For those who live and breathe all things car related, from vintage car rallies to voraciously devouring features on classic vehicles, then a visit to the Udaipur Car Museum is a must. Owned and maintained by the Royal Family, the museum was opened to the public in 2000 and houses some of the rarest vintage automobiles in the world, which include several Rolls Royce and Mercedes models. The collection even includes the exquisite 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom, which has been preserved in immaculate condition and was used in Octopussy, the 1983 James Bond film which partly took place in India.
The rustic and simply designed museum, which was the former Merwar State Motor Garage, the quaint café situated just next to it, and the aged Shell Petrol Pump from the last century all come together to represent a moment beautifully held in time. This vintage environment surrounds visitors, enticing them to relish every piece of British, German and American engineering excellence. Particularly helpful are the amiable staff who are more than happy to talk to enthusiasts and take them through the history of the cars which the museum houses. The royal garage routinely services each vehicle and ensures that they are in top running order. In fact, at certain times visitors might be lucky enough to see some of these cars being driven around by their elite team.
Other cars within the collection include a Buick (1946), a pair of Cadillacs (1938/39), a Ford A (1930), a M.G. TC (1946), a Morris Minor 100 (Traveller) (1959), and a Vauxhall 12 (Deluxe) (1947).The museum is usually open between 9:00 a.m. to around 9:00 p.m. during the week and entry prices range from about Rs. 150 for children to around Rs. 250 for adults.