First things first: Disclaimer: I am not a petrolhead.  I do, however, like the odd classic car – and will always appreciate seeing a classic on the open road. (Who doesn’t??)

Very rarely, like last weekend, I end up walking around a museum full of wonderful, beautiful, shiny old cars.  This collection is at L’Ormarins, Franschoek - a stunning wine estate in the Western Cape, South Africa.

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The iPhone was ready (even if BIG camera batteries were not) and Hipstamatic played along…

In four buildings, housing at least 20-25 vehicles each, a gleaming collection of past auto-mobile beauts from the U.S.A and Europe sit waiting for an outing…

Oh, if only I could don my Biggles goggles… (no, SERIOUSLY)

I particularly love the MGs (my UK heritage shines through ;) )

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and the lovely blue Cobra… *sigh*

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I really, really like this car…

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It “GRRrrs” so nicely ;)

I even had a Downton Abbey moment:

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Could it be?? Is It???

Period dramas aside, I enjoyed this bright yellow jaguar.. it looks like a cheeky fish that would have fit in well with the “Finding Nemo” movie:

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There were Bugattis…

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Ferraris…

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and even more Ferraris..

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There were cars I had never heard of.., even one called “The Dictator” (it was discontinued in 1937 when Studebaker realised the negative connotations of naming it so – on the back of Hitler’s rise to power)

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Studebaker went a step further, and made a “back-to-front” car.  I am not joking:

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The “Avanti”: the “Forward” backwards-looking car.  Very odd.

Some cars had recognisable logos, but were under different names, like the old “Audis”

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Auto Union, I think they were…

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Very cute, in my opinion… perhaps it is because I do enjoy a “red” car… or two:

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Or, maybe it is because if they weren’t black, they had to be red?? Thank you, Henry Ford…

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Of course, these are but a few; there were many more.  More than I know… after all, as I said, I am no petrolhead.

I’ll leave you with a few more Buicks(?), Mercedes, Packards(?), Alfa Romeos and all those others that I cannot remember to name.  Please help out where you can!

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and a Porsche to finish off with. (as you do)

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What’s your favourite?