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Gdyńskie Muzeum Motoryzacji
DescriptionIn a small space, the Gdynia Motor Museum holds a wealth of history and the authentic automotive spirit of the 20th century. This impressive collection of vintage cars and motorcycles includes such gems as:
- Ford T – the first mass-produced passenger car,
- Buick Master Six – with all-authentic parts, down to the air in its tyres,
- Buick Deluxe – whose armoured version was used by Al Capone himself,
- Harley Davidson 42 WLA - the most famous military motorcycle in history
There are few places in Poland as well suited to presenting automotive history as Gdynia. At the turn of the 1920s, as black Ford Ts were rolling in large numbers off the conveyor belt in Detroit, the small village on the Baltic Sea was filling up with adventurous newcomers seeking a better life. In no time, the fishing village turned into Poland's window on the world, a large port city with modernist architecture and wide thoroughfares with modern limousines, buses and ubiquitous taxis driving up and down. It was on Gdynia's wharves that transports of new cars from around the world were unloaded before they were sent further into Poland.
Gdynia's first petrol station was launched as early as 1926. Car showrooms – Mercedes, Fiat and Chevrolet – popped up like mushrooms after the rain. Gdynia was the seat of the Ford representative office in Poland. Before the war the city had a hundred registered taxis and more cars per 10,000 residents than Warsaw. By the 1930s Kościuszki Square had become the scene of car rallies, whose tradition was later resurrected in the PRL period. In 1957, qualifying races for the Polish Automobile Championship attracted over 40,000 spectators. It is therefore no wonder that Gdynia, with such a rich tradition, is the perfect place for the Motor Museum.