A royal showcase of vintage vehicles
Prince Rainer III of Monaco was a huge car enthusiast and amassed a vast collection of vintage vehicles. In 1993, he decided to reveal them to the public and they can still be seen today in Monaco's Terrasses de Fontvieille.
Car-mad Rainer began building his collection in the early 1950s and, over the next 40 years, amassed a haul of around 100 automobiles, ranging from a 1903 De Dion Button to a 2013 Lotus F1.
Other vehicles include various Ferraris, Maseratis, Lamborghinis and Rolls-Royces, and there are even several F1 and rally cars, along with the Lexus which carried the current prince to his wedding in 2011.
The collection holds particular appeal among petrol heads in town for the annual Formula One fixture and makes a great add-on to any Monaco Grand Prix yacht charter. But presented from a strong history angle, it has proved to be a hit among less enthusiastic car fans too.
Such is the popularity of the Collection de Voitures Anciennes, the remarkable, not to mention unique, exhibition will be moving to a new purpose-built home by the harbour when it’s completed in 2020.