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[Himeji City] Torino Museum, a highly recommended spot in Himeji where rare cars from all over the world gather

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There are amazing facilities in Himeji. There, supercars from those days are lined up all over the place, and when the supercar generation arrives, they will be captivated by it and it will be a big deal. I heard such a rumor. This time I will report on that facility.

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Museum located on the 4th to 6th floors of the building

The name of the facility is "Turin Museum". It is located on the west side of the center of Himeji, along the Senba River.

Park your car in the museum's self-propelled multi-story parking lot and take the elevator to the 7th floor. I thought it was a bit unusual for a museum to have an entrance on the 7th floor, but when I visited, I found that the museum had a common entrance with the attached restaurant, ``Cornish'', and was greeted by the owner, Mr. Nakamura.

Starting from the 6th floor, walk down half a floor at a time to see it.<br>
Starting from the 6th floor, walk down half a floor at a time to see it.

In fact, this museum was renovated using three floors from the 6th to 4th floors of a self-propelled multi-story parking garage. In other words, it's a space directly above the place where I parked my car, right on top of the ground.

The entrance to the museum is located on the 6th floor, which is located downstairs from the attached restaurant.

A rare Ferrari with only one in Japan

First of all, on the first floor, famous Ferrari cars are lined up. In particular, the yellow 365GT4/BB and Berlinetta Boxer are killer items for the supercar boom generation.

At the time, I was so excited, thinking, "It has a top speed of 302 km/h, which is amazing. It's 2 km/h faster than the Countach." That very car is now in front of me, transcending time and space.

Ferrari 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer (1968), the dream of the supercar generation<br>
Ferrari 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer (1968), the dream of the supercar generation

Furthermore, the white Dino makes you wonder if there is any car in the world with a more beautiful design. A precious aura fills the dazzling space. I came here for an interview, but it seemed like my soul was suddenly taken away.

Ferrari Dino 246GTS (1972)<br>
Ferrari Dino 246GTS (1972)
Ferrari 288GTO (1985) Only one in Japan<br>
Ferrari 288GTO (1985) Only one in Japan

However, when I felt an even greater ``Ki'' behind me, I turned around and saw 288GTO. This is the only Ferrari in existence in Japan, and it has been driven 2,000 km by one owner, making it a noble Ferrari that cannot even be priced at.

Ferrari 308GTS (1980)<br>
Ferrari 308GTS (1980)
Ferrari 365GTB/4 (1970)<br>
Ferrari 365GTB/4 (1970)
Beautiful yet powerful 12-cylinder engine<br>
Beautiful yet powerful 12-cylinder engine

Lamborghini Miura displayed with the engine visible

Lamborghini Miura P400 (1968)<br>
Lamborghini Miura P400 (1968)

Next up after the dazzling Ferrari zone was Lamborghini. Suddenly, a beautiful tractor is on display.

Lamborghini is a famous company that originally manufactured tractors, but I don't think many people know what kind of tractors they manufactured. At least I've never seen it before.

It's probably quite valuable.

And when it comes to Lamborghini, it's definitely Miura. In this museum, it is displayed with the front and rear hoods fully open. This is really valuable.

Miura engine. V type 12 cylinder is placed horizontally<br>
Miura engine. V type 12 cylinder is placed horizontally
Lamborghini Countach Anniversary 25 (1989)<br>
Lamborghini Countach Anniversary 25 (1989)
Lamborghini Diablo 6.0 (2001)<br>
Lamborghini Diablo 6.0 (2001)

Toyota 2000GT, a famous car that Japan is proud of.

As I went further downstairs, I saw a car I had never seen before. This is a silver convertible car with a very classical, rounded overall shape. It has a round emblem. K? Does it look a bit like that Peugeot Lion?

It turned out to be a snake motor. This is the manufacturer of Takeshi Kitano and George Tokoro. It was the only custom car in the world.

Snake Motors 196RS Kitano Special (2007)<br>
Snake Motors 196RS Kitano Special (2007)

Beyond that, there was a Japanese supercar, a Toyota 2000GT that is now said to cost 100 million yen, an ultra-luxury car area such as Rolls-Royce, a full-size American muscle car area, and for some reason only one Volkswagen type car. 1, and at the end there was a Hummer H1 and a Mega Cruiser. It is a huge brother with a width of more than 2 meters.

``They say it's this wide so it won't roll over even if you step on a landmine,'' says owner Nakamura. "If you drive around town with this width, you'll naturally become more careful and skillful at driving." No, that's certainly true...

Porsche 911S (RS2.7 specification) (1973)<br>
Porsche 911S (RS2.7 specification) (1973)
Mercedes-Benz 300SL Coupe (1955)<br>
Mercedes-Benz 300SL Coupe (1955)
This dazzling future feeling and gorgeousness<br>
This dazzling future feeling and gorgeousness
Chevrolet Corvette C1 and Ford Thunderbird in the back (both 1955)<br>
Chevrolet Corvette C1 and Ford Thunderbird in the back (both 1955)
American muscle cars lined up<br>
American muscle cars lined up
Chevrolet Corvette C3 (front 1975) and C2 (back 1967)<br>
Chevrolet Corvette C3 (front 1975) and C2 (back 1967)
Volkswagen Type 1 1303S Cabriolet (1977)<br>
Volkswagen Type 1 1303S Cabriolet (1977)
Right Hummer H1 (2006) Left Toyota Mega Cruiser (2000)<br>
Right Hummer H1 (2006) Left Toyota Mega Cruiser (2000)

Even so, I have nothing but respect for the fact that so many cars, such famous cars that must be preserved for future generations, are being preserved with private funds.

The Turin Museum is a place where you can meet rare cars that can only be seen here. At the attached restaurant, Corniche, you can enjoy meals made with carefully selected ingredients such as Kobe beef, as well as the beer garden and terrace BBQ, while looking out at the national treasure Himeji Castle.

Please come and visit us at least once.

(Writer Kojima)

*This article is information as of May 2023. Prices include tax. Product contents and prices may change.

Useful information

Shinki bus

From Shinki Bus Himeji Station (north exit), take the No. 1 "Imajuku Kanko" bus from platform 1. Get off at the Shirasagibashi/Kojima Eye Clinic Kita bus stop and walk for 2 minutes.

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basic information

Turin Museum

Address: 7F Hermes Building, 51 Fukunakacho, Himeji City, Hyogo Prefecture, 670-0017 (formerly Mega Park)

Phone number: 079-224-2220

Business hours: 8:00-17:00

Closed: Mondays, Tuesdays (open on holidays, etc.)

Access: Get off at Himeji Minami IC and go north for 10 minutes Get off at Sanyo Main Line “Himeji Station” and walk 13 minutes

Parking: Yes

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