Story about classic cars

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Added On November 14, 2017

With over a hundred years of vehicles on show, walking through Athen's Motor Museum is like stepping through time. 
 
LIFESTYLES went for a behind the scenes look..
 
The museum covers just about all of motoring history.
 
The oldest is an 1895 Hunnia horse-drawn carriage with a water pump that was used as a firetruck. 
 
While one of the newest is a 1980 Ferrari 308 GTSi.
   
In between there are vehicles from some of the biggest names in the business, such as Bentley and Bugatti - as well as some forgotten ones, such as Avion Voisin, Adler, Delage and Dino.
 
According to the general director of the Museum, the collection is mainly thanks to one man.
 
SOUNDBITE 1 (Greek): MARINA FILIPOUSSI, Museum general director
"The idea behind the museum belongs to Theodoros Charagionis, founder of the museum. Everything started from his love to automotive industry and car races."
   
The museum first opened its doors in March 2011.
   
Dedicated to technology and four wheels evolution, each exhibit has a different story to tell.
 
SOUNDBITE 2 (Greek): MARINA FILIPOUSSI, Museum general director
"Among the popular cars of the collection is the pink colored Imperial Crown Convertible Chrysler which belonged to the front man of the rock group "Led Zeppelin" , the legend Robert Plant." 
 
It was built in 1959. Only 555 units of this model were produced, at 5,800 U.S. dollars each - or around 46,000 dollars today. 
 
Ů SOUNDBITE 3 (Greek): MARINA FILIPOUSSI, Museum general director
"The Bugatti models are also very important, since they were very unique and custom made. Also, Ettore Bugatti, the former owner, would sell his models only if he liked the buyer."
 
Due to the size of the collection, displays are continuously swapped in or out, and can be themed around special exhibitions.
 
In a special place in the museum, visitors can also find the permanent exhibition "MADE BY HELLAS" for cars manufactured, assembled or designed in Greece.
 
As a private funded organization, the museum cannot be supported only by the tickets.
 
"We lease the areas of the museum for company and social events. Since 2011, we have had over 30,000 visits through special events, not including school and individual visitors."
 
While the cars were all bought for a price at auction, Filipoussi says at heart they are priceless.
 
SOUNDBITE 4 (Greek): MARINA FILIPOUSSI, Museum general director
"You can say that they are like paintings. Their price depends on how much anyone is willing to pay in order to acquire it. But, in the last years many wealthy markets have emerged, willing to pay a lot of money in auctions to have them."