Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow cars are motor racing icons, known and loved all around the world. A special exhibition devoted to the history of these amazing vehicles from 1934 to 1939 is to run from 11 October 2012 to 6 January 2013 at the Louwman Museum in The Hague. Starring in this very special show will be a selection of stunning original vehicles from the Mercedes-Benz Classic collection.
This joint initiative with the Louwman Museum, which opened at its current location in 2010, is the most ambitious collaboration of its kind ever undertaken by the world’s oldest automobile manufacturer. As well as housing the world’s oldest private automobile collection accessible for public viewing, the Louwman Museum also ranks as the Netherlands national motoring museum.
The six exhibits on display in the “Silver Arrows 1934–1939” exhibition in the large hall of the Louwman Museum comprise the racing cars W 25, W 125, W 165, and W 154, and also the 1936 12-cylinder W 25 record car. The record car will be displayed with a replication of the fully streamlined body made for this extraordinary vehicle, with the original body shown alongside as a separate installation.
Numerous other exhibits and photographs from the holdings in the Mercedes-Benz Classic collection will help to recount the story of the Silver Arrows and those who drove them. The items on display will provide unique insights into the lives of legendary drivers such as Rudolf Caracciola, Manfred von Brauchitsch, and Hermann Lang, both on and off the racetrack. And, of course, the charismatic personality of Alfred Neubauer, the dynamic racing team manager who orchestrated the triumphs of the Silver Arrows with such consummate skill, will be a central figure in the exhibition.
In 1934, a Dutch automobile dealer named Pieter Louwman purchased a 1914 Dodge, which marked the beginning of a unique collection of historic automobiles and laid the foundations for today’s museum with a collection of more than 230 historic vehicles and the world’s largest collection of automotive art. A love of classic cars clearly runs in the Louwman family, because the institution is now in the hands of the founder’s son, Evert Louwman.
The permanent exhibition is divided into four sectors: “The Dawn of Motoring”, “Motoring”, “Racing”, and “Luxury”. The museum’s holdings include the world’s largest collection of Spyker vehicles, and its De Dion Bouton et Trépardoux, made in 1887, is now reputedly the world’s second-oldest car.
In 2010, the Louwman Museum relocated to a three-storey building in The Hague, designed by the American architects Michael Graves and Gary Lapera. The building provides more than 10,000 square metres of exhibition space for the collection that was previously on show in Leidschendam as the National Automobile Museum, and in Raamsdonksveer as the Louwman Collection.
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