By Elina T. Htun | “The attraction does not lie so much in the car itself. Rather, in the person who chose it and drove it, in the events it witnessed and places it was steered towards”, His Majesty, the late King Hussein has said. The Royal Automobile Museum in Jordan is genuine proof of that, showcasing some spectacular vehicles that are really worth mentioning and eventually seeing live.
This museum, inaugurated by King Abdullah II in 2003, is the first public automotive museum in the Arab world, serving as a tribute to the late King Hussein, the history of Jordan and special important moments over the years, parallel with remembering the car design and performance evolution history.
The King’s first car
The very first car of HM King Hussein was a 1952 ROVER P4 (built in England); he received it while was studying at Harrow in England. In that time ROVER car had the reputation as a popular and affordable car in England. Only after the World War II, ROVER gained the international market respect, receiving favourable reviews in Europe and the US.
The cars were known for their mechanical quality, and soon Leland’s models became part of a high luxury brand and the choice of the US presidents like Roosevelt, Truman and Kennedy.
The first official car
The 1952 Lincoln Capri Convertible is another beauty that can be found here. Henry Leland, who established Cadillac, founded Lincoln in 1921. The cars were known for their mechanical quality, and soon Leland’s models became part of a high luxury brand and the choice of the US presidents like Roosevelt, Truman and Kennedy.
In Britain, the Capri Convertible model first was used by the Royal Palace and only then in 1953 by the late King Hussein. However, this vehicle was and is considered one of the most important cars in the history of Jordan and a truly precious diamante in this collection.