How and when the Iran National museum was born?
After the Iranian Revolution of 1979, the Mohammad Reza Shah and his family fled the country and leaving behind most of their possessions. Mohammad Reza Shah was famous for his love of sports cars, and he was known for taking one of his many cars late at night and racing on the highways around Tehran. After he fled the country in January 1979, the cars first stayed untouched.
Prior to the inauguration of the museum in 2001, run mainly by private initiative of Iranian car enthusiasts, a small portion of the remaining 1200 cars were recovered, cleaned and put into the museum to display to the public. More than 1000 cars still reside in storage, garage or in Parks (e.g. in the park of Sa'dabad Palace) and wait to be made accessible to the public.
Which cars are in the Iran National Car museum?
The Iran Historical Car Cultural Museum Center has gathered a collection of the best and in some cases the most unique automobiles of the car industry in order to preserve them and explain the history of the entrance of cars into Iran through displaying them.
There are many vehicles in the museum, ranging from sports cars to limousines, carriages and bikes which carried the royal family.
Some of the museum automobiles are rare in the car industry such as the gold-plated Pierce-Arrow limousine, the world’s only Panther-Lazer car produced in the world, and the only joint work of the three giant car companies of Mercedes, Porsche and Volkswagen. Also, are the the rich collection of Rolls-Royce models such as the Silver Ghost Rolls-Royce of Ahmad Shah, the last Shah of the Qajar dynasty, Phantom III and the only bullet-proof Rolls-Royce Phantom IV and a wonderful Mercedes collection including: 190 SL, 500K and 600 Limousine, etc.
In the section of super sports cars, the are Lamborghini Countach and Miura, Ferrari 500 Superfast, Bizzarrini and several models of Porsche such as Porsche 365, and Porsche 911 Turbo.
Furthermore, there are other automobiles on display, namely Chrysler 300K (with accessories like: refrigerator, gramophone player, gold-plated dashboard, etc.), Cadillac Fleetwood and Lincoln Continental Limousine, etc
Edited by Olivia