Most of the cars on display at Autoworld come from the Mahy Collection revered by connoisseurs everywhere as it is one of the biggest in the world comprising around 1000 vehicles.
Ghislain Mahy was fascinated by technology from an early age. He restored very rare and sometimes unique models. Ordinary series production vehicles he kept back for later on. He was convinced that one day they would be worth restoring and that sending them to the scrap merchant was a mortal sin. For him every wreck had potential. And he put his money where his mouth was because during the course of his life he personally restored dozens of cars helped by his son Ivan and a few friends. This is how he built up an impressive collection of vehicles from all horizons, old and not so old, powered by steam or by the internal combustion engine.
For Ghislain and his sons Hans and Yvan, the collection had always been a hobby, far from any commercial concern. Each year, five cars passed under restoration since it was physically impossible to do more.
But finding a pre-1900 Belgian vehicle was an almost religious experience for him! This is why the collection contains a lot of Belgian makes like Minerva, Germain, FN, Imperia, Fondu, Vivinus, Nagant, Belga-Rise and Miesse.