Motorbikes, license plates and other collections

A very unusual museum displays vintage two and four wheel vehicles; valuable items manufactured in Argentina and abroad.

It takes collectors many years to select the material for their cherished gallery. In San Martín de los Andes, a few blocks from the main square, Daniel Rubinger, an architect, managed to collect extremely valuable pieces which he gladly shares with his visitors.

It has been dubbed The License Plate Museum because of the large number of plates covering the basement walls of his home. However, that is not all.

As Daniel guided us, we learnt that he has pursued varied interests during his life. His museum is the result of his love of old motorbikes and cars. He is extremely knowledgeable about all their features and history. In his own words: ‘When you collect, you are always seeking the impossible. When you finally get it, you go for more. That’s the way it works.’

There are several classic motorbikes in different stages of restoration, each with its own characteristics and origin. In the same room we saw a 1957, second series Puma and a 1962 Tehuelche, both made in Argentina, as well as several extremely valuable Harley Davidsons dating back to the early 20th century. He proudly showed us two miniature replicas of astounding minuteness. One is from 1903, a real curiosity. He endeavors to make them all fully functional even if it means assembling the missing pieces with the help of an instruction manual. He keeps an array of tools and original accessories in glass cabinets.

  • Love for motorcycles

    Love for motorcycles

  • Licence Plates and motorbikes original

    Licence Plates and motorbikes original

  • 32 Chevrolet year

    32 Chevrolet year

  • Miniature amazing accuracy

    Miniature amazing accuracy

  • Puma motorcycle

    Puma motorcycle

  • Harley Davidson

    Harley Davidson

  • Scotland stoneware

    Scotland stoneware

During our conversation we learnt that his passion for finding these treasures from the past began when he bought his first vintage car. At the back of the garage is a ’32 Chevy with its original paint, exterior horns and animal hood ornament, a priceless jewel.

He then managed to get a considerable number of car and motorbike plates. This was before the advent of internet when he would exchange information and plates with specialized national and international clubs. They are all original and belonged to private, official and diplomatic vehicles. Each has distinct features such as designs, material and general condition and the oldest is from Buenos Aires City.
It was a wonderful surprise to come across a bike with a 38 c.c. Garelli engine, similar to the one Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara rode on his first trip around Argentina. In a corner we couldn’t help but notice a small, antique collection of beer bottles made of stoneware. Imported from Scotland, they were filled in breweries in Argentina.

Each and every object had a story to tell, like rally prizes or the incredible feats and achievements of every manufacturer.

We bid farewell to Daniel Rubinger, a professional who finds time to devote to his love for motorcycles, especially Harley Davidsons, his first bike as a young man.

Autor Mónica Pons Fotografo Eduardo Epifanio

Contact of the excursion or tour

Daniel Rubinger

Cortada Los Abedules (8370) San Martín de los Andes, Neuquén, Argentina

Tel: +54 2972-427834

Tour KindTour Kind: Regional Museum.

Recommendations Phone in advance for visits. No admission fee.

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