People who want to learn more about the automotive industry and its history can always head out to Germany. This is because not only is it where many of the world’s leading auto brands are based, but it is also where one can visit the best when it comes to museums decided to the automotive world.
With the opening of the Mazda Classic Car Museum by Auto Frey, it adds a new reason to visit Germany. Dedicated mainly to the Japanese automaker, it is also the first such collection of models to be displayed outside Japan. The museum is in Augsburg, Bavaria, and is seen as an excellent location as it is between Munich and Stuttgart. For the uninitiated, Munich is currently where BMW is headquartered with Stuttgart serving as the home not only of Porsche but even for Mercedes.
In addition, the location of the museum is about four hours from Oberursel, Augsburg, which is the same area where Mazda’s Research & Development center is based. Oberursel is also where you can find Auto Frey, which not only sells Peugeots but is considered to be the largest Mazda dealer in Europe. Augsburg is also five hours away from Leverkusen, where the European headquarters of Mazda is located. For the museum itself, it was made possible through a joint venture entered into by Mazda and the family that owns Auto Frey. The latter in particular also loaned a number of models from its private collection to the museum.
Those wondering what to expect from the museum should know that one such model on display is the 1960 R360, the first even mass-produced passenger vehicle to come from the brand. Then there is the 1976 616, which was the first Mazda to be officially sold in Germany. Other models that visitors are likely to see include the mid-engined Autozam AZ-1, three-wheeled K360 light truck, and '66 Familia 1000 coupe.
A wide range of rotary-powered sports cars is also on display starting with the '67 Cosmo Sport going to '69 Luce RX87 and all the way to the '92 RX-7. The museum itself is built from a repurposed tram depot dating all the way to 1897. The museum boasts a total of 45 models put up on display. It is not only about cars though as the museum also has the customary gift shop, a restaurant, and an event hall. Long-time fans of Mazda are sure to appreciate what this museum has to offer as they can get to enjoy looking at their favorite models without going all the way to Japan.
Aside from the Mazda museum, Germany is the site of at least 15 other car museums. One of these is the Autostadt which dedicates one pavillion for each brand under the Volkswagen Group. Autostadt is also where you can find the world's longest printed line and the largest glass doors.