A paradise for kids and adults, Tiriac Collection is the only private car collection in Romania and one of the few in Europe open to public. Reopened in 2015, the museum includes over 160 cars and motorcycles, all in perfect functioning state and all belonging to Ion Tiriac. The collection is exhibited on a surface of 4,300 sqm, in a huge showroom just across Henri Coanda International Airport.
The oldest car in the museum is a Hurtu model from 1899, and the newest models are made in the recent years. Exceptionally rare, this particular example reportedly resided at a French chateau until around 1995 and had been converted to horse-drawn propulsion, presumably following an engine failure. A replacement Benz engine dating from circa 1900 was installed in 2007. It is the earliest Hurtu known.
1899 Hurtu 3 ½ Quadricycle
The jewelries of the collection are the Rolls-Royce models – also the favorite brand of Ion Tiriac – this being the favorite brand of both rich and famous people but also royal families around the world. Tiriac Collection is the only place in the world where you can see all the 6 models of the series Rolls-Royce Phantom. The total number of the cars in the collection is around 400 units, but as we mentioned, only 165 are exhibited, due to lack of space. All the cars have been restored by the special team of Ion Tiriac. The restoration of a classic car is a complex process, that can take from 2 month to one year or more. Former tennis player and successful business man, Ion Tiriac loves cars and frequently goes to specialized auctions but also classic cars beauty contests.
A Concours d’Elégance (the name comes from French and it means a ‘competition of elegance’, referring to the gathering of prestigious cars) dates back to 17th-century French aristocracy, who paraded horse-drawn carriages in the parks of Paris during Summer weekends and holidays. Over time, carriages became horseless and the gatherings became a competition among automobile owners to be judged on the appearance of their automobiles.
Rolls-Royce Phantom II & Messerschmitt
If you are curious to see some of the oldest Ford, Mercedes and BMW models (from 1914, 1937 and 1928), this is the place where you have to come. You can also see a taxi from 1932, a popcorn wagon Cretors from 1926 – American, of course, that costed 2,200 USD in those times – a firetruck (also American) and a Trabant signed by the famous tennis player Simona Halep. Basically, all the fantastic cars that you have only seen in movies are in Tiriac Collection, who is attractive not only for car passionate, but also for movie fans: from the cars used in the gangster movies and the cars used by Kennedy family, to the cars used by US police and to the cars used in Fast&Furious, all the models are here. To be precise: not the actual cars, but identical models.
Many items of the collection were appreciated in well known national and international classic car contests (Concours d’Elégance), like Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, Concorso d’Eleganza Alla Corte dei Medici or Concours d’Elegance Sinaia, where pieces of the collection received awards also this year.
For example, Duesenberg J Berline Convertible from 1930, a unique model in the world, was the winner of first place at “Travel in style: Around the world in 40 years” at Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2017 edition in Italy , the car was the winner of first place in the category Antebelic cars at Concours d’Elegance Alla Corte dei Medici in Florence last year, in 2016. The car was owned by American actor Tyrone Power, one the most famous actors in the ’50s.
1930 Duesenberg Model J Torpedo Convertible
Tiriac Collection is open for visits from Friday to Sunday, and a ticket costs 15 lei for adults and 7,5 lei for kids. For groups of kids and schools there is a special program, which includes a free bus and free tours, available during week time. The program started in 2015 and since then tens of thousands of kids visited the collection.