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Tehran Car Museum And Its Vintage Automobile Collection

Step into a World of Automotive Marvels at the Tehran Car Museum

In November 1918, Muzaffar al-Din Shah encountered automobiles for the first time during a trip to Europe and brought two vehicles back to Iran. Since then, classic cars have secured their place in the world of industry and transport.

Across the globe, various museums preserve and showcase valuable and vintage items, and Tehran’s Car Museum displays a diverse collection of classic cars. The museum offers an enticing and visually appealing experience for both men and women interested in automobiles.

History of Automobiles in Iran

Vintage Cars of Tehrans Car Museum
Vintage Cars of Tehran’s Car Museum

Traditionally, Iranians traveled using carriages and wagons. In 1886, Benz & Co produced the first automobile, coinciding with the reign of Muzaffar al-Din Shah Qajar. During one of his trips to Europe, he brought two cars back to Iran, and during Ahmad Shah‘s reign, a third car was imported.

Unfortunately, these cars are no longer extant and are not present in the Tehran Car Museum. In those days, cars were referred to as “automobiles” in the West, and Iranians abbreviated this to “atul”. At the time, automobiles were considered expensive and luxurious items, accessible only to the royal family.

Vintage Mercedes Benzes in Tehrans Cars Museum
Vintage Mercedes Benzes in Tehran’s Cars Museum

Later, Tehran‘s traders and capitalists gradually began acquiring other cars. During Reza Shah Pahlavi‘s era, cars, which resembled large carriages, were imported for public transport. Under Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, more cars such as Ford, Chevrolet, GM, Cadillac, Mercedes Benz, and BMW entered Iran.

Eventually, Mohammad Reza Shah purchased the British company Paykan, reducing car prices in Iran and making them more accessible to the public.


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Key Exhibits at the Car Museum

The Tehran Car Museum houses nearly 50 beautiful and noteworthy vehicles, including:

Naser al-Din Shah’s Royal Carriage or Naderi Carriage

Naderi Royal Carriage in Car Museum of Tehran
Naderi Royal Carriage in Car Museum of Tehran

Crafted in Vienna on the orders of Naser al-Din Shah, this royal carriage is approximately 120 years old and incorporates gold in its construction.

Coronation Carriage

Built by Austrian artisans, this carriage is over 100 years old. Originally azure blue with gold trimmings, it was repainted black during the Pahlavi era and used in coronation ceremonies.

Sport Cars of Tehran Car Museum
Sport Cars of Tehran Car Museum

1912 Morris Oxford

This car, produced in 1912, has an 1800 cc engine capable of producing ten horsepower, making it a robust vehicle of its time.

1906 Rolls-Royce of Ahmad Shah Qajar

This Rolls-Royce, imported by Ahmad Shah, had a six-cylinder inline engine and could reach speeds of up to 80 kilometers per hour.

Vintage Rolls Royce in Tehran Cars Museum
Vintage Rolls-Royce in Tehran Cars Museum

Mercedes Benz K500

Built in 1934, the K500 was among the first super sports cars globally. Only 354 units were produced, with a top speed of 200 kilometers per hour.

Visiting Tehran’s Car Museum

Visiting Cars Museum of Tehran
Visiting Cars Museum of Tehran

The museum is open to the public every day except Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM, with extended hours on Thursdays and Fridays until 6:30 PM. For more information and ticket prices, contact +982144537763.


The museum is located at Azadi Square, Special Karaj Road, between kilometers 10 and 11, next to 25th Street, near Sepah Store. The office is situated on Resalat Highway, not far from Africa Highway, at the Foundation of the Oppressed, Building Number One, Fourth Floor, Cultural Institute of Museums.


Tehran’s Car Museum attracts car and vehicle enthusiasts from all over the country with its display of automobiles, carriages, and motorcycles. Some of these vehicles are rare specimens from the automotive industry. If you enjoy visiting museums with various themes, do not miss exploring Tehran’s museums. For your historical journey, rely on OrientTrips to book your hotel in Tehran at the best prices.

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