A passionate history
In the beginning…
After moving to Le Mans, Amédée Bollée built the first “modern” car in 1873. The success of the “Obéissante” was universal and sealed the destiny of Sarthe and Le Mans. From 1923 onwards, with the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Le Mans became a place that was synonymous with cars. The Automobile Club Ouest, the department and local collectors therefore created the car museum in 1961. At first located within the circuit, near the village, it had various updates over the years and moved in 1991 near to the main entrance to the circuit.
The most famous manufacturers
Bentley, Ferrari, Jaguar, Ford, Porsche, Matra, Audi and more, all the great names are represented with their legendary models, to immerse the visitor into the greatest endurance race in the world. 300m² of temporary exhibitions complement the thematic display.