Caramulo, 8 October, 2019
The next step was to build an art museum, which was completed in 1959, and as there was some free
space, part of it was used to house Joao’s collection of classic cars. The museum proved to be very popular
over the years, particularly the automobile display, so it was decided to construct a new building
specifically to house the cars. Thus, in 1970 an annexe across the street was opened, which continues to
be the motor museum today.
Apart from the regular museum display vehicles, they also have themed display exhibitions, which are
normally held in the ground floor display areas of the original art museum. This summer’s exhibition was
entitled Super Carros (Supercars) and was supposed to run until the end of September, but due to its
popularity has had the run extended until the end of October. It is a small but select exhibition, with a range
of cars ranging from what might be termed supercar of their era, like the Lamborghini Miura and Diablo SV,
the Ferrari F40, incredibly already 32 years since it was launched, to modern equivalents in the form of a
Ferrari LaFerrari, Ford GT, Lamborghini Aventador SV,Mercedes-AMG GT R, McLaren 675 LT MSO and
Porsche 911GT2 RS.
If you are a fan of winding mountain roads the road from the highway up to the museum (and back) makes
the visit worthwhile on its own! The museum also hosts an annual Motor Festival, which includes a hillclimb
course which takes competitors are up to a scenic viewing point at the highest part of the mountain range in
the region at 970 metres above sea level.