Riga's Classic Car Museum was officially established in 2010, but its origins go back decades to the Latvian Vintage Car Club, founded in 1972. With a motto of "save it from rust," the museum strives to preserve classic automobiles and to familiarize and expose visitors to various restoration techniques. More than anything, it brings together car and motorcycle aficionados. The museum showcases technical developments in the automobile industry over the past century, including a history of the blinking turn signal.
More than 100 items are on display at the museum, including 20 cars, 20 motorbikes, 40 bicycles, and an array of accessories. Cars in the museum include a 1915 La France Roadster, a 1935 Ford Eifel, and multiple BMW, Mercedes Benz, and Audi models from the 1930s and 1940s.
The Classic Car Museum is located in the Bierini suburb of Riga and can be reached by taking bus 55 to the Mezotnes Iela stop. The price of admission includes guide service, and tours last about an hour. The museum is closed on weekdays, but visits during this time can take place with prior arrangement. The museum also offers apartments for tourists to rent.