Calling all petrol heads

This museum in St Paul’s Bay has classic cars aplenty.

St Paul’s Bay is known for its touristic resorts and sandy beaches, but did you know that it’s also home to Malta’s most extensive classic car collection that’s open to the public? The Malta Classic Cars Collection home to a living and growing collection spanning more than 50 years of motor manufacturing history.

That’s right! Located on Tourist Street, the Malta Classic Car Collection – sometimes referred to as the Malta Classic Car Museum – is a huge space where you can feast your eyes on some amazing motors from the past 50+ years. These include T-Birds, Spitfires, Fiats, Fords, and Jaguars.

Two particularly noteworthy cars here are the iconic Jaguar E Type, which was dubbed as ‘the most beautiful car in the world’ by legendary race car driver Enzo Ferrari, and a 1972 Fiat 500F, which one was one of the last models of its kind.

The collection, which is still being added to, was the brainchild of Carol Galea, a self-confessed car enthusiast who loved to build and customise his own cars to use them for local hill climbing races. Obviously, he also had a passion for collecting classic cars, and loved the fact that he could share them with others.

Today, the museum stands testament to Galea’s love for classic cars, and the current curators ensure that they provide the public with as much information about the cars as possible, including dates, variants, production runs, and how the cars came made it into the collection.

The museum is open seven days a week, from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, and between 9am and 2pm on Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays. Tickets cost €10 for adults and €4.50 for children. 

For those with deeper pockets, it’s also good to know that there are some cars for sale. Currently, these include a 1930 Delahaye Torpedo, a 1960 Alfa Romeo 200 Berlina ‘FNM’, and a 1965 Jaguar E-Type S1 Coupe.

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