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29 August 2018

The weird and wonderful cars of Thailand's Jesada Technik Museum

By Mitchell TulkMitchell Tulk

The Jesada Technik Museum is one massive shed, like something you would find in the outback and some of the cars inside it are looking worse for wear.

However, there's a reason for this, one man - Jesada Deshsakulrith - has been collecting cars for 20 years (starting with a Messerschmitt KR200) and decided to open a museum in 2006.

His collection is big enough to impress the likes of Jay Leno, with cars on display from all corners of the globe.

Citroen is especially well represented with a range of its 'wacky' offerings lining the museum, and there's a whole row dedicated to the 2CV. Jesadadej must have something for the French brand...

  • This old Soviet beastie featured a leather body. I guess metal was too expensive. This old Soviet beastie featured a leather body. I guess metal was too expensive.
  • BMW Isettas. The first car in the world to get a five-star ANCAP safety rating... BMW Isettas. The first car in the world to get a five-star ANCAP safety rating...
  • Chrysler Valiant, is that you? Chrysler Valiant, is that you?
  • You probably wouldn't expect a Maserati Biturbo to be all the way out here. But here it is. You probably wouldn't expect a Maserati Biturbo to be all the way out here. But here it is.
  • The Chevrolet Corvair, need I say more. The Chevrolet Corvair, need I say more.
  • Nothing like an old Citroen to bring some humour to a car collection. Nothing like an old Citroen to bring some humour to a car collection.
  • What's your favourite generation of Mini? What's your favourite generation of Mini?
  • 1300-1500ccs of pure, carburetted power! 1300-1500ccs of pure, carburetted power!
  • Please tell us what this is in the comments. We don't have much clue. Please tell us what this is in the comments. We don't have much clue.
  • Fun fact: 'regular people' weren't allowed to own a luxurious Tatra 603 in the early '50s. They were for Communist Party Members only. Fun fact: 'regular people' weren't allowed to own a luxurious Tatra 603 in the early '50s. They were for Communist Party Members only.
  • Fun fact #2: These things were created by a presenter on old 'old' Top Gear. Fun fact #2: These things were created by a presenter on old 'old' Top Gear.
  • A NY Checkered Cab dressed up as a limo? Now I've seen everything. A NY Checkered Cab dressed up as a limo? Now I've seen everything.
  • All aboard the party bus! All aboard the party bus!
  • The Amphibicar Model 770 was one of the first 'proper' amphibious vehicles. The Amphibicar Model 770 was one of the first 'proper' amphibious vehicles.
  • Meet the 'sort of, but not really' grandfather to the 300SL gullwing: the Mercedes-Benz W186. Similar engine. Meet the 'sort of, but not really' grandfather to the 300SL gullwing: the Mercedes-Benz W186. Similar engine.
  • Subjectively speaking; awesome car. Objectively speaking: total rubbish. Subjectively speaking; awesome car. Objectively speaking: total rubbish.

He also seems to have a thing for three-wheeled micro cars with another row consisting of BMW Isettas, a couple of Bond Bugs (neither with a turbo Hayabusa engine) and a bunch of others I couldn't identify.

The cars I did recognise included a second-generation Chevy Corvair, Honda Beat, DeLorean DMC-12 and the German amphibious Amphicar.

Sadly, there aren't any details on each individual car, and those with information boards are in Thai, so if you plan to visit you'll need to brush up on the local tongue.

I would loved to have known more about the Framo LT 300, which is a three-wheeled pick-up made of wood with the engine sitting completely exposed on top of the front wheel.

What's the weirdest car in the Jesada Technik Museum? Let us know in the comments.