The first automobile museum in Croatia


As of the beginning of the year, Zagreb boasts yet another museum to go with countless others – the first Croatian automobile museum “Ferdinand Budicki”. Around 50 pristine classic vehicles, including the Ford Model T and legendary Vespa scooters, are displayed on over 1500 square metres of the old Pluto factory.

Attractive posters featuring classic cars and the title “Run people, a car is coming”, which can be seen across Zagreb since the beginning of the year, are an invitation to the city’s newest museum – the first automobile museum in Croatia, which features more than 50 classic cars and motorcycles on 1500 square metres of exhibition space.

The museum was named 'Ferdinand Budicki', after the man who brought the first car to Croatia in 1901. It is located within the onetime Pluto factory at 48 Knez Ljudevit Posavski Street. Although the museum will not be officially opened until June this year, all of the vehicles from its holdings will be presented to the public at Zagreb’s squares.

Aficionados of classic cars in Zagreb will finally have a place where they can view numerous legendary old-timers.

Attractive exhibits include a Ford Model T, numerous old Mercedes, and the locally popular classics such as the Zastava Fićo, Citroens DS and 2CV, VW Beetles, etc., while a special part of the museum will be dedicated to the collection of legendary Vespas.

Apart from the 1922 Ford Model T, the Ferdinand Budicki museum will feature many other valuable vehicles including Mini Morris, Zastava 750, Velorex Oskar, Triumph Spitfire, Panhard, Porsche 911, Volkswagen Karmann Ghia, Peugeot 404, Opel Olympia Rekord, DKW roadster F-12, Mazda, Messerschmitt, DKW 1000s, Citroen SM, Mercedes, Nash Standard six, Opel Olympia convertible, Fiat 1100, Ford, Talbot Matra Murena, Tatra, Formula 3 Renault, Jeep Willys, Fiat 500, Citroen DS, Citroen 2CV, Citroen AMI 6, Volkswagen van T1, Volkswagen Beetle, Volkswagen Kubelwagen...

Motorcycle aficionados, on the other hand, will have the opportunity to view models of old Tomos, Yamaha, Vespa, Prima, Solex, several BMW’s – including a BMW R25 with a Steib sidecar, JAP-B4, Puch 200, DKW 125 and several TMZs built at the Zagreb Motorcycle factory.

The initial presentation of the museum is the first step towards realizing this automotive dream and, according to its founders, after the official opening the museum will also exhibit car related photographs, organize mechanics workshops, film projections and other events regarding the long history of traffic and car culture in Croatia.