The Museum and it’s history

Jysk Automobilmuseum in Gjern is one of Denmark’s leading car museums with a unique and nostalgic quality collection of motor vehicles. The 140 exhibited vehicles represent in total 80 different car makes from the period 1900 to 1987. The primary collection is composed of vehicles from before the Second World War, which thereby make up the main component of the museum and the fundament of the car historical story. However, also many fascinating and well-known postwar vehicles are exhibited at the museum.

Take a tour back in time, where things were simpler. This can be experienced at Jysk Automobilmuseum, where primarily cars but also motorcycles and a wealth of accessories are exhibited which will interest the car- and motorcycle enthusiast. Furthermore, the exhibit offers fuel pumps, special tools, antique enameled signs and cut up technique. Among the last is a Wankel engine from a NSU Ro80, which is cut up partly and in that way shows how a rotation engine functions.

The museum was founded in 1967 by mechanic Aage Louring. He was at the time at the forefront of the development and got a hold of a number of unique cars from a time where the car manufacture was still a craft. At the museum, you can experience several rare cars and follow the development from craft to mass production in the car industry.

Among the exhibited cars is a Vivinus from 1900, which was one of the first cars in Jutland, along with an Adler ladder truck from 1911 with a water hydraulic operated turntable ladder, which was among the exhibited cars at the 1911 World Expo in Berlin. Furthermore, the exhibit offers a Hotchkiss, which for a number of years won the famous Monte Carlo races. Other rare car makes exhibited is Jordan, Hupmobile, Graham Paige and Kissel. Cars such as Volkswagen, Saab and Volvo represent the more recent decades, a time where the car became common property, whereas Porsche, Maserati and Citroen SM represent the dream cars from that time.

Also, among the motorcycles different interesting classics are exhibited, including the Danish built Nimbus from 1927, known for it’s “Stovepipes”.