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Classic gems of Royal Automobile Museum tell the story of Jordan

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A collection of photos from Royal Automobile Museum in Amman, Jordan. (Photos: Handouts from the Royal Automobile Museum)
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The Royal Automobile Museum is located at the Al-Hussein Park. The museum depicts the modern Hashemite history of Jordan, dominated by the late King Hussein. The displayed cars are also used to shed light on the life of the Late King Hussein, as well as the history of the Kingdom from the era of the late King Abdullah I to the era of His Majesty King Abdullah II, and uses the vehicles to highlight important events.اضافة اعلان



A collection of photos from Royal Automobile Museum in Amman, Jordan. (Photos: Handouts from the Royal Automobile Museum)

The museum was established through a request from King Abdullah in 2003 to act as a memorial about the rich legacy of the late King Hussein, who was known for his love of cars, in addition to his legendary performance at the Tel Al-Rumman hill climb race and many other forms of motorsports.



A collection of photos from Royal Automobile Museum in Amman, Jordan. (Photos: Handouts from the Royal Automobile Museum)

As the amazing collection shows, the late monarch’s focus was not only on cars’ external appearances but also on the performance and quality of a car. As a seasoned racer, he always believed that a good car would respond to a driver's abilities.

The importance of these cars lies not only in their historic value as classics, but also in the man who drove them and the history they were a part of, which is why they are imprinted in the mind of so many Jordanians when they think back to the Late King Hussein.

The size of the fleet has impressed many classic car experts from around the world, and the Late King Hussein was unique among leaders in his love for special cars.



A collection of photos from Royal Automobile Museum in Amman, Jordan. (Photos: Handouts from the Royal Automobile Museum)

The Late King was also an automotive expert and preferred cars that dated back to the forties or earlier. Many of the cars were also presented to him as gifts from states and presidents. The Late King Hussein, lived through nine American presidents during his lifetime and some of his cars came as state gifts.

The Late King used to drive some of these cars on official government trips, and he did not consider them his private property, so they were given to the Royal Automobile Museum after he passed away, where they have been visited by millions from Jordan and abroad.



A collection of photos from Royal Automobile Museum in Amman, Jordan. (Photos: Handouts from the Royal Automobile Museum)

Each car at the museum has a story to tell and the people of Jordan often watched the Late King Hussein, in the sixties, seventies, and eighties, driving some of them in the streets of Amman, particularly the Mercedes, which he especially loved very much.

However, there are many more legendary cars in the collection, like the Porsche 959, Lamborghini Espada, BMW M1 Coupe, and Ferrari F40. There’s even the small English "Mini."

He also loved to ride Italian and English motorcycles during his holidays, especially Harley-Davidson, some of which are displayed in the museum.  He was also skilled in piloting planes and his love of driving cars, planes, and bicycles was inherited his eldest son, His Majesty King Abdullah, who was the first King to support motor racing in Jordan.




A collection of photos from Royal Automobile Museum in Amman, Jordan. (Photos: Handouts from the Royal Automobile Museum)

Likewise, HRH Princess Haya loved horses and cars like her late father King Hussein. In the 90s, she preferred to drive a classic Mercedes through the streets of Amman on her way to official business visits.

In conclusion, the museum is definitely worth a visit by any car enthusiast or history buff.


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