History

Oakland

The foundation for this museum was laid in late 1960s when Oļģerts Orleāns, then in his prime, completed the restoration of his first antique car, a 1922 Renault. It was the same one which years later “starred” in the movie, “A Slave of Love” by the famous Russian Film Director Nikita Mikhalkov in which the restorer himself had an acting role.
When the Latvian Vintage Car Club (Latv.: Antīko automobīļu klubs) AAK was established in 1972, Oļģerts Orleāns was among the original founders of this organization.

Oakland

About Us

Oļģerts Orleāns
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Normunds Orleāns
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Over the years the number of cars kept growing - they were bought, swapped and sold. Oļģert’s son, Normund, is following in his father’s foot-steps gaining a restorer’s knowledge, skills, and experience. Eventually, vintage cars take center stage in the life of the entire Orleans’ family, and during the course of the past 20 years, they formed the impetus for the emergence of the current image of the “Vintage Car Museum” which was officially established in December, 2010.

Save it from rust!

Oakland

“Save it from rust!” is the motto of our museum since the biggest enemy of metal is rust; but it can be stopped and the damage - repaired. Depending upon the extent of corrosion, various methods of restoration can be applied. In minor cases, cosmetic intervention will suffice, but in more serious ones, the corroded metal is replaced by a new piece. Correctly repaired and treated, items will last a long time providing enjoyment for more than a generation. It is very important to preserve our cultural and historic heritage in this area. At one time cars, motorcycles, and bicycles assembled or manufactured in Latvia were rated among the best in the world – something worthwhile remembering and to be proud of! Should you own something of (historical) value which you can no longer afford to maintain but would like to preserve for future generations, we invite you to turn to us for advice. We promise we can help you!

Oakland

Our Mission

Wanderer

The purpose of our museum is not just to keep dust off of the exhibits, but to also familiarize and expose our visitors to routine restoration activities, research and study. The importance of mentoring is emphasized to visitors as we tell of the socio-cultural heritage of engineering and its significance today. Many things and relationships which are so understood currently have evolved over time. Seeing the technical development of more than 100 years, we become aware of details which we would never think of, but now peak our interest. One such example is the history of the development of the blinking directional signal!

SMZ

Events

Jūrmala

As enthusiasts for preserving the technology of yesteryear, we participate in many events, rallies, municipal festivals, and often organize such activities of our own. Much anticipated and well attended were our Retro auto rallies “Get Acquainted with Mārupe” in 2004 and “Retro Mārupe” in 2005 and 2006. These events were not only celebrations for us and our vintage cars, all polished and in their former splendor cruising along the city streets, but in this manner we hoped to create a festive spirit in all those around us.

Jūrmala

Weddings

Kāzas

A wedding is one of the most memorable family celebrations. We are always honored to be able to participate in such an event. What could be better than arriving at a wedding, on a warm summer evening in a luxurious Mercedes-Benz or Opel Admiral convertible?

Kāzas

Films

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Normunds Orleāns
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A number of our museum collection’s cars have been used in shooting of several movies. Oļģerts Orleāns, the founder of the collection, participated in the following ones:
“Slave of Love” directed by N.Mikhalkov
“Hatred” dir. by S. Gasparov
“Road of Sorrows” dir. by V.Ordinsky
“Red Diplomatic Couriers” dir. by Villen Novak
“Marshal of the Revolution” dir. by S. Linkov

Latvian films:

“Gifts by the Phone” dir. by A.Brench
“Theatre” dir. by J.Strache
“Early Rust” dir. by G. Tsilinsky
“A Flower of One Summer” dir. by V. Laynya
“Dangerous Summer” dir. by I. Grauba

Ford

Historical Research

Ford

Historical data research and the analyses of various materials help us better understand the philosophy of auto-engineering throughout its history. The auto industry mirrors the best trends in fashion, in technology and its possibilities. These aspects reflect the aura of the past century, and provide clues about what people thought, what occupied them, and how they expressed their love. This diverse historical testimony facilitates auto restoration, because it permits us to retrace the capabilities of the craftsmen, the technologies available to them and the interaction of the two throughout the course of history.

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The Future

RAM

The materials we have gathered over the years, as well as our experience, have allowed us to grow. The discovery of new historical perspectives, facts and objects of that era have created an aura of enchantment which demands more light and space. Soon, restored bicycles of the Ulmanis’ period, unique household items like generators or water pumps, manufactured by leading car manufacturers will see the light of day. Our collection of books and rare materials also provide a great opportunity for scientific scrutiny of the past century. The museum is currently being under the reconstruction, but we are looking forward to seeing our guests again, when it is completed.

Kanna