As someone who isn’t into cars, I have to confess that I wasn’t particularly excited about visiting the Gosford Classic Car Museum. However, this fascinating collection of cars proves that sometimes the best experiences when you travel are the surprises. It takes around 40 minutes to drive to the museum from the Sydney CBD, or you can get there by train or ferry from Sydney, Palm Beach or Ettalong. Whether you are into cars or not, a visit to this fascinating museum is a must-do and offers a change from the usual Sydney tourist activities.

Gosford Classic Car Museum is one of the world’s five largest car museums, and the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. It was founded by Tony Denny, an Australian entrepreneur who made his fortune selling used cars in eastern Europe, after the Berlin Wall came down. Some people love collecting paintings or sculptures, Tony Denny loves cars and sees each one as a work of art.

Love the graceful lines, and it’s my favourite colour!

Row upon row of cars

1968 Mercedes Benz Grosser 600 with its own ‘mobile’ phone and TV

Gorgeous pink Cadillac (and it’s for sale, ladies)

The museum is housed in a former Bunnings Warehouse and has 11,000sqm of floor space, but it is still not large enough to house the 400+ vehicles and motorbikes which make up this collection. If you’re a car lover, your credit card will probably be feeling nervous when you walk in here, as more than 70% of the cars on display are available for sale. If you head out the back of the museum, you will find also find a car lot filled with rare, unusual and classic cars (many of which are surprisingly affordable).

This 1948 Triumph Roadster could be yours for $65K plus onroad costs

Car yard out the back

The collection is diverse and, as I quickly discovered, has enough quirky cars to satisfy visitors who aren’t true motoring enthusiasts. Whatever car you grew up being driven around in (in my case, a 1967 VW Beetle), you will almost certainly find an identical make and/or model at the museum. Many of the cars have been purchased from collectors who approached Denny to sell their historic vehicles so more people could enjoy looking at them.

Gosford Classic Car Museum

A Kombi that serves beer, what could be more Australian?

Whether you prefer quirky or classic, you will find it here

When you enter the museum, keep walking past the Ferraris (easier said than done) and you will come to an outdoor area which houses 25 Communist era cars including a ‘Zil’ Russian Stretched Limousine. Motorbikes from around the world also form part of the collection. Car clubs are regular visitors which adds an extra element to the collection, as there is a designated area in the carpark where club members can display their cars for all to see.  You will also find the 1964 Airstream Café here, a quirky café that serves excellent lattes and tasty snacks.

Motorbikes also form part of the collection

Love this old Hudson

These cars aren’t for sale, no matter how much money you offer

Some cars in the collection were purchased individually while others were bought as part of a collection. One of the museum’s first bulk purchases consisted of 53 cars from the Nash, AMC, Rambler Museum of Western Australia. There are also 30 Ferraris which make up around 30% of the total value of the museum. The only cars which aren’t for sale are the Holdens from 1948 to 1978. Tony Denny refuses to part with any of the vehicles which make up his treasured complete collection of this iconic Aussie car.

Disclosure: The writer visited the Gosford Classic Car Museum as a guest of Destination NSW. She has virtually no interest in cars but, much to her surprise, she really enjoyed the experience.