1936 Pontiac Plexiglas Deluxe Six “Ghost Car”. Photo: Salim Matramkot/The Peninsula
The public can now preview the Qatar Auto Museum (QAM) project at the National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ) with three iconic vintage cars from Qatar’s museum collection.
This is in addition to 20 historic models on loan from members of the Qatar Auto Museum’s Advisory Board and Qatar’s car enthusiast community.
The preview is a taste of what the community can expect from the Qatar Auto Museum which will take up residence on 30,000 sqm in the former Doha Exhibition Center building in Al Gassar.
Qatar Museums Chairperson, HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, said: “From sporting events like Formula 1 races to classic car shows, automotive culture is widely present in Qatar. We are delighted to present this exhibition, which reflects our passions as car enthusiasts, in a year when so many visitors will come to Doha to celebrate the World Cup.
“The exhibition showcases our culture while introducing an exciting new institution dedicated to providing an inspiring educational and technological experience for all. The Qatar Auto Museum will serve as an innovative community hub for automotive enthusiasts, students, collectors, engineers and all those who appreciate the impact on our world of the emergence and evolution of the automobile.
President of Qatar Museums HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani; President of the Qatar Olympic Committee HE Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani; Qatar Tourism Chairman and Qatar Airways Group Managing Director HE Akbar Al Baker and other guests at the preview of the Qatar Auto Museum project.
QAM President Dr. Hessa Al Jaber said: “In modern history, very few inventions have had such a powerful and pervasive impact on daily life and wider culture as the automobile.
“The Qatar Auto Museum will be a showcase for our unrivaled collection and, like all museum institutions in Qatar, will spark innovation, creativity, dialogue and community, as a destination that will offer new and exciting experiences to every visit.”
The Qatar Auto Museum unites the country’s automotive community under one roof and one mission: to advance culture and inspire the next generation of innovators, designers, engineers, collectors and makers through a shared passion for cars.
Speaking at the press preview yesterday, QAM Acting Director Dr Alkindi Aljawabra said the museum will be a “community centre” making it the first of its kind in the region.
“What we are displaying here is the concept design which is the second stage of the project. This year, we will finalize the design of the museum,” he explained. Dr Aljawabra said the museum “will bring science, technology and cars together in one place”.
The indoor exhibit features three iconic vintage cars: the 1936 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta, considered the greatest Ferrari ever made and one of the most valuable collector cars; 1936 Pontiac Plexiglass Deluxe Six “Ghost Car”, which is the first transparent car built in America; and the 1949 Delahaye 175 S Roadster described as a moving sculpture and one of the most remarkable and grand post-war cars.
The three vintage cars will be on display until January 20, 2023. Meanwhile, the outdoor display which includes 20 historic cars will continue until April 4.
The museum will have a ground floor and a mezzanine with a lounge and galleries that explore the past, present and future of the automobile and its impact on global life and culture; an edutainment center with sections such as the Made in Qatar Workshop – developed and operated in collaboration with Qatar University, Texas A&M University in Qatar and the Qatar Mobility Innovations Centre. The center will also include a road and traffic safety lab, an energy and mobility lab, the Geekdom Qatar Center, as well as a library and children’s area.
It will also have the garage and the technology center, where the restoration of classic cars, customizations and redesign and vaulted cars of the museum will take place. Dr. Aljawabra said that there will be several concept cars and futuristic cars will be developed in the said section.