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Posted on 6 April, 2017 in Updates, Tips & Tricks

Car museum

By Binns Rebecca

Timber to Toranas, Fertilisers to Ferraris, Paint Brushes to Pontiacs. Bunnings Warehouse West Gosford has ditched its green balloons in favour of Australia’s largest collection of classic cars, which now covers every inch of this giant warehouse floor. Gosford Classic Car Museum, with some 450 classic cars and motorcycles worth an estimated value of $75 million (!) definitely isn’t crowing about the lowest prices – no other museum is beating this beauty by 10%.

Where is it located?

Located three left-hand turns off the M1 Freeway, this carpark once filled with tradies’ utes is now a car show littered with tanks, classic delivery trucks and military hummers. The glitz of the car show, however, awaits inside. As you walk through the entry, not a burnout in sight, not even the smell of an oily rag.

Who owns this classic cars collection?

This car museum, owned by Tony Denny and established in 2015, has quickly become a must-see for all car and motorbike enthusiasts.

The largest privately owned collection in Australia/Southern Hemisphere

With 11,000sqm of floor space, you will never see so many beautiful cars in one building. That’s right beautiful. The number of high-quality cars is unbelievable.

The large majority (some 95% of cars on the floor) have been purchased within Australia. There are also cars for sale, but you certainly need to ensure the bank balance is looking healthy before writing a cheque. You won’t be grabbing one of the discounts this warehouse was once so well known for.

While the female eye is instantly captured by a Pink Cadillac – all six metres of it – the Aussie bloke demands some muscle car. The 1968 Holden Monaro HK GTS doesn’t disappoint but is quickly forgotten when an immaculate Ford Mustang comes into sight, glistening like a rare gem. Add Invader III with a top speed of 1026km/h and 36,000 horsepower and the Rolls Royce Phantom, and you’ve got both luxury and speed aplenty.

The Ferrari collection is also a must-see. With 35 different Ferraris to dream over (including the $5million La Ferrari), this display puts a new meaning on classic cars. The 25 Communist-era cars also have heads turning. Who doesn’t love a shiny red Lamborghini as well?

 

More than just classic cars.

For the lover of two wheels, the 1973 Moto Guzzi Cornetto is just one of the classic bikes which litter the floor.

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Kids are entertained with ‘hands-on’ displays where they can jump behind the wheel and take a flower covered Kombi for a spin before bouncing around in a soft top Land Rover.

As you wander towards the exit gates, fluoro is the order of the day. Illuminated signage lights the huge merchandise store with every brand, make, and model on display. There’s something there for every man cave wall.

Take your time

An average visit takes anywhere from a casual hour’s stroll, to a nostalgic all-day session full of reminiscing old times, losing yourself in classic cars and recalling every mate’s ride from way back when.

How much?

The polished floors quickly put the $20 entry fee into perspective. If you can contain the kids for all of 20 seconds while you pay, kids 14 and under are $12 and minis, under four, are free.

When can you visit?

Open from 9am-5pm Wednesday through to Sunday; this car museum welcomes one and all including Car Clubs who can display their cars before booking. For trading hours and direction click here.

Make a day of it

Why not make a full day of your visit to the Central Coast? Head up to Mingara Recreation Club for lunch or dinner. You can go casual at one of our cafés, or live it up a little at Indigo – Eats, Treats & Bar.

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