Monaco Top Cars Collection

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Entrance to the automobile museum in Monaco

The Monaco Top Cars Collection (or the Exhibition of HSH The Prince of Monaco's Vintage Car Collection) is an automobile museum in the Fontvieille district of Monaco.[1]

The cars were the personal collection of Prince Rainier III of Monaco (1923-2005), and assembled over a thirty-year period.[1][2] The collection contains almost one hundred classic cars made in Europe and the United States.[1] Notable cars in the collection include the Bugatti Type 35 driven by William Grover-Williams that won the inaugural Monaco Grand Prix in 1929,[3] and Sébastien Loeb's Citroën DS3 WRC, which he drove to victory in the 2013 Monte Carlo Rally.[4] 38 cars from the collection were put up for auction in 2012 due to Prince Albert II's desire to re-organise and expand the collection.[5]

The cars are displayed over five levels in a specially constructed space in the Terrasses de Fontvieille,[2] and the museum is open daily from 10am to 6pm, excluding Christmas Day and New Year's Day.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d "Museums". Visit Monaco - Museums. Visit Monaco. Retrieved 4 August 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Monaco Top Cars Collection". FIA Heritage Museums. FIA. Retrieved 4 August 2014.
  3. ^ David C. King (2008). Monaco. Marshall Cavendish. pp. 111–. ISBN 978-0-7614-2567-0.
  4. ^ "Prince Given Loeb's DS3 for Monaco Collection". Rally Australia - News. Rally Australia. 22 April 2014. Retrieved 4 August 2014.
  5. ^ "From Bentleys to Beetles: Monaco prince's car collection up for auction (and there's something for all tastes...and budgets)". Daily Mail. 25 July 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2014.

Coordinates: 43°43′51.29″N 7°25′1.61″E / 43.7309139°N 7.4171139°E / 43.7309139; 7.4171139