has even amassed the largest collection of USA prewar cars from makers such as Studebaker, Dodge, Buick, and Nash.
For anyone who appreciates the beauty and style of classic American cars, the Veterans Car Museum is by far and away your best chance to step back in time and experience another era.
CitySpy gives you a chance to win free tickets. The question is simple: What is the total value of all the cars at this year’s Legendy 2019?
Let the summer of motoring begin!
For more information, directions, and prices visit:
The museum is now open weekends from 10 – 17h, and daily from June 1
Don’t forget to check out our visit to the Veterans Car Museum!