The Ultimate Automotive Experience
By Mark Holgate of Exhaust Notes Australia
Images by Tim Brand
You know when you visit a place that oozes history and you get that feeling you’re surrounded by greatness, or wisdom, or an unspoken story of gallantry or regret.
Walk into the Gosford Classic Car Museum and the feeling is not dissimilar. You’ll find yourself surrounded by greatness, feats of mechanical wonder that ooze a history all of their own.
Some 278 cars and bikes are on display at the museum in Manns Road (located in the former Bunnings building on the corner of Stockyard Place), and each one has a story to tell.
From the first official museum purchase of a Datsun 240Z in December 2014, to the incredible collection of owner and Central Coast businessman Tony Denny an incredible 450 cars make up the second largest car collection in the world.
Cars from all over the world, including Italy, Germany, England, Australia, America and Japan make up the collection, which includes the Ferrari F40, F50, Enzo and the most expensive car in the building, the 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari.
A truly global collection, there’s everything from a Lamborghini Miura, the coveted Porsche 959, a 1955 Mercedes Benz 300SL Gullwing, a Jaguar XJ220, XJR15 and an Aston Martin DB5. Aussie muscle makes an appearance too with an E38 Valiant Charger which participated at Bathurst, and the most highly sought Australian car in the museum – an Onyx Black Ford GTHO Phase 3 which is the only one ever made in this colour (built for the 1971 Sydney Motor Show).
From the United States, there’s a selection of beautiful Corvettes on display, the ever famous DeLorean (think Back to the Future), plus there’s a host of Japanese cars including the mighty R35 Nissan GT-R.
The collection also features Aussie Invader III, the jet powered land speed record vehicle piloted by Roscoe McGlashan in 1996, and an American LaFrance fire truck straight from the Bronx.
The New York fire engine is believed to have been at the site of the Twin Towers terror attacks on September 11th, 2001.
The entire collection is valued at more than $70 million, and all in all, it’s an amazing collection that’s well worth the look. There are even a host of cars for sale outside, where you’ll also find Jimmy G’s café, set up in a 1964 Airstream kitchen.
The Gosford Classic Car Museum is open Wednesday to Sunday from 9am to 5pm.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $12 with a Concession Card. Kids 14 and under are $12, four and under are free of charge.