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    Default French Car Museums - Where to go?

    I know there's a couple of similar posts on here, but I have less time. I'm going to UK for a wedding in June, and I've added 10 days in France onto the end. I'm going to spend 4 days in Paris then I'm going to hire a car and go driving.

    I'm keen to see a few French car museums. I'm particularly interested in French cars, concept cars, and cars from the 50's onwards. Which museums would people recommend? I'm quite happy to cover some ground.

    Also, from my online research Hertz appeared to be most suitable for car hire (based on transparency of insurance options and costs), and their default car for the category I wanted was a Clio. Does anyone have any other advice/information about car hire? I'd prefer to hire a Clio if possible (although I know I get what I'm given), as I'm thinking of buying one back here. I'm not going to be there for long enough to lease a car.

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    If you are in Paris there is always the Renault, Peugeot, Citroen, Toyota & Mercedes showrooms on the Champs Elysees.
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    +1 vote for the Schlumpf collection (Cité de l'Automobile). Highlight of my 2 year trip to Europe, absolutely mind-blowing.
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    I'll second Col on saying visit the showrooms on the Champs Elyssee. The Peugeot showroom was a bit of a let down but the Citroen showroom was pretty amazing! And the Merc one was pretty good too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Demannu View Post
    +1 vote for the Schlumpf collection (Cité de l'Automobile). Highlight of my 2 year trip to Europe, absolutely mind-blowing.
    I'll be there next month. I was going to visit the Peugeot Museum at Sochaux but forgot about Schlumpf until you mentioned it. I don't have time for both so will visit one and drive pass the other :-( I'm thinking now I should go to the Schlumpf.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sfrawley View Post
    I'll be there next month. I was going to visit the Peugeot Museum at Sochaux but forgot about Schlumpf until you mentioned it. I don't have time for both so will visit one and drive pass the other :-( I'm thinking now I should go to the Schlumpf.
    The Peugeot museum is also pretty cool, but not nearly to the same level as the Schlumpf collection. The problem with the Peugeot museum is that they only have a small portion of their collection on display at any one time, and they seem to dedicate much of their area to the new, concept type cars. Yawn.

    Now if you could get into the Peugeot museum warehouse, I'd fly over there again to join you.....
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    Thanks everyone for your suggestions, especially COL for the great list and maps.

    At this stage I'm planning on:
    Schlumpf Collection
    Musee Renault (in Paris)
    Peugeot Museum (so close to Schlumpf)
    Citromuseum (although it's a fair hike out there)
    The dealers along the Champs Elysees.


    Hoping to also get to Charbonneaux collection in Rheims.

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    Hi.

    When I was in London recently, they have a different system of hiring a vehicle. I hired from Europecar on the ring road next to Heathrow airport. Once you do the transaction in the office you go out to various "bays" and can choose from any vehicle from a dozen or so. All the vehicles are within the same group/class, but different manufactures, and models etc. I thought it was a good concept, as you can sit in them. I selected one that had a higher ride height, as we were touring the Cotswold's. Alas, not high enough to see over the kilometers of dry stone walls along the sides of the roads!!!

    I don't know if they same concept applies in France.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whippet View Post
    Hi.

    When I was in London recently, they have a different system of hiring a vehicle. I hired from Europecar on the ring road next to Heathrow airport. Once you do the transaction in the office you go out to various "bays" and can choose from any vehicle from a dozen or so. All the vehicles are within the same group/class, but different manufactures, and models etc. I thought it was a good concept, as you can sit in them. I selected one that had a higher ride height, as we were touring the Cotswold's. Alas, not high enough to see over the kilometers of dry stone walls along the sides of the roads!!!

    I don't know if they same concept applies in France.
    Sounds brilliant. I will look at Europcar as well. I was looking at Hertz as their rentals and 'added costs' seemed the most transparent, but my reason for choosing France over any other European country was to visit European car museums. So I'm quite happy to pay a bit more for the car I want, which at this stage is a Clio. They seem to let you book a specific car online though.

    Interestingly when looking through the 51 cars Hertz has available, one of them is the Ligier JS 50 Club (or similar) which I've never heard of before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Demannu View Post
    The Peugeot museum is also pretty cool, but not nearly to the same level as the Schlumpf collection. The problem with the Peugeot museum is that they only have a small portion of their collection on display at any one time, and they seem to dedicate much of their area to the new, concept type cars. Yawn.

    Now if you could get into the Peugeot museum warehouse, I'd fly over there again to join you.....


    I visited the Peugeot museum only a few weeks ago - great experience. Very interesting to see the beautiful hand tools and kitchen appliances that they started with. Not to mention bicycles and motorcycles too.

    Only had a small area for concept cars though, maybe four? They had a special rally exhibition on too so had all the 1 to 5 series rally and raid cars on display which was cool.

    I hired a 208 hdi from Avis and was very happy with service and price - I think all the big hire companies are much the same these days.

    Would have loved to visit the Schlumph collection but was short on time and had a pilgrimage to make to see Ari Vatanan's Pikes Peak 405 and 205 group B. I can die a happy man now!

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    Is anyone able to translate the opening hours for the Citroen Museum for me? I'm trying to work out if they'll be open in June around Tue 10- Thu 12. Any help would be appreciated. I haven't started learning French yet, it's on my list before I go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanielBendigo View Post
    Is anyone able to translate the opening hours for the Citroen Museum for me? I'm trying to work out if they'll be open in June around Tue 10- Thu 12. Any help would be appreciated. I haven't started learning French yet, it's on my list before I go.

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    Courtesy of Bing Translator

    The Museum is located in Castellane, in the Alpes de Haute Provence.
    800 m after the village on the road to Digne.


    http://www.citromuseum.com/fileadmin...ernational.jpg in front of the Camping International * which can welcome you throughout the year.


    Access:

    Coming from Grenoble, by the route Napoléon, 50 minutes after worthy.
    Coming from Cannes, by the route Napoléon (N85), 1 hour after Grasse.
    From Aix en Provence, motorway direction Gap, exit les Mées, direction Digne then Castellane.


    * Opening dates: April 12, 2014, from 12 October 2014.

    * Every day.

    * Opening hours: 14:00-18: 00

    July - August: 10 H - 18 H

    * Price: Adult €7, children €3.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DanielBendigo View Post
    Is anyone able to translate the opening hours for the Citroen Museum for me? I'm trying to work out if they'll be open in June around Tue 10- Thu 12. Any help would be appreciated. I haven't started learning French yet, it's on my list before I go.

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    You can click on the English flag and it puts it all into English. A great collection and a great place to visit.

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    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ligier

    This French manufacturer actually produced the last of the SM's then went on to make micro powered city cars. The JS Club 50 Ligier looks like a shrunken DS3. I bet their museum would be interesting as this company was started by a footballer interested in Motorsport.
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    So it's all planned, and I've made many of my bookings. I've got a week in Paris then I'm catching a train down to Nice. Despite a distance of about 5 times as far, it has twice the train frequency of the Melbourne-Bendigo train line. I'll see the Renault Museum in Paris, as well as go to the dealers along Champs Elyssee.

    I have a day (Monday) in Nice, then going to Monte Carlo for a night probably seeing Monaco top cars collection the next morning before heading to Castellane for the Citro Museum. Wednesday will be driving from Castellane to Sochaux (via Geneva) to spend Thursday at the Peugeot Factory and Museum. I'll then drive for a night in Mulhouse, and spend my Friday with the Schlumpf collection. I need to be at the airport Sunday night so I'm hoping to stop in Reims for the Musee Automobile over the weekend.

    I leave Monday morning and the plane arrives at 5:30pm Tuesday. I'm back at work on Wednesday because I stupidly decided I'd much rather have an extra day or two to wind down in France rather than a day or two to wind down at home after the flight.

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    And Europcar have no one way rental fee for car hire. With RACV membership, a Clio is $220 for a week pick up Nice, drop off CDG Airport in Paris. And the lovely lady I spoke to let me request a Renault Clio, and she expects there should be no problems giving me one.

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