Thursday, August 11, 2005

 

Auto museums in Stuttgart

Spent today at the museums of two major auto manufacturers, Porsche and Mercedes-Benz (a.k.a. DaimlerChrylser) in Stuttgart. Both are easily accessible by S-Bahn and both are free to the public.

The Porsche museum is to the northwest of downtown Stuttgart in Zuffenhausen. It is not very large, housing about 15 cars. There are some significant cars there, however, including the Sunoco CanAm car driven by Mark Donahue, LeMans winners, and the McLaren Formula 1 car powered by the T.A.G. engine designed by Porsche.

The Mercedes Museum is considerably larger, with a timeline of cars beginning with what is considered the first successful automobile in 1885. At that time Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz were rivals, so examples of cars from both factories are on display. The exhibit includes famous competition cars including the Silver Arrows machines from the 1930s. Some of the exhibits are not available at the moment, undergoing restoration or on display elsewhere. In addition, Mercedes is building a new museum that should open next summer.

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